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Florida watches storm...Governor visits TV station...Officer won't be re-tried

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 28, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.



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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All of Florida is watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the forecast shows the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path has Erika skirting the Gulf Coast and then moving up Florida's spine north of Tampa. The entire state of Florida, along with parts of Georgia and South Carolina, could see heavy rain in the coming days.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has arrived at a TV station in Roanoke to talk to the staff in private. The visit comes two days after a shooting attack during a live broadcast. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed. The station's general manager said ahead of the meeting that he planned to ask the governor about mental health issues. The station has been airing news and reaction about the attack since it occurred two days ago.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prosecutors have decided against retrying a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man, after his trial ended last week in a deadlock. Randall Kerrick had been accused of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former college football player. The jury in the case deadlocked with an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. Prosecutors say they don't think a retrial would bring a different result.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal are another step closer to the numbers they'll need to uphold a White House veto of a resolution of disapproval in the Senate. Democrat Tom Carper of Delaware is the 30th senator to say he'll back the deal. With 34 votes, backers could uphold a veto. With 41, the resolution of disapproval could be blocked altogether.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Supreme Court can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional right to free speech. The appeals court ruled today that First Amendment rights stop at the sidewalk in front of the majestic courthouse and do not extend to the plaza. The decision reversed a lower court ruling that declared unconstitutional a law prohibiting protests on the plaza.

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