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Virginia Beach shooting, Dems in California, hurricane season begins: 5 things you need to know this weekend

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Virginia Beach shooting, Dems in California, hurricane season begins: 5 things you need to know this weekend

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Published 5:10 a.m. ET June 1, 2019 | Updated 5:14 a.m. ET June 1, 2019

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Vigils, events planned in Virginia Beach after mass shooting leaves 12 dead

In the wake of Friday’s deadly mass shooting at a municipal center in Virginia Beach, Va., several vigils and events are being organized for Saturday, according to local reports. A longtime public utilities employee opened fire on co-workers Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and wounding at least four others. Virginia Beach police Chief Jim Cervera said Friday night the heavily armed shooter died in an exchange of gunfire with four officers who rushed into the building. The suspect’s name has not yet been released and Cervera said once officials are ready to publicly identify the suspected shooter, that person’s name will be mentioned once and then, “he will be forever referred to as ‘the suspect’ because our focus now is the dignity and respect to the victims in this case and to their families.”   

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2020 Democratic candidates make their way to the Golden State

Fourteen presidential contenders will attend this weekend’s 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention — including Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Who won’t be there? Former Vice President Joe Biden — who has a double-digit lead in early polls of 2020 Democratic nominees. (That might not be a good thing.) He’ll be in Ohio, speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s fundraising dinner on Saturday. 

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California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Monday in a prime-time town hall meeting.
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Hurricane season begins. There’s good news and bad news.

The 2019 U.S. hurricane season officially begins on Saturday. The good news: It’s predicted to be a near-normal Atlantic season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which means only two to four major hurricanes will be on the way. The bad news: Despite the small number, any hurricane threatens to be among the most powerful storms in U.S. history. More than 7.3 million homes along the coast are at risk for damage. Also, as the season begins, climate scientists fear man-made global warming will spawn stronger hurricanes, packing heavier rainfall, higher storm surge and greater winds. 

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The annual start of hurricane season casts a shadow of dread over coastal sections of the United States. People fret over the next big one, even as communities struggle to recover from the last one. (May 31)
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Pride month kicks off to honor LGBT community

During the month of June, celebrations will take place all over the world to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, where protests broke out after New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village enforcing a law against selling alcohol to homosexual patrons. The anniversary brings the WorldPride celebration to New York City for the month of June and the Stonewall — designated by President Barack Obama as the first national monument honoring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in 2016 — remains on the front lines.

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Illinois lawmakers take on hot button issues ahead of session’s end

Illinois lawmakers are rushing to complete their spring session chocked full of hot button issues. The session was supposed to end Friday but was extended into the weekend, at least for the House. Most notably, state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that will legalize marijuana sales and also automatically expunge the criminal records of people convicted of minor pot possession. Gov. JB Pritzker said he will sign the measure, which make Illinois the first state to legalize marijuana sales via its legislature. Also, after at least a half-dozen Republican-controlled states adopted steep restrictions on abortion, Illinois Democrats answered with legislation to provide statutory protections for the procedure.  

Contributing: Associated Press

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