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WEATHER

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LOCAL

*It's primary election day in Illinois. The polls are open! Voters in Madison County are deciding on a ballot measure today that could provide millions of dollars for local school districts through a sales tax increase.

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*Mark your calendars for April 2nd, Little Caesars is going to stick by its promise. They’re going to be providing a free, $5-dollar lunch box 11:30am and 1pm local time on April 2nd because for the first time ever, a 16th seed has defeated a number one seed in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.  The University of Maryland-Baltimore County defeated the University of Virginia 74-to-54.

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NATIONAL

*A shooting has been reported at Great Mills High School in Maryland, the St. Mary’s County Public Schools said on its website. “The school is on lock down,” the school district said, and the incident has been contained. “The Sheriff’s office is on the scene; additional information to follow,” the statement said.

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*Spring is not coming in quietly to many parts of the country.

Parts of the Southeast woke up this morning to a trail of destruction caused by a dangerous storm system which brought tornadoes and large hail to parts of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Buildings and homes were damaged. Trees were toppled and power was knocked out to thousands. One death has been reported in Georgia. Forecasts are calling for more hazardous weather today. (Fox News)

Further up the East Coast, a fourth nor'easter in just three weeks is expected to dump up to a foot of snow in areas from Ohio and West Virginia up to New England. (NBC News)

Out west, a strong Pacific storm is threatening flash floods and mudslides in Southern California. Parts of Santa Barbara County and Ventura County are under mandatory evacuation orders today. (KCAL-TV)


Fifth Explosion Rocks Austin - 

There's been yet another explosion in Texas. This time it was near San Antonio, about 65 miles southwest of Austin where four bombs in recent weeks have left that city on edge. Authorities say a box exploded at a FedEx distribution facility in Schertz overnight. One person suffered minor injuries.

They say it's too soon to tell if this latest incident is related to the blasts in Austin that have left two people dead and four injured.

The FBI and ATF are on scene to help determine if the latest detonation is related to the serial bomber. It’s now been revealed that the FedEx package was headed to an Austin address.

Source: NBC Dallas-Forth Worth


Supreme Court Stays Out Of PA Redistricting Battle - 

Voters are in the middle in a redistricting war in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Supreme Court will not get involved in the big fight over congressional districts in Pennsylvania. The high court rejected a Republican request to halt implementation of new district maps before November's midterm elections.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court shot down district maps that were drawn by Republican lawmakers and ordered them redrawn earlier this year. Republicans say the new districts favor Democrats. Democrats argued that the old maps favored Republicans.

The new map was drawn by an outside party and makes a large chunk of rural PA one Congressional district. 

Source: Philly.com


*One person was injured when a package exploded near a FedEx facility in San Antonio, Texas overnight.  The explosion occurred around 12:30 a.m. An employee suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the package was bound for an address in Austin and is believed to be linked to the string of mysterious explosions there which have killed two people and injured three. The FBI is analyzing the components of the package to see if there are similarities to the other explosives. 

CBS News 

*Police in Austin said Monday that Sunday's explosion in the southwest part of the city was apparently set off by a tripwire and has enough in common with the previous three bombs for them to believe there is a connection.

However, Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley said that does not necessarily mean that the bombs were made and left by the same suspect.

The earlier bombs, which were tucked inside packages, apparently went off due to motion devices. Officials now believe the person making the explosives has a higher level of bomb-making expertise than originally thought. 

Austin American-Statesman

*Zachary Cruz, the 18-year-old brother of Florida high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, was arrested on Monday for allegedly trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, scene of last month's deadly shooting spree for which his older brother has been charged.

The younger Cruz brother told authorities that he rode this skateboard around the campus because he wanted to "reflect on the school shooting and soak it in." Officials said he got past the school's locked gates and doors and ignored warnings to stay off the campus.

Broward County officials said that Zachary Cruz was questioned by detectives after the February 14th massacre and said he felt "somewhat responsible and guilty" about the shooting spree because when he was younger he and his pals bullied Nikolas, now 19. A detective wrote in the report, "Zachary wishes that he had been 'nicer' to his brother." 

The Washington Post


SPORTS

*St Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo was named the NHL's First Star of the Week. The Blues captain led all NHL players with nine points last week


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