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UNDATED (AP) – Power outages from severe weather have roughly doubled over the past two decades across the U.S. as a warming climate stirs more destructive storms. An Associated Press analysis found the number of outages tied to severe weather rose from about 50 annually nationwide in the early 2000s to more than 100 annually on average over the past five years. The weather disasters fueled by climate change now roll across the U.S. year-round, battering the nation’s aging electric grid. The resulting blackouts can be harmful and even deadly for the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable communities.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A grand jury has indicted a nurse on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the 2019 death of a Black man at a North Carolina jail, but declined to indict five former detention officers involved in the incident. News outlets report Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill confirmed that Michelle Heughins, who worked as a nurse at the jail, was indicted Monday in John Neville’s death. O’Neill says he’s disappointed in the outcome and prosecutors will meet with investigators and Neville’s family before deciding on any further action. Body camera videos showed him yelling “I can’t breathe!” as he was restrained. An attorney for Heughins says her client will be fully vindicated at trial.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s intermediate appeals court has ruled a lawsuit that attempts to block a law that permits four Charlotte-area municipalities to operate their own charter schools can’t go forward. The Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of legislative leaders defending the 2018 law. The North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP chapters and two parents had sued, calling the law unconstitutional in part by encouraging racial segregation in public schools. A trial judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit, but the appeals court said the plaintiffs alleged neither a direct injury nor immediate threat of injury from the law.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say one person is dead in Georgia and another in Texas amid damaging storms, high winds and tornadoes around the South. Forecasters said the storms Tuesday were just the start of what could be two days of violent weather in the region. More than 50,000 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday night from eastern Texas to South Carolina. In Bryan County, Georgia, an offical said a woman was killed by a suspected tornado that damaged homes and left several others injured. In Whitehouse, Texas, a fire chief confirmed one person was killed as storms moved through early Tuesday Forecasters say another round of damaging weather is expected Wednesday.