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Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Wednesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 

The good news? You've made it to Wednesday. The bad news? You still have to get over that mid-week hump. We're looking at a high of 66 degrees in the city, but keep that umbrella handy again because there's more rain in the forecast. As always, get the latest forecast at

1. Powerful Storms Pound Tri-State, Leave at Least 3 Dead

Powerful storms hammered the tri-state area on Tuesday, killing at least three people and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. 

Police say an 11-year-old girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the car she was in. Cops in Newburg said the girl and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the car when strong winds knocked the tree onto the vehicle. The mother suffered minor injuries.

A man in Connecticut was also killed after a tree fell on his truck, while a third person in the Constitution State was also killed by a falling tree. 

The conditions got so bad at one point, Metro-North was forced to suspend out of Grand Central at the height of the evening rush. 

Read more here.

2. Manhattan District Attorney Will No Longer Prosecute Low Level Marijuana Cases

Big changes are coming to the way NYC handles marijuana cases. 

Manhattan DA Cy Vance says he will no longer be prosecuting pot possession and smoking cases beginning in August.

It comes after the New York Times found that black New Yorkers were eight times more likely to be arrested on marijuana charges than white ones.

Mayor de Blasio also said the NYPD will overhaul its marijuana arrests policies in the 30 days.

Read more here.

3. Nesting Turkey Has NYC Man Scared to Go in His Yard

It's man versus turkey on Staten Island.

A homeowner in the Dongan Hills neighborhood says he can't go into his own yard since a wild turkey has moved in and taken over his shrubs.

The mama bird is guarding her eggs and the DEC is now working with the man to have the bird and her eggs moved to an upstate sanctuary.  

Get more here.

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