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West Texas Town Hall: The Next Wave Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 28, 2021


Months after vaccines became more widely available, there’s a new wave of COVID-19 cases sweeping across the United States and Texas. That includes Lubbock, where in the past week, new cases have been confirmed at the highest rate since February.


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Cruising down Parkway Drive, businesses dot the side of the road. Locally-owned restaurants, in particular, hold their own in East Lubbock. There aren’t many food options, so most neighbors support what they have. 

But you also see empty buildings and shopping centers. Some, in pretty rough shape. 



Local historian Cosby Morton said it wasn’t always like this. 

“Because of segregation, we were independent,” Morton said. “We had to make do. We had to adjust.”

As Delta Variant Spreads, CDC Urges Everyone To Mask Up

Jul 27, 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for vaccinated people. They recommend students, teachers and school visitors wear masks inside schools, regardless of vaccine status. Also, everyone, including vaccinated individuals, are urged to wear masks in public indoor spaces in areas with substantial or high transmission.

Paving A Future For Lubbock’s Brick Road

Jul 23, 2021
The bricks along Broadway has lined the street for nearly 100 years. Each brick was laid one-by-one in the 1920s and 30s.
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Lubbock is known for its flat, dusty skyline, surrounded by farmland. It’s been home to Texas Tech for almost a century. As well as the historic broadway road made of bricks that stretches from the university towards the city’s downtown.

However, it’s not the smoothest road to drive on, but it’s this feature the city is working to preserve and market.

City Councilman Jeff Griffith stood on the brick road that leads to his district. As he pointed out the flaws on Broadway, a truck drove by and hit a big bump.

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Charlotte Ellis gave a tour of her new home. Even without furniture or decor quite yet, it already has personal touches, like shelves at a height Ellis can easily reach.The newly-built four-bedroom home was constructed specifically for Ellis and her three children that live with her. 



After putting in hundreds of hours of what’s called “sweat equity,” Ellis is now a homeowner through Lubbock Habitat for Humanity. Her home is in the Talkington addition of the Parkway-Cherry Point neighborhood.