6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For May 1

What to Know

  • It’s Wednesday, May 1st – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

It’s Wednesday, May 1st – and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day.

Weather wise, keep that umbrella handy for the day as shower and storm chances stick around for the start of the new month before drier conditions arrive in time for the weekend.

No. 1 – Opposition leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for an uprising that drew quick support from the Trump administration and fierce resistance from forces loyal to socialist Nicolas Maduro.

In an appearance on national television, Maduro declared that the opposition had attempted to impose an “illegitimate government.” Guaidó also sought to keep the momentum going at the end of the day by releasing his own video message in which he pressed Venezuelans to take to the streets again on Wednesday.

No. 2 – Police are investigating if an early morning fire that broke out inside of a Lauderhill apartment complex was intentionally set.

Crews responded to the complex located off Northwest 46th Avenue shortly after the fire was reported from a second floor unit around 2 a.m.

No. 3 – An insurance fraud scheme in Miami-Dade – the type of scam that leads to increased insurance premiums for all consumers – has been dismantled, according to officials.

Nine people have been arrested over the $600,000 Miami-Dade homeowners insurance fraud scheme. The arrests were the result of a year-long fraud investigation named “Operation Rubicon.”

No. 4 – A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at a North Carolina university during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department later identified the suspect as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell. Terrell was interviewed by detectives and charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and other charges.

No. 5 – Attorney General William Barr will face lawmakers’ questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, in what promises to be a dramatic showdown as he defends his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the investigation’s findings in President Trump’s favor.

Barr’s appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to highlight the partisan schism around Mueller’s report and the Justice Department’s handling of it.

No. 6 – The son of a South Florida businessman who was shot and killed in the Bahamas believes his father could have been saved if authorities had allowed him to be flown off the island for medical care.

Alain Perez was shot at his Bimini Bay home early Sunday and died before his family could get him to doctors in South Florida. In an exclusive interview with NBC 6 on Tuesday, son Jose Perez said the family tried.