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Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 7-10 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live. 

Weather: Freezing patchy fog possible this morning, then becoming partly cloudy. Still a cold day with the high near 25, northerly wind 5-15mph. Tonight another setup for areas of freezing fog with the low near 10, then sunshine with 40s Friday.

In Lubbock, another day of schools closed for both in person and virtual instruction

With energy providers asking us to conserve, the school districts are reporting instruction just isn't feasible. Lubbock ISD, Cooper and Frenship are all out. Texas Tech closed campus again. Students need to check with instructors on virtual classes. Same story for South Plains college and Lubbock Christian University.

Lubbock Cooper is providing a community service this afternoon

On its Facebook page, the district reports many of its students have been stuck without power or water and are unable to clean up. So Cooper is opening its middle school facility this afternoon from 12-6 to use the private showers. This is for Cooper students only. Just enter through the west doors into the gym and staff will provide direction. Students need to bring all necessary hygiene items and towels.

Operators of the power grid that serves most of Texas plan to bring power back to millions of homes within the next 24 hours

Governor Abbott has announced new executive orders and new fuel resources that should provide thousands of mega-watts back to the ERCOT grid. That is not the same system we use here in Lubbock, yet. LP&L will join the ERCOT grid in the summer. That system has been strained for days because of failures in natural gas delivery and renewable energy production. Millions of Texans have gone without power or heat since Sunday night. Governor Abbott has made an ERCOT investigation an emergency item for this legislative session. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan have committee hearings planned for ERCOT as early as next week.

COVID-19 has now claimed 700 lives in Lubbock County

The city reports 2 of those deaths happened in the last 36 hours. COVID patients account for about 6.5% of hospitalizations across Lubbock's 22 county service area. City staffers confirmed 37 new cases yesterday. Recoveries outpaced new cases again. 44 people told the department they beat a confirmed case of the virus. That brings active cases down to 531.

A City of Lubbock employee accused of child porn crimes has pleaded "not guilty"

Justin Musgraves, the Deputy Director of Emergency Management is eligible for supervised release and home arrest. He's accused of keeping child porn on a tablet the City of Shallowater owns. The files were found after Musgraves returned it for routine software updates. He told the Rangers he didn't have the tablet for months. He said he left it at the Shallowater fire station in a public mailbox where anyone could access it. If convicted. Musgraves faces up to ten years in federal prison.

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