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Experts: Everything points to another busy hurricane season
Hurricane season starts Wednesday and it’s looking busy: Every factor out there is pointing to another nasty year in the Atlantic. And the Atlantic, especially the U.S., has had a lot of big dangerous and deadly storms in the last five years. There have been more Category 4 and 5 massive hurricanes hitting the US since 2017 than the previous 50 years. Experts say the natural climate event La Nina, climate change, warm ocean waters, the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current, increased storminess in Africa, cleaner skies, a long-term storm cycle and massive development along coastal areas are all conditions that point to trouble this season.



Authorities: Trooper fatally shoots man during traffic stop
SILER CITY, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s State Highway Patrol says a trooper fatally shot a driver who “presented a pistol” during a traffic stop. Officials say the trooper stopped a Ford pickup truck in Siler City late Monday afternoon for a seat belt violation. During the stop, officials say 21-year-old Mark Anthony Diaz of Staley presented a pistol and Trooper Rodney N. Cook fired his service weapon, striking Diaz. Diaz was taken from the scene and later pronounced dead. Authorities say Cook was not injured and has been placed on routine administrative duty during an internal investigation. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.



NC parents’ bill with LGBTQ limits going to Senate floor
RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) – A “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill that also would address how some LGBT issues are handled in North Carolina public schools is heading to the Senate floor. A Senate committee voted Tuesday on a measure that would broaden the rights parents already have in laws for their schoolchildren and lay out how they can complain and appeal when schools don’t comply. Critics say the measure would intimidate and harm LGBTQ youth by forcing schools to reveal to parents more about changes to their child’s health services. It also would prevent instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in K-3 curriculum. Senate floor debate is expected Wednesday.



Language to keep NC hemp industry going approved by Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s hemp industry would become permanently exempt from the state’s controlled substances law in omnibus agricultural legislation approved unanimously by the Senate. The legislation voted on Tuesday differentiates marijuana from hemp and hemp products, which contain a very low amount of the chemical that gives the high to marijuana users. North Carolina’s nascent industrial hemp program would have to shut down at the end of June without the language. The broader farm legislation now goes to the House. A separate Senate bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use is scheduled to be heard in a chamber committee on Wednesday.



3 women killed in separate crashes in North Carolina city
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city say three women died in two separate highway accidents. Greensboro police said officers responded to a scene on U.S. Highway 29 early Monday in which a Kia SUV was disabled in the left lane. According to the news release, Ciealita Thornton and Lakeisha Woody, both of Danville, Virginia, were outside of the SUV when a man driving a GMC Sierra 2500 hit the SUV and the woman, both of whom died of their injuries. Five hours later, police say Fantasia Nicole Golden of Greensboro was killed when her Mazda failed to negotiate a turn to access northbound U.S. 29 and hit a Ford Escape.



Police: 1 killed in explosion, fire at North Carolina motel
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) – Police said one person was killed in an explosion and fire at motel in western North Carolina. News outlets report Black Mountain Police Chief Steve Parker says officers and local fire departments responded to a call regarding an explosion and fire at 10:30 p.m. on Monday at the motel. Firefighters extinguished the flames and then found the body. Police have not yet identified the man, and Parker said the cause of the explosion and fire has not yet been determined. Parker said an autopsy will determine how the person died. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the investigation.



FBI issues warning about sextortion targeting teenage boys
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Parents, caregivers, and teenagers are being warned by the FBI about an increase in sextortion crimes across North Carolina and the country. According to the FBI Charlotte field office, there have been 29 reports of sextortion in North Carolina in 2022, and in 23 of the reports, criminals demanded money from the mostly male victims. The FBI says sextortion begins when an adult contacts a minor on an online platform used to meet and communicate. The predator, posing as a young girl, convinces a young male to engage in explicit activity over video, which is then secretly recorded by the scammer.



Man arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails at churches
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police have arrested a man who was captured on video tape throwing a Molotov cocktail at a North Carolina church, and investigators say he threw another device at a different church. News outlets report deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded Just after 10:30 a.m., on Sunday to a church in Hope Mills, where the Molotov cocktail was thrown. áAbout a half-hour later, a similar report was made at a church in Fayetteville. Authorities arrested Terry Wayne Raeford of Fayetteville on Monday and filed multiple charges against him. He is jailed on a $200,000 bond.