Pacific chorus to take on Barbershop competition in USA

Tagata Pasifika reports the Pacific Connection chorus will represent New Zealand at the International Barbershop Harmony Society competition in Louisville, Kentucky after winning the national barbershop title in 2022.

“People from our local community just love to sing,” says Chad Va, co-director of the group.

“What better opportunity than to bring them together in this awesome little ensemble we have going and looking forward to taking them overseas.”

Kentucky floods: Death toll rises to 37, hundreds still missing

At least six children - including four siblings, aged one to eight, who were reportedly swept from their parents' grip - are among the dead.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said the death toll would continue to rise as "hundreds" remained unaccounted for.

More than 12,000 households remain without power, and hundreds of homes and businesses have been flooded.

The damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure will cost millions to repair, the governor said on Monday.

Breonna Taylor: Police officer charged but not over death

Taylor, 26, a hospital worker, was shot multiple times as officers stormed her home on 13 March.

Earlier today it was announced that a grand jury has charged one police officer over the fatal shooting of Taylor at her home in the US state of Kentucky.

Brett Hankison has been charged, not with Taylor's death, but with "wanton endangerment" for firing into a neighbour's apartment in Louisville.

Two other officers face no charges.

Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the condition of the officers who have been shot are not life-threatening.