5 things to know Tuesday, March 8: Michigan serves as Midwest test

CONCORD, NC - MARCH 7: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a campaign rally March 7, 2016 in Concord, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican presidential primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a campaign rally March 7, 2016 in Concord, North Carolina. The North Carolina Republican presidential primary will be held March 15. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Here’s what you need to know to help you stay informed this Tuesday:

1. Michigan serves as Midwest test in Tuesday’s vote.

Donald Trump will face a test of his likability with white, working-class individuals during Tuesday’s vote when Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii hit the polls, the Associated Press reports. How candidates do in Michigan is expected to predict how well they’ll perform in other Midwest states. Trump will face competition from Ohio Gov. John Kasich who has yet to win a primary but is hoping Michigan will give him a boost ahead of his home state. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, continues to show increased strength over rival Bernie Sanders as her numbers continue to grow. You can follow the latest from the campaign trail here, including Trump’s recent defense of a right-handed salute he and supporters do “for fun.”

2. Police chief confirms investigation into fatal shooting of 17-year-old completed.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed Monday the completion of the police investigation into the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old David Joseph by officer Geoffrey Freeman, the American-Statesman reports. Acevedo said he would not wait for a criminal investigation to decide whether and how to punish Freeman. “Sometimes these shootings have taken a year, a year and a half to go through the grand jury process,” Acevedo said. The findings in the investigation will not be released to the public until officials determine how to move forward in the case. They could either choose to schedule a disciplinary hearing for Freeman, ask for another investigation or exonerate him of any violations.

3. 130 roosters seized by Bastrop deputies in cockfighting ring.

Bastrop County deputies seized 130 roosters from a cockfighting ring in Paige Sunday, the American-Statesman’s Andy Sevilla reports. They also impounded 32 cars and issued 40 citations when they responded to the noise complaint that lead them to the home where the ring was based. Four of the roosters died because of their injuries, and a judge issued an order to kill the remaining roosters based on a recommendation by a sheriff who specializes in livestock investigations.

4. Tornado watch in effect for Travis County.

Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop counties will all remain under tornado watch until 1 p.m., the American-Statesman’s Katie Urbaszewski reports. Currently a band of storms is headed to the Austin area where it is expected to hit near rush hour. Later tonight severe thunderstorms are expected for the area after 7 p.m. Read a little more about this week’s stormy forecast here, and get weather updates here.

5. Sponsors cut ties with Maria Sharapova following failed drug test.

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova announced during a press conference Monday that she had failed a drug test, the Associated Press reports. Tuesday three of the tennis star’s major sponsors — Nike, Tag Heuer and Porsche — have announced that they will cut ties with Sharapova because of the positive test. Sharapova failed the test at the Australian Open for the drug meldonium, which was just added to the list of banned substances this year. She admitted to having taken the drug for 10 years for various health reasons.

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