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TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Thousands without power because of Alberto
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s largest electrical utility says about 20,000 homes and businesses are without power as the remnants of Alberto move through the state.
Alabama Power Co. says most of the outages, about 11,000, are in the state’s most populous area around Birmingham. About 6,000 more customers are without power around Montgomery.
Soil is saturated by rainwater, and winds blowing 25 mph with higher gusts are topping trees.
Alabama Power says damage is widespread.
The storm’s remnants doused the Deep South with waves of rain Tuesday as the vast, soggy system pushed northward toward the Tennessee Valley. Forecasters said the subtropical depression swirling near Birmingham could dump as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain on central Alabama.

 

 

CAB DRIVER KILLED
Taxi driver in North Carolina found shot to death near cab
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A taxi driver has been found shot to death in North Carolina near his cab.
News outlets reported that Winston-Salem police were called around 10 p.m. Monday and found 48-year-old Curtis Lee McCollum on the ground near the vehicle.
McCollum was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say he had been shot more than once.
No arrests have been reported.

 

 

POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
State investigates teen’s shooting by North Carolina officer
LAUREINBURG, N.C. (AP) – State police are investigating after a teen was shot and wounded by a police officer in North Carolina.
Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams told news outlets he cannot talk about the Saturday morning shooting because it’s under investigation.
Police were called to a shooting around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Williams wouldn’t release the name of the teen or the officer, whom he says has been placed on leave during the investigation. Williams did not say whether there was body camera video of the shooting.
He did not immediately respond to a message left Tuesday morning.
Scotland County NAACP president Herman Tyson told The Laurinburg Exchange he’s pleased state police are investigating.

 

 

FLOOD WATCH-NORTH CAROLINA
Flooding threat continues in western, coastal North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Weather forecasters say the threat of flooding continues in western North Carolina and for part of the state’s coastline.
The National Weather Service had a flood watch in effect through Wednesday morning for the western part of the state because of moisture from subtropical storm Alberto.
Forecasters say heavy rain will continue in western North Carolina where there has been heavy rain for two weeks.
The weather service said up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain is possible.
A flash flood watch was also in effect along the southeast coast through Tuesday afternoon. The weather service said another 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain was possible in the Wilmington area.
Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement that state officials are working with local officials to monitor conditions.

 

 

FALLEN TREE-FATAL WRECK
Carolinas: Falling tree kills 2 journalists reporting storm
TRYON, N.C. (AP) – A South Carolina TV news station says two of its journalists have been killed by a falling tree on their SUV while reporting on severe weather associated with the fringes of the storm system Alberto.
Greenville, South Carolina, station WYFF-TV reported that anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer had died Monday in the wreck in neighboring North Carolina.
Authorities say the broadcast journalists were traveling on a highway near Tryon, North Carolina, when a large tree toppled on their SUV, killing the two instantly.
Local officials declined to directly attribute the deaths to the subtropical system Alberto. Authorities say the tree became uprooted from soil loosened by days of recent rains.

 

 

PARK CLOSED
Collapsed retaining wall closes Chimney Rock State Park
CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say one of North Carolina’s more popular state parks has closed because a parking lot retaining wall has collapsed.
Officials at Chimney Rock State Park said the wall collapsed Saturday after a week of heavy rain. More rain is expected the next several days as the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto pass by the west.
Authorities say visitors should check the park’s website at https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/ to see when it reopens.
Chimney Rock State Park has seen several rock slides in recent years including one on October that closed the park for several weeks.
The park in Rutherford County was set aside more than 100 years ago.

 

 

DERBY CAR WRECK
6 hurt when derby car veers off N Carolina hill into crowd
(Information from: WLOS-TV, http://www.wlos.com/)
BREVARD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say six people have been hurt after a derby car ran off of a hill and into bystanders watching a race in a North Carolina mountain town.
Brevard Police Chief Phil Harris said the 13-year-old driver of the non-motorized wooden vehicle heard a pop, then lost control and veered into the crowd at Brevard’s White Squirrel Festival around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Harris told WLOS-TV that one person was taken by helicopter to an Asheville hospital with head injuries, four went to the local hospital and one person was treated at the scene.
In the derby races, young drivers build their own wooden cars without motors and race them downhill.

 

FILM GRANTS
Just 2 projects use NC’s film grants so far this fiscal year
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – With one month left in the fiscal year, a feature film and ads for a home improvement chain are the only projects to use North Carolina’s film grant program.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports the program has attracted “Words on Bathroom Walls” that’s filming in Wilmington and five commercials for Home Depot.
Last summer, legislators approved $15 million in funding to be added to $19 million in leftover funds from the previous 2016-17 budget year and $31 million in recurring funds for each year after.
The film is eligible for more than $2 million in grant money based on its $9.3 million in estimated direct in-state spending. Along with $500,000 in eligible funding for five Home Depot commercials, the projects account for less than $3 million of earmarked funds.