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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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Covenant nurse first to get coronavirus vaccine in Lubbock

Dec 15, 2020
Photo provided by Covanent Health

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. 

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From June 2020:  

On this episode of Noche de Tango, host Charles Olivier explores and honors the influence African slaves and immigrants had on the origins of Tango to how it has manifested in a contemporary context today.

En este episodio de Noche de Tango, el presentador Charles Olivier explora y honra la influencia que los esclavos e inmigrantes africanos tuvieron en los orígenes del Tango hasta cómo se ha manifestado en un contexto contemporáneo hoy.

Nine months in, the pandemic has crushed Texas health care workers' spirits, killed their colleagues

Dec 11, 2020
Justin Rex for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

When Amy Jones burst through the doors of the intensive care unit, she found a line of health care workers in the hallway, she said. Jones was sobbing. Shaking. She let out a scream.

A doctor named Juan Fitz was dying.

“I’ve never seen this level of human suffering in my 20 years of healthcare.”

Chad Montandon sees the worst of the worst COVID-19 cases. He’s a nurse in the medical intensive care unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock. It’s been like that since March.

Odessa hospitals left off the state's list for first wave of coronavirus vaccines

Dec 10, 2020

From Marfa Public Radio:

The first wave of coronavirus vaccines will be distributed to hospitals across Texas beginning next week, but Odessa facilities won’t receive doses, despite shrinking hospital capacity and a high number of active cases.

Petrie Dish: Dr. Peter Hotez on coronavirus vaccines

Dec 10, 2020

From Texas Public Radio: 

The Food and Drug Administration is meeting publicly today to talk about the first of two COVID vaccines that might get approval before the end of the year. TPR Bioscience and Medicine Reporter Bonnie Petrie tells us more about the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines with the help of one of Texas’s top vaccine scientists.

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From The Texas Tribune:

This fall, two Texas universities found themselves in regions of the state engulfed in some of the worst coronavirus surges seen across the nation: the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The two largest West Texas public universities ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum in how they approached the fall semester, facing the unprecedented educational and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lubbock COVID data temporarily dips

Dec 8, 2020

The data may look better this week, but at Tuesday’s weekly COVID-19 news conference, Lubbock officials said they’re looking at it with “cautious optimism.”

The number of people hospitalized with complications of the coronavirus dipped this week, but bed capacity is still limited. 

The city reported a hospitalization high point on Nov. 29, when 360 patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, 283 people were hospitalized with the virus. Eighty-nine of those patients were in intensive care, according to data from the city.


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.