Morning Rush: Dec. 24, 2015

Good morning!

Today is Thursday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2015. There are 7 days left in the year.

Here’s today’s Highlight in History:

Dec. 24, 1814: The Treaty of Peace and Amity between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America is signed by British and American representatives at Ghent, Belgium, ending the War of 1812. By terms of the treaty, all conquered territory was to be returned, and commissions were planned to settle the boundary of the United States and Canada.

Here are your Morning Rush Headlines from News 3:

Storms more like those that strike in the spring have caused deaths, damage and power outages in parts of the Midwest and South.

At least three people have been killed in Mississippi, including a boy who was in a car that was picked up and tossed.

Two deaths are reported in Tennessee. In Arkansas, a woman was killed by a tree blown over onto a house. A toddler was also trapped but survived.

A New Jersey grand jury has indicted the truck driver who crashed into a limo van carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian.

The grand jury on Wednesday charged Kevin Roper with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated assault charges.

The truck driver’s attorney tried unsuccessfully to have previous charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto thrown out. Roper’s lawyer argued Wal-Mart’s settlement of Morgan’s lawsuit generated publicity that harmed the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident’s chance for a fair trial.

Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when the crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Federal investigators said Roper hadn’t slept for 28 hours before the crash. His lawyer disputes that.
The movie director sentenced to jail for the death of a camera assistant while shooting a film about singer Gregg Allman is asking a Georgia judge to set him free early.

Former “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller began serving a two-year sentence at the Wayne County jail in March after he pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing.

The charges stemmed from the February 2014 death of Sarah Jones, who was run over by a freight train that plowed into Miller’s crew in southeast Georgia.

A hearing scheduled before a judge Wednesday was cancelled. A legal motion by Miller’s attorneys says he should walk free because of his “model behavior” and “deteriorating health.”

Jeff Harris, an attorney for Jones’ parents, says they oppose early release for Miller.

Here’s Carmen’s News 3 First Alert Forecast:

Scattered activity will return for Thursday, but should leave the area late Christmas Eve, allowing for a good chance at dry weather for Christmas Day.
Record-breaking warmth is still expected for at least several days after the rain ends, and the next system on the horizon could bring more rain next week.

CHRISTMAS EVE: A few showers, unseasonably mild.  Low: 67

CHRISTMAS DAY: Becoming partly sunny with record high temperatures.  High: 78

SATURDAY: Partly sunny and warm with near record temperatures.  Low: 62  High:

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