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02/23/2023 PM News Break

By Andrew Rice & Riley Carlson

In local news, a local clogging group is set to participate in D-Day celebrations in Normandy, France next year. According to the Watauga Democrat, the High Country Dance Studio is set to perform on Omaha Beach in Normandy France in 2024, marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As well as performing in the national D-Day Memorial Parade, the dancers will participate in a special wreath laying ceremony. HCDS will travel to Normandy in June 2024 for the celebration.

In state news, Wake Med has gotten approval from the state to move forward with building two new hospitals. According to WRAL, one hospital will cater to behavioral and mental health services, which officials say is a large need for Wake County. Garner is the proposed site for a new treatment center which will offer 45 beds for people with long-term illnesses. The health care system also plans to build a state-of-the-art behavioral center in Knightdale. The Knightdale facility will house 150 mental health beds. Organizations have 30 days to appeal the state’s decision. However, WakeMed’s spokesperson says that 30 days will be up by this weekend for the Garner property. If there is no opposition, WakeMed will be able to move forward with planning and development.

In national news, a man in Florida shot and killed 3 people including a child and a reporter covering the shooting. According to the Associated Press, the man was riding in a car with his cousin when he shot and killed another passenger before returning to the same neighborhood near Orlando hours later where he shot four more people. Of those four, the man killed a journalist covering the initial shooting and a 9-year-old girl. Spectrum News 13 identified the reporter as Daniel Lyons and said he was in an unmarked news vehicle covering the original homicide when a man approached and shot him and his cameraman. The shooter went on to a nearby home where he fatally shot T’yonna Major and critically wounded the girls mother. Investigators do not know the motivation of any of the shootings but believe them to be random acts of violence.

Now to sports.

Your mountaineer men’s basketball team is taking on GA southern tmr at 7 pm for the last regular season game of the year! They’re looking to finish strong after coming off a dominating 78-52 win vs Georgia state yesterday. Meanwhile, the women’s team is playing at Louisiana Monroe tomorrow in what will also be their final regular season game of the year as well. That game is set to start at 6:30.

In other exciting college basketball news, Boston College stormed the court after drumming the number six team in the country, Virginia, 63-48. While this upset shocked the nation another almost upset happened as well. As the South Carolina Gamecocks lost by 2 in overtime 78-76 to the number 2 team in the country Alabama.

And now for a special weather report powered by!

Today is a warm day with a high of 69 and a low of 46 with mostly cloudy conditions and light rain scattered throughout the day so stay dry!

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