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NBA’s Montrezl Harrell facing felony marijuana charge
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) – Charlotte Hornets forward Montrezl Harrell is facing a felony drug charge after authorities said they found vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop. According to court records, the 28-year-old Harrell was pulled over in Richmond, Kentucky, by a state trooper May 12 for driving behind a vehicle too closely. The trooper said he smelled marijuana and, after a search, discovered 3 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags inside a backpack in the backseat. The former University of Louisville star has been charged with trafficking less than 5 pounds of marijuana. It was not immediately clear whether Harrell had an attorney who could comment.

North Carolina man dies after shootout with officers
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – Investigators say a suspect has been fatally wounded in a shootout with a trooper and a deputy along a highway in western North Carolina. The Highway Patrol said authorities were called to a report of a crash involving an overturned vehicle and an armed man on a highway in Caldwell County on Sunday afternoon. Officials say the suspect fired at the deputy and trooper who arrived on the scene, and both officers returned fire. The suspect fled on foot and was later found in a wooded area suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital and died. The trooper and deputy were not injured.

NC prosecutor won’t charge officers in 3 fatal shootings
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina prosecutor says she won’t charge law enforcement officers who fatally shot three people in three separate incidents in January. Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry’s office announced Monday that Deberry has concluded her review of investigations into the shootings by law enforcement officers and evidence doesn’t support criminal charges. She released letters to the three departments involved. The cases are the fatal shootings of Stephanie Monique Wilson in Bahama on Jan. 4 by a Durham County sheriff’s deputy, Charles Piquet at a Circle K station on Jan. 12 by Durham police officers and Raishawn Jones by a Duke University officer at Duke University Hospital on Jan. 14.

Excessive heat rolls east, bakes much of central, eastern US
More than 100 million Americans are being warned to stay indoors if possible as a heat wave settles over states stretching through parts of the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and east to the Carolinas. The National Weather Service Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said Monday that a combination of heat advisories, excessive heat warnings and excessive heat watches will impact 107.5 million people, and record-setting temperatures are expected to last through midweek. St. Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis and Tulsa are among several cities under excessive heat warnings, with temperatures expected to reach above 100 in some areas. High humidity is forecast to accompany the heat, adding to the dangerous conditions.

School district to auction off unused clear backpacks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school district plans to auction off 46,000 unused clear backpacks as it tries to recover money it spent under a plan for increased security in schools. The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district spent almost $500,000 on the backpacks for high school students. Critics, however, said little to no research has proven that the backpacks can help stop weapons at the door. The backpacks ultimately were not used after school officials were surprised to find many of them had a warning label about cancer-causing chemicals while unpacking them. At least 30 guns were found on district campuses during the 2021-22 academic year.

Sheriff: women arrested after kids hit with metal knuckles
CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say two women have been arrested on felony child abuse charges after the children of one of the women were hit with a pair of metal knuckles in their home. Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant said in a Facebook post that the children were hospitalized with serious injuries Friday after an anonymous complaint led to the arrests of the children’s mother, 26-year-old Jessica Renee Sanders and 25-year-old Natalie “Shane” Childress. Whisenant didn’t say how many children were hurt and did not release their ages. The children were taken to UNC Health Valdese and then to a child trauma center.

Teen charged in shooting that injured 3 people at NC mall
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – A 17-year-old boy has been charged in a shooting that wounded three people at a North Carolina mall. Gastonia Police Chief Travis Brittain says two men and a woman were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after they were shot in the parking lot of the Eastridge Mall on Friday. Two of them fled into the mall’s food court area after being shot. The Charlotte Observer reports that investigators are trying to determine if the teenage suspect and any of the victims knew each other. The teen was arrested on felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, after police found him in a wooded area near the mall Friday.

Judge: NC health plan must cover transgender treatments
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the North Carolina state employee health plan provide “medically necessary services” for transgender people linked to gender confirmation. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled Friday it was unlawfully biased for the State Health Plan to exclude coverage for such treatments. The plan had offered such coverage in á2017 but stopped doing so afterward. Monetary damages could be decided after a trial next month. The office of State Treasurer Dale Folwell oversees the plan. Folwell said he believe the case warranted a jury trial on whether taxpayers should pay for such surgeries.

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