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TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Flooding damages oil refinery in central Cuba
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Flooding has damaged an oil refinery in central Cuba and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Alberto continue to drench the island in heavy rain.
State-owned TV showed authorities using barriers Tuesday to try to contain the spill from the Cienfuegos refinery about 150 miles southeast of Havana. The amount of crude that leaked was unknown but government media said 12,000 cubic meters of contaminated wastewater have leaked since Monday.
Heavy rain from the outer bands of the storm system is falling over much of Cuba. Authorities say about 20,000 people had been evacuated, mostly in provinces of Villa Clara and Cienfuegos. No deaths have been reported but the storm has damaged homes and bridges and halted traffic on the main east-west highway in several places.
STATE BUDGET-THE LATEST
The Latest: Budget adjustment bill advancing at legislature
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republicans at the General Assembly have advanced their proposed North Carolina state budget adjustments for the coming year despite complaints from Democrats about the details and the parliamentary process.
The nearly $24 billion spending plan moved through appropriations committees Tuesday on the way to floor votes starting Wednesday. The approved measure will wind up on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Cooper will likely repeat what he did last year, when he vetoed the two-year budget but GOP lawmakers overrode it.
This year’s measure contains average 6.5 percent pay raises for teachers and raises the minimum salary for any full-time state worker to just over $31,000.
There’s money inside the plan for school safety improvements and school construction and new forgivable loan programs to recruit and retain state troopers and criminal justice employees.
HOUSE FIRE DEATH
1 person dead in house fire in North Carolina
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – One person has died in a house fire in North Carolina.
News outlets reported the fire was reported around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Gaston County.
Gaston County Emergency Medical Services confirmed one person had died in the fire. That person’s name has not been released.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Gaston County police are investigating.
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.
BIRTHDAY PARTY SHOOTING
Suspect in shooting at party apprehended
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at a child’s birthday party in Massachusetts earlier this month has been apprehended in North Carolina.
Springfield police say 23-year-old Terrance Montgomery was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Marshals at a home in Laurinburg, North Carolina, on a fugitive from justice warrant.
The West Springfield man was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting May 5 of 23-year-old Paul Finegan.
Police previously said the shooting occurred in the yard of a home while a 3-year-old child’s birthday party was being held inside.
Montgomery faces murder and other charges when he’s returned to Massachusetts.
It could not be determined if the suspect has a lawyer.
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.