5 Things to Know This Morning

5 Things to Know This Morning

— -- Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Suspect in Delta State Professor Shooting Is Dead, Police Say

A Delta State University employee suspected in the fatal shooting of a professor at the Cleveland, Mississippi, campus is dead, police said, bringing a close to a day-long manhunt.

Shannon Lamb, 45, was also identified by police as a suspect in the deadly shooting of a woman in a town some 300 miles away.

A manhunt continued throughout the day, and ended late Monday. Cleveland Police Chief Charles Bingham, speaking at an overnight news conference, said officers followed the suspect's car -- and that Lamb pulled over on his own, exited his vehicle and ran into the woods.

2. 8 Dead, 5 Missing Due to Flash Flooding in Utah

Eight people are dead and five others are missing after flash floods tore through a Utah town, authorities said.

The victims were in their vehicles when they were struck by a “big wall of water,” washing the vehicles downstream, according to Hildale Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Kevin Barlow.

Search crews are continuing to look for anyone missing in the flood waters, but they scaled back the search due to the hazardous conditions and darkness, authorities said. A full-scale search will resume today.

3. Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Says Marriage Licenses Being Issued Without Her Authority

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis returned to work for the first time since being jailed for disobeying a judge’s order for denying marriage licenses to gay couples, saying she wants her name and title removed from the licenses currently being issued by her office.

Choking back tears at a news conference before her return to work, a defiant Davis said she is faced with a "seemingly impossible choice ... my conscience or my freedom," referring to her opposition to same-sex marriages.

"I'm no hero," she added.

4. North Korea Says It Has Restarted Nuclear Bomb Fuel Plants

A day after threatening long-range rocket launches, North Korea declared Tuesday that it has upgraded and restarted all of its atomic fuel plants so it can produce more — and more sophisticated — nuclear weapons.

Neither announcement was entirely unexpected, and outside analysts see the back-to-back warnings as part of a general North Korean playbook of using claimed improvements in its nuclear and missile programs to push for talks with the United States that could eventually provide the impoverished country with concessions and eased sanctions.

But the threats could deepen a standoff between North Korea and the U.S. and its allies because they strike at Washington's fear that each North Korean rocket and nuclear test puts it another big step closer to its stated goal of an arsenal of nuclear-tipped long-range missiles that can hit the U.S. mainland.

5. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2015: Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter Rise to the Top on Season 21 Premiere

Thirteen celebrities and their pro partners hit the dance floor on the season 21 premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, some turning in crowd-pleasing surprise performances and others delivering disappointing routines.

At the end of the two-hour premiere, conservationist Bindi Irwin and singer Nick Carter were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 24 out of a possible 30 points each – Irwin for her jive and Carter for his cha cha, while reality TV star Kim Zolciak-Biermann brought up with rear with just 12 points for her lackluster salsa.