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Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 5-9 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live. 

Weather: Cold and breezy at time this morning with a clear sky. Wind speeds in the range of 10-18 mph through the afternoon changing to the east by this evening. High near 62, low tonight near 29. Breezy southwest wind Tuesday with high nearing 64, also partly sunny.

The commander-in-chief made an unprecedented phone call during his final weeks in office

In a recorded conversation over the weekend, President Trump pressured Georgia's secretary of state to "find" enough votes to overturn the election. It's his latest attempt to dispute president-elect Joe Biden's certified victory. The president has repeatedly tried to dispute Biden's win in Georgia, alleging voter fraud, ballot disappearance, and other unproven claims. In response, the state has recounted its votes three times and conducted multiple audits of the election results. Secretary Raffensperger himself refused to adhere to the president's request.

Members of the inaugural committee say there will be a virtual parade after Biden is sworn-in to minimize crowds

But they're urging people not to travel to d-c and instead watch the event in person on January 20th. The event will also feature performances in communities across the country. Performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 117th congress was sworn-in on Capitol Hill

The full house of representatives also voted in house Speaker Nancy Pelosi to a fourth, non-consecutive term. She's the only woman to serve as speaker.

House democrats kept control of the house in the November elections, but will now have a narrower majority. On the senate floor, Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath to new and re-elected senators. It all looked a bit different this year with safety precautions because of the pandemic. The number of senators sworn in at a time was smaller to minimize crowding.

Six more people have died of COVID-19 and its complications in Lubbock County

The virus has killed 564 people here since March. The city confirmed another 67 new cases yesterday. That's one of the lowest counts Lubbock has seen in weeks. Two cases were identified as duplicates or sent to other counties. 100 people told the city they've overcome the illness. That brings the active case count to more than 3400. Throughout all of our service area, COVID-19 treatment takes up more than 21% of hospital capacity.

Texas has hit a new record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations

State health officials reported more than 12,500 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals Sunday, an increase of more than 240 from Saturday. It was the sixth time in seven days the state reported record breaking hospitalizations. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 14,500 new confirmed cases and 50 fatalities yesterday. Intensive care units in parts of Texas are full or nearly full.

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