Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lunch Break (3/22/16): More than 30 dead after terror attacks in Brussels

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More than 30 people are dead and at least 81 injured after two blasts ripped through transit centers in Brussels today. Islamic State is believed to have carried out the attacks. According to BBC reports, a first explosion struck at Zaventem airport at 7 a.m. GMT, followed by another blast at a metro station in the same airport an hour later. The attack came four days after police in Brussels arrests alleged masterminds of the Paris terror attacks Salah Abdeslam. (BBC News) 

Officials at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport have said on Twitter that the airport is running normally following news of terror attacks in Brussels. American Airlines, which offers flights to Brussels, has said it will work with those schedules to fly there today or tomorrow to refund or reschedule their flights. (Katherine Peralta, Charlotte Observer) 

A 45-year-old man was killed after rear-ending a dump truck on Brookshire Boulevard early this morning, shutting the road down for hours while police investigated. CMPD said that Sebastian Jackson was the driver of the Nissan, and that neither the driver or passenger in the dump truck was injured. Investigators said that speed and alcohol use are believed to have been contributing factors for Jackson in the crash, and that he was not wearing a seat belt. (Ryan Pitkin) 

The North Carolina General Assembly has announced it will reconvene for a special session tomorrow to discuss options for negating an amendment to Charlotte's nondiscrimination ordinance approved by Charlotte City Council in February that would protect LGBT people from being discriminated against in restaurants, taxis and public restrooms. It is believed that lawmakers will discuss legislation that would aim to suppress the power of municipal governments to pass laws regarding other things as well, such as a raise in the minimum wage. The special session is estimated to cost taxpayers around $42,000 for every day it continues. (Nick Oschner & Alex Giles, WBTV) 

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