These are the top stories coming into the News 2 Alert Center throughout the morning of Tuesday, May 3.
Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that an American serviceman has been killed near Irbil in Iraq.
“It is a combat death,” Carter said at the outset of a news in Stuttgart, Germany where he has been consulting with European allies this week.
The defense secretary provided no other details, other than to tell reporters that the serviceman lost his life “in the neighborhood of Irbil.”
“A Coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire,” the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. “Further information will be released as appropriate.”
The CENTCOM statement noted it is the policy of the military “to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”
A U.S. military official said the American was killed while performing his duty as an adviser to Kurdish Peshmerga troops. He was killed by “direct fire” after Islamic State forces penetrated the Peshmerga’s forward line. The American was three to two to three miles behind that front line, the official said
Vice President Joe Biden visited Baghdad last week to exhort leaders of the government in Iraq to resolve internal political strife and concentrate on the effort to defeat the Islamic State group.
Carter, likewise, visited Baghdad recently. The Obama administration has been pressing the effort against IS, which has been slowed down in its quest to overrun Iraq.
Carter presided earlier at a ceremony installing a new commander of U.S. European Command, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.
Statewide order to prescribe anti-overdose injection weighed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An injection that can stop fatal overdoses of heroin or OxyContin could become more readily available in North Carolina.
State health officials want a statewide standing order for physicians to prescribe naloxone (na-LOCK-sewn) for an opioid overdose in an emergency. The Senate Health Care Committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday on legislation for the state health director to set the order.
A 2013 law allowed law officers and first responders to use naloxone. The law allows relatives of those at risk of overdosing to obtain prescriptions.
Unintentional overdose deaths increased by more than 300 percent in North Carolina from 1999 to 2014. The state Department of Health and Human Services says more than 1,000 overdoses were reversed last year, more that the number of overdose deaths.
No charges against police in Virginia stun gun case
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia prosecutor is expected to release a report today explaining her decision not to bring charges against officers who used stun guns repeatedly on a handcuffed black man before his 2013 death.
Police in South Boston, Virginia, used the stun guns on Linwood Lambert outside an emergency room door and then in a squad car.
His death was blamed on cocaine intoxication.
Deadline arrives for Georgia governor on campus guns bill
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s governor must make a decision about legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in the state.
Tuesday marks the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign or veto the measure. He told reporters Monday that he won’t simply allow it to become effective without his signature, which is permitted under Georgia law.
Deal, a Republican in his final term, wanted lawmakers to pass follow-up legislation limiting access to on-campus day care centers and other spaces. But the GOP-controlled legislature didn’t respond, saying the original bill was carefully considered.
Both supporters and opponents of the so-called “campus carry” bill have aggressively lobbied Deal.
He also is expected to act on other closely watched bills Tuesday, including a state Supreme Court expansion and standardized testing limits.