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Recent snow helps, but not enough to dampen drought concerns on the South Plains

Earlier this week, snow fell across different parts of Texas. But, it didn’t do much to help drought conditions in the South Plains region. After a dry 2020, farmers and other agriculturists hope for more precipitation this year. On Wednesday, there was still snow on the ground at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Center, just north of the Lubbock airport. The South Plains may be known for cotton, but they also grow several other crops at the center for research. Rebekah Pustejovsky is a...

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Lubbock

Editor's note: This post will be updated regularly with where eligible Lubbockites can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Find a map of providers and availability in each Texas county here. Updated 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 Appointments for the City of Lubbock's Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the week of Jan. 17 have been filled. Information about other vaccination opportunities will be shared here as it becomes available. The clinics will be: Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday...

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Please join all of us at Texas Tech Public Media in congratulating Sherril Skibell on retirement!Thank you for 19 years of hard work and dedication to Texas Tech Public Media. You will be greatly missed! “I learned more about Lubbock, about the people of West Texas, and about the importance of public media from Sherril than I did anywhere else.

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After two months of being considered a region with a high rate of COVID-19 patients, Lubbock hospitals are starting to see some relief. 



Staffed hospital beds have been in short supply this month. Lubbock’s two hospital systems reported no available beds the first two weeks of December. The worst day was Dec. 11, when 22 patients were in need of a hospital bed, according to city data. 

The situation has improved since Dec. 14. The most recent report shows 14 available beds.


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This week's Music Crossroads of Texas is for the lovesick and heartbroken alike, as host Curtis Peoples presents the second of two shows focusing on songs of love. 

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On this episode of Noche de Tango, host Charles Olivier explores the role and evolution of the double bass in the tango orchestra. 

En este episodio de Noche de Tango, el presentador Charles Olivier explora el papel y la evolución del contrabajo en la orquesta de tango.

A team of Texas Tech engineering students and professors install an air scrubbing device at a rural hospital in Wellington, TX.
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With limited hospital capacity around Texas, rural hospitals have had to convert entire wings of their facilities into makeshift COVID wards with limited equipment. Thanks to a team from Texas Tech, and a special air scrubbing device, one rural hospital can now safely house COVID patients.

Outside of Collingsworth General Hospital, engineering students and professors spend the morning fitting air ducts to windows along the side sectioned off for COVID patients. The task gets trickier when they reach the third window.

Coronavirus vaccine offers hope, now people have to get it

Dec 17, 2020
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Lubbock received nearly 5,000 doses of the first emergency-authorized Pfizer coronavirus vaccine this week. 



Pulmonologist Dr. Brian Williams was one of the first in line at Covenant Medical Center. 

“I’ve avoided COVID for the last nine months despite taking care of COVID patients every day, taking care of thousands of people,” Williams said. “So the fact that I can get the vaccine is quite amazing.” 


Writer with West Texas roots connects with father through book

Dec 17, 2020

Travel Writer Mary Walker Clark’s new book “Landing in My Present: A Father, a Daughter, and the Singular Himalayan Journey that Reunited Them” chronicles her journey of connecting with her father decades after he died.


Like many men of his generation, Second Lt. Charles Walker, a U.S. Army Air Forces World War II veteran, did not share much about his time at war. He died when Clark was a teenager growing up in Plainview.

Covenant nurse first to get coronavirus vaccine in Lubbock

Dec 15, 2020
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A nurse at Covenant Medical Center was the first person in Lubbock to receive the emergency-authorized coronavirus vaccine Tuesday.

Noe Melendez works in the cardiac intensive care unit at the hospital. He said he had no reservations about getting the Pfizer vaccine and hopes more vulnerable people will be able to get it soon. 

“I see people get really sick. I see the sickest of the sick,” he said. “If we can help curb that, that would be amazing for everybody.”

Melendez said the process was easy.

'29 wonderful years:' Lubbock bride lost to COVID remembered

Dec 15, 2020

On a late November afternoon, masked mourners fill Second Baptist Church in Levelland.

“Let’s be honest, none of us want to be here right now. We can think of 1,000 other places we’d rather be. But that’s not our reality.”

Minister Coby Colley addresses the friends and family of Stephanie Smith at her funeral. In the church she grew up in, they’re saying their final goodbyes.

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Do you consider yourself a Romantique? No? That's ok this edition of MCOT is for you too. On this episode of Music Crossroads of Texas, Curtis Peoples presents the first of two shows focusing on songs of love. 


Noche de Tango

Noche de Tango compiles sounds from musicians around the globe into an hour of your favorite Tango songs. New programs air every Friday night at 9 p.m. on 89.1.