5 things to know this morning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News Anchor Casey Wheeless to get you out the door this morning. Stay connected to Local 8 News online.

1. As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill's fate bleak

Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead. Even party leaders concede that their prospects are dismal.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 GOP Senate leader, says reviving the push would be a heavy lift.

Thune made the comment after Collins joined a small but pivotal cluster of Republicans saying they're against the measure.

GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas are also against the legislation, though Cruz aides say he might back it if changes are made. Alaska's Lisa Murkowski is a Republican who's undecided.

With their narrow Senate majority, defections by three GOP senators would doom the bill.

2. Suspect in Antioch church shooting had suicidal past, domestic disturbance record

Federal authorities are opening a civil rights investigation into a church shooting that claimed at least one life and injured six others near Nashville Sunday.

Metro Nashville Police have identified the alleged shooter as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson of Rutherford County. Police said Samson will be charged with murder and attempted murder, and more charges could follow. Samson's court date was set for Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports Samson had previously expressed suicidal thoughts in June and had a volatile relationship with a woman that twice involved law enforcement intervention this year.

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3. AAA: Tennessee gas prices on a steady decline

AAA reports gas prices are on a steady decline after reaching three-year highs following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Hurricane Harvey struck refineries on the Gulf Coast, causing gas prices to surge. Then, demand spiked after Hurricane Irma struck Florida and the eastern coast.

Prices are finally returning to normal after supply and demand have begun to balance out.

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4. North Korea says Pres. Trump has 'declared war' on country

North Korea’s top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters that what he called Trump’s “declaration of war” gives North Korea “every right” under the U.N. Charter to take countermeasures, “including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”

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5. Record heat is within reach

Chief Meteorologist David Aldrich said we could be seeing new record high Tuesday in East Tennessee.

The current record is set at 89 degrees from 1986.

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