Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency following a second night of protests that turned violent. The chaotic scene came in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man. Police say the man was armed and ignored commands to drop his weapon. Demonstrators who threw bottles at police, blocked an interstate, threw objects at passing cars, jumped on vehicles, looted businesses, vandalized a Hyatt hotel and attacked its employees. One of the protesters was in critical condition and on life support after being shot by another civilian. North Carolina’s attorney general said in statement, ‘Violence will not bring justice … We must come together as a community to get answers and find a better path forward.’
Kmart, the struggling big-box retailer, will start its liquidation sale today following an announcement earlier this week that it will close 64 stores across the country. If you can’t make it to one of the closing Kmart locations this weekend, there’s still time: those stores won’t officially close their doors until mid-December.
Austin Police are cracking down on distracted drivers. Officers are riding a city bus, looking for people distracted by cell phones and then calling officers on motorcycles to deliver the ticket. They say last year over 400 people lost their lives because of distracted driving.
Eanes ISD says that Westlake High School will be open today, after a possible threat was made. They have identified the student who made the threat and don’t believe there is any danger. But they also said they will not penalize any student whose parents decide to keep home today.
Like something out of a TV show, a woman gave birth to a baby on the side of the road at I-35 and Airport Boulevard early this morning. She called 911 but the baby was already born by the time someone got there.