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‘We can’t lose our momentum:’ Louisiana vows to rebuild
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – Utility crews in Louisiana are scrambling to restore power and residents in the besieged southwest part of the state are vowing to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Delta. Louisiana officials on Sunday attributed the deaths of an 86-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman to the hurricane. Gov. John Bel Edwards said the St. Martin Parish man died in a fire linked to a generator. State officials said the Iberia Parish woman died in a fire caused by a natural gas leak. The remnants of Delta were blamed for a drowning in Florida. Delta made landfall Friday before moving over Lake Charles, still reeling from Hurricane Laura.
TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Louisiana officials announce 2nd death in storm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana officials have announced a second death from Hurricane Delta. The state Department of Health says a 70-year-old woman in Iberia Parish died in a fire likely caused by a natural gas leak following damage from the storm. Gov. John Bel Edwards said earlier Sunday that an 86-year-old man from St. Martin Parish died in a fire that started after he refueled a power generator in a shed. Delta made landfall Friday evening in southwest Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane and then began weakening quickly over land. It came weeks after Hurricane Laura battered the same region. Laura claimed 32 lives, though only seven of the deaths came the day that the hurricane struck. Many others were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.
Graham, Harris share spotlight as Barrett hearings begin
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans are vowing a quick confirmation for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The GOP is rushing to put conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the high court before the Nov. 3 election. The process starts Monday with hearings before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearings are likely to be a hybrid involving in-person questioning and some participation via video after two GOP senators on the committee contracted the novel coronavirus. Some Democrats have refused to meet with Barrett, and the hearings are likely to be highly contentious, although not as explosive as hearings two years ago to consider Brett Kavanaugh.
Police: Man charged in death of 4-year-old struck by truck
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man faces criminal charges in the death of a 4-year-old child who was struck by a truck. WRAL-TV reports that the driver, 42-year-old Cary Theron Moore, was taken into custody at the scene of Saturday evening’s collision. A news release from the town of Holly Springs says police charged Moore with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Police do not believe the driver was intoxicated.
TREE BORER RESEARCH
Tennessee State researchers, others study wood-boring beetle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A group of researchers from Tennessee State University will help develop new ways to manage a wood-boring beetle that attacks trees. The university says it has received a $6 million federal grant to lead a nationwide team of researchers on the project. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The researchers in the College of Agriculture will focus on the flatheaded borer. Other researchers are from the University of Tennessee, Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, Clemson University, University of Georgia, USDA-Agriculture Research Service-Byron, University of Florida, Texas A&M, University of California and Oregon State University.
Driver fleeing from state trooper dies in crash
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a driver fleeing from a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper died after his car veered off a road and slammed into a tree. The state Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the two passengers were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. The driver died at the scene. His name and age weren’t immediately released. The news release says the driver initially stopped but sped off after the trooper pulled him over for speeding on Saturday night in Cumberland County.
Wave of ‘Nutcracker’ cancellations hits dance companies hard
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The coronavirus has hit one part of the arts and entertainment world especially hard, and that’s performances of “The Nutcracker.” The pandemic has forced the cancellation of performances of the seasonal ballet around the United States and Canada. Pulling the shows offstage this year is eliminating a major and reliable source of revenue for dance companies that were already reeling financially following the virtual shutdown of their industry. Company directors say the cancellations also affect the marketing role that “Nutcracker” performances play for introducing audiences to the world of dance. Some companies say offering both in-person and streaming productions may become the norm.