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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ A witness told police that the suspect in a fatal university shooting took aim at a specific table where students were seated, according to investigative documents made public Thursday. The documents also show six boxes of ammunition were seized from an apartment during a search associated with the investigation. By Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 390 words.
SPECIAL SESSION LAWSUIT
RALEIGH _ A North Carolina appeals court is deciding if state legislators were just sneaky when they took surprise action to cut incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s powers, or if they violated the state constitution. The state Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit by government reform group Common Cause and voters. They claimed the legislators’ December 2016 session was illegal because lawmakers called it so quickly that the public had no time to weigh in. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
_ XGR--HOUSE DEMOCRATS _ North Carolina House Democrats are unhappy much of their favored legislation and policy preferences were ignored by Republican counterparts as a key parliamentary deadline passed this week.
_ TEACHER PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE _ Authorities say a North Carolina fifth-grade teacher has been arrested on child pornography charges.
_ BROADBAND GRANTS _ About 10,000 North Carolina households and several hundred businesses and government buildings are expected to gain high-speed internet access through the first grants issued by a new state broadband initiative.
_ NEW LIFEGUARD STAND _ After a number of swimming deaths in recent years, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will add another lifeguard stand.
_ ELECTION 2020-US SENATE _ A retired North Carolina financier challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in next year’s GOP primary says he’d stand with President Donald Trump on issues like cutting foreign aid and immigration.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ A former government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns against terrorist group al-Qaeda to a reporter. Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested Thursday morning and will make an initial appearance at the federal courthouse there, authorities said. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 790 words.
_ POLICE OFFICER-SEXUAL BATTERY _ A Virginia police officer has been indicted on a charge of sexual battery.
_ BLACK FEMALE BISHOP _ A former New Orleans attorney has become the fourth black female bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church and the first in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.
_ SECOND CHANCE MONTH _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May “Second Chance Month” in a bid to focus attention on criminal justice reform and inmate reentry programs.
_ MENTAL HEALTH TRANSPORTATION _ Thousands of mental health patients in Virginia will no longer be taken to the hospital in the back of police cars.
NUCLEAR BUNKER-FATAL FIRE
ROCKVILLE, Md. _ A wealthy stock trader is seeking a new trial after his murder conviction in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. Daniel Beckwitt’s attorneys asked a Montgomery County judge on Monday to schedule a hearing for their written request for a new trial. The judge and prosecutors didn’t immediately respond to their request. SENT: 360 words.
BALTIMORE _ Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young is set to be sworn into office Thursday, a week after his predecessor resigned amid corruption investigations. Young began leading the city on an interim basis in early April, when Catherine Pugh took a leave from her role as mayor due to what her lawyer described as poor health following a bout of pneumonia. By Regina Garcia Cano. UPCOMING.
TESLA CEO-COMPENSATION LAWSUIT
WILMINGTON, Del. _ A judge hears arguments on a motion by attorneys for Tesla Inc. board members and CEO Elon Musk to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit challenging a board decision to extend Musk a massive compensation package that could net him more than $50 billion if the electric car and solar panel company meets certain market capitalization and operational milestones over the next decade. BY Randall Chase. UPCOMING.
_ POLICE CHIEF-ANNE ARUNDEL _ Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman is keeping Police Chief Timothy Altomare.
_ BATLIMORE VIRUS ATTACK _ Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young says a ransomware virus that hit the city’s computer systems has forced operations to “revert back to manual.”
_ FORMER MAYOR-SEIZED ITEMS _ Officials in Baltimore’s City Hall have released a list of items seized by federal agents when they raided former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office.
_ BALTIMORE MAYOR _ Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young is set to be sworn into office.
BOSTON _ The Boston Bruins play the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The big question is who will be in net for Carolina: Petr Mrazek, who started the first nine games of the playoffs, or Curtis McElhinney, who has won three straight since Mrazek was injured. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.
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