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Governor makes hard drugs illegal again in complete U-turn of liberal policy

Oregon has legislatively completed its U-turn on a short-lived liberal policy that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of certain drugs.

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek, a Democrat, on Monday signed into law a bill that reverses Measure 110, a 2020 law that voters approved to decriminalize most illegal possession of controlled substance offenses and redirect much of the state’s marijuana tax revenue to fund grants for addiction services.

Around 58% of Oregon residents approved the initial measure but since then, addiction and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in Oregon and nationwide as fentanyl swept across the country. In August, 56% of Oregonians said they disapproved of the pioneering drug law and both Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation to roll back the controversial measure.

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The new law, HB 4002, makes so-called personal use possession a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. It enables police to confiscate the drugs and crack down on their use on sidewalks and in parks. It also establishes ways for treatment to be offered as an alternative to criminal penalties by encouraging law enforcement agencies to create deflection programs that would divert people to addiction and mental health services instead of the criminal justice system.

The changes take effect Sept. 1.

In a signing letter, Kotek said the law’s success will depend on “deep coordination” between courts, police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and local mental health providers, describing them as “necessary partners to achieve the vision for this legislation.

Oregon House Republican Leader Jeff Helfrich said he supported the governor’s decision and said it was a crucial first step toward addressing the ongoing drug crisis in the state. 

“Republicans stood united and forced Democrats to do what Oregonians demanded: recriminalize drugs,” Helfrich said, according to KEZI.

Rep. Tim Knopp, R-Ore., echoed Helfrich’s sentiments and said it brings an end to the liberal experiment although more needs to be done to address the state’s drug crisis. 

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“Make no mistake, this bill is not enough to undo the disaster of Measure 110,” Knopp said in a statement. “House Republicans are ready to continue the work we started and bring real change to Salem in the next session.”

“Now that the Governor has given the recriminalization bill her stamp of approval, we can finally end the chapter on Oregon’s experiment with decriminalizing hard drugs.”

“HB 4002 is not a perfect solution; legislators will have much more work to do in upcoming sessions. But it sets a standard for how the state should approach the drug addiction crisis: by empowering law enforcement and our behavioral health systems to work together to help Oregonians struggling with chronic addiction seek life-saving treatment.” 

Measure 110 directed hundreds of millions of dollars of the state’s cannabis tax revenue toward addiction services. But the money was slow to get out the door and health authorities, already grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, struggled to stand up the new treatment system, state auditors found. At the same time, the fentanyl crisis began to spark an increase in deadly overdoses.

Those pressures prompted Oregon Democrats to shift their stance on decriminalization policy in recent months.

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Kotek, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson in February declared a 90-day state of emergency for downtown Portland over the public health and public safety crisis fueled by fentanyl.

The reversal bill was passed by the state Senate 21-8 after the House passed it 51-7, Democrats have majorities in both chambers. 

Portland private security guard Michael Bock told Fox News in February that fentanyl overdoses rose by 533% in Multnomah County, the state’s most populous county, between 2018 and 2022. Dealers act with “absolute impunity,” he said, and hand out drugs like they are a “7-Eleven.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Judge says FDNY booing of NY AG, pro-Trump chants reveals systemic problem

Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis reportedly cited the incident involving members of the New York City Fire Department booing state Attorney General Letitia James and chanting in favor of former President Trump last month in suggesting that a racist culture persists at the FDNY. 

Garaufis recently ordered FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and the city’s Corporation Counsel, Sylvia Hinds-Radix, to appear before him at a status conference scheduled to discuss the settlement in the Vulcan Society of Black firefighters’ case against the FDNY in May, the New York Daily News reported. 

At the last status conference on March 14, Vulcan Society President Regina Wilson complained to Garaufis about a March 8 incident where some members of the FDNY booed James and chanted “Trump! Trump! Trump!” as the attorney general took the stage during a promotion ceremony at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. 

It happened weeks after Trump was also found liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in the civil fraud case brought against him, his family and the Trump Organization by James. 

“I don’t know if you had an opportunity to just see the vile nature of these members even when we were at Christian Cultural Center where they started booing and saying ‘Trump, Trump Trump,’ while Letitia James was at the podium,” Wilson said, referencing the incident that sparked an internal probe and prompted Kavanaugh to apologize. “This behavior is who this department is. Not all of them, but a large portion of them. So when Black people go to work and have to deal with this and you don’t get any help or support really from the department, it’s horrific.” 

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“Get the EEO [Equal Employment Opportunity] office straightened out. Take some of your brilliant lawyers from the Corporation Counsel and put them in there and start holding hearings. That’s not a request, that’s a direction,” Garaufis responded, according to N.Y. Daily News. “I’ve lived in New York City all my life. I know what the problem is. And believe me, front and center is what happened the other day. This doesn’t have to do with politics, this has to do with race.”

The Vulcan Society accused the city of discrimination in a 2007 lawsuit, which the city agreed to settle for $98 million in back pay and benefits for aspiring minority firefighters in 2014. 

While the case was still ongoing in 2011, Garaufis ruled that firefighter exams intentionally discriminated against Black people, according to the Daily News. A federal appeals court later overturned that conclusion but allowed Garaufis’ proposed solutions, including the appointment of a federal monitor, to stand. 

Wilson has long lamented about a backlog of EEO complaints, which are supposed to be fully investigated within 90 days, according to city policy. 

At last month’s hearing, FDNY officials argued the department has just half the investigative attorneys on staff compared to the 2020 onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. They said EEO cases are being assigned to lawyers in other FDNY bureaus and to the Law Department while the FDNY works to hire more people to combat address the shortage. 

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“You have 900 lawyers sitting doing other things in the Corporation Counsel’s office and lawyers all over the city government. Put them on detail, they already work for you, and do it. One hundred eighty days is not acceptable,” Garaufis said. “And I want the commissioner here at the next meeting.”

“I don’t know what she’s doing, but she’s not working on this. And she’s a former judge. I doubt she’d be too happy about having her orders ignored and her instructions ignored,” Garaufis added of Hinds-Radix. 

“Commissioner Kavanagh and the FDNY is committed to providing a professional work environment free of discrimination and harassment for all Department employees, which is why we continue to work with our city partners so we can effectively re-staff the EEO office,” FDNY spokesman James Long said, according to the Daily News. 

He reportedly added that FDNY top brass are “having ongoing conversations with our members about decorum during department events.”

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“The FDNY takes every EEO complaint seriously, diligently investigates each complaint, and is committed to addressing the complaint backlog,” Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci told the newspaper. “The court has previously expressed appreciation for the Corporation Counsel’s active engagement in finding solutions in the past, and continued to acknowledge that a lot of the city’s efforts have been done well. We’ll be updating the court on how we plan to further assist the FDNY EEO Office.”

Popular comedian slams fees he was charged while eating at restaurant

Sebastian Maniscalco slammed two fees he encountered while eating at a restaurant last week.

The stand-up comedian took to social media saying a restaurant he dined at should get rid of the “COVID fee” he said it charged him. The fee was $3, according to Maniscalco. 

“I went to a restaurant last night, and I got the bill and they charged me a COVID fee,” he said. “I asked the guy. I go, ‘What’s the COVID fee?’ He goes, ‘Yeah, well, we gotta wipe down the menus.’ Wipe down the menus? You’re charging $3 to wipe down your own menus? Before COVID, what, you just brought out the menu with spaghetti sauce on it?”

Maniscalco did not identify the restaurant by name or say where it was located.

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Some dining establishments around the country started implementing dedicated COVID-related fees during the pandemic to help recoup additional expenses they incurred because of the virus. Some examples of things that restaurants used to COVID surcharges for included personal protective equipment and social distancing measures on top of sanitization, per the Washington Post.

But as the pandemic has wound down, some restaurants have kept COVID-related fees in place. Inflation and other things have factored into some doing so, according to reports.

The comedian also said in the video that he incurred a credit card surcharge to the tune of 3.5% during the same meal.

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Restaurants and other businesses may subject customers to a small surcharge for swiping their credit card to foot the “processing” cost associated with that electronic payment method. They often fall in the 1-3% range.

“It’s a real bad look as a business. Absorb the fee. It’s called the cost of doing business,” Maniscalco continued, adding that it “ain’t right” in a seeming reference to the name of his upcoming stand-up tour.

The comedian posted the video of him criticizing the two fees on several social media platforms. On Facebook, over 16,000 people reacted to it, while the clip wracked up over 50,000 views on X.

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Maniscalco will start his “It Ain’t Right” comedy tour in July with a show in Norfolk, Virginia. He has had multiple comedy specials in the past, including two on Netflix.

He also holds the leading role in the Max series “Bookie.” 

House Republicans push to rename major international airport after Trump

FIRST ON FOX: A group of House Republicans is pushing to rename Washington, D.C.’s, main international airport after former President Trump.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., the House GOP’s chief deputy whip, introduced the bill Friday along with six cosponsors. 

“In my lifetime, our nation has never been greater than under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump,” Reschenthaler told Fox News Digital. “As millions of domestic and international travelers fly through the airport, there is no better symbol of freedom, prosperity and strength than hearing ‘Welcome to Trump International Airport’ as they land on American soil.”

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Legislative text obtained by Fox News Digital on Monday showed that, if passed, “the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known and designated as the ‘Donald J. Trump International Airport.'”

“Any reference in any law, regulation, map, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the airport referred to in subsection (a) shall be considered to be a reference to the Donald J. Trump International Airport,” the brief bill said. 

Reschenthaler’s bill is also backed by Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; Andy Ogles, R-Tenn.; Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.; Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.; Barry Moore, R-Ala.; and Troy Nehls, R-Texas, according to the website Congress.gov.

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The bill has little chance of being taken up by the Democrat-controlled Senate, but if passed, it would be the second D.C.-area airport named for a Republican commander in chief after Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

“In 1998, Congress renamed the National Airport in Washington after one of our great presidents, Ronald Reagan. It is only fitting that we would do the same for another one of our greatest presidents, Donald J. Trump, especially as he stands against the onslaught of weaponized government to fight for Americans like us,” Moore told Fox News Digital.

Gosar similarly said, “I can see no more fitting recognition than naming both airports in our nation’s capital after America’s two best presidents: DCA after President Reagan and Dulles after President Trump.”

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Dulles is a busy international hub that’s critical for lawmakers and other Washington officials’ travel, particularly for airlines and routes that do not operate out of Reagan, which is smaller than its Loudoun County counterpart.

Dulles was ranked 33rd out of 764 U.S. airports in terms of passenger traffic in 2023, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. With domestic and international travel combined, roughly 25 million passengers went through Dulles last year.

It’s also the fourth-largest U.S. airport in terms of land area, according to the website Air Advisor.

Fox News Digital reached out to the campaign for Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, for comment.

‘Yellowstone’ star shares what she knows about what’s next for hit show

“Yellowstone” actress Lainey Wilson has no idea what’s next for the Western television series.

Ahead of the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Monday night, Wilson told Fox News Digital she has “no clue” what’s to come of the final installment of the fifth season.

“I’m still waiting to find out what’s happening with ‘Yellowstone,’” she explained. “I have absolutely no clue. I did talk to Kelly Reilly the other day [Beth Dutton] and you know, we’ll see what happens.”

She continued, “Once they give us the call – we’re there.”

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At the music award show in Los Angeles, Wilson walked the red carpet with fellow country music star Jelly Roll. The pair performed together at Dolby Theater.

The duo sang Jelly Roll’s “Save Me” during their emotional, candlelit performance on Monday night.

Lainey made her acting debut portraying Abby in season five of “Yellowstone.” Similar to her career in real life, Wilson’s character is a country music singer who performs at John Dutton’s inaugural celebration as the new governor of Montana. 

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The Kevin Costner-led Western aired the first half of the fifth and final season in November 2022. The second half of the fifth season was expected in November, but due to the writers and actors’ strikes, the episodes were postponed.

Paramount Network announced in November that the final “Yellowstone” episodes would be released this fall. 

The show follows the Dutton family’s tribulations owning the biggest ranch in the United States. Set in Montana, the show stars Reilly, Cole Hauser, Luke Grimes and Wes Bentley. 

WATCH: Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson walk the red carpet together

“Yellowstone,” like the series’ spinoffs “1883” and “1923,” was written by Taylor Sheridan.

Fans can expect the “Yellowstone” franchise to look to the past and the future with two new spinoff series with the working titles of “1944” and “2024.”

After the first half of the fifth season aired in late 2022, the show took a break for the holidays. Multiple sources kept alleging Costner only wanted to work for one week to film the rest of the episodes, which would be difficult to do as he’s the star of the show.

In February 2023, Costner’s attorney, Marty Singer, gave a statement on that rumor to Fox News Digital, saying, “The idea that Kevin was only willing to work one week on the second half of season 5 of ‘Yellowstone’ is an absolute lie. 

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“It’s ridiculous, and anyone suggesting it shouldn’t be believed for one second. As everyone who knows anything about Kevin is well aware, he is incredibly passionate about the show and has always gone way above and beyond to ensure its success.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sheridan said Costner was focused on writing, producing and starring in his own four-movie Western saga, “Horizon.” Costner has been working on this film series for 35 years, and it was reportedly difficult to balance “Yellowstone” once “Horizon” was approved.

“My opinion of Kevin as an actor hasn’t altered,” Sheridan told the outlet in June. “His creation of John Dutton is symbolic and powerful… and I’ve never had an issue with Kevin that he and I couldn’t work out on the phone. But once lawyers get involved, then people don’t get to talk to each other and start saying things that aren’t true and attempt to shift blame based on how the press or public seem to be reacting. 

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“He took a lot of this on the chin, and I don’t know that anyone deserves it. His movie seems to be a great priority to him, and he wants to shift focus. I sure hope [the movie is] worth it – and that it’s a good one.

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“I’m disappointed. It truncates the closure of his character. It doesn’t alter it, but it truncates it.”

Famous atheist and scientist says he identifies as a ‘cultural Christian’

A famous atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explained he identifies as a “cultural Christian” in an interview after learning Ramadan lights were hung on a street in the UK as opposed to hanging lights to celebrate Easter.

Dawkins was referring to Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, turning on 30,000 lights for Ramadan – the Muslim holy month – on the cusp of Easter weekend on Oxford Street. 

“I must say I’m slightly horrified to hear that Ramadan is being promoted instead,” Dawkins said in an interview with Rachel S. Johnson of LBC Sunday. “I feel that we are a Christian country.”

“It’s true that statistically, the number of people who actually believe in Christianity is going down and I’m happy with that, but I would not be happy if, for example, we lost all our cathedrals and our beautiful parish churches. So, I count myself a cultural Christian. I think it would matter if we… substituted any alternative religion, that would be truly dreadful,” he told the media outlet.

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Dawkins said that if he had to choose between Christianity and Islam, he would choose Christianity “every single time.” 

“It seems to me to be a fundamentally decent religion in a way that I think Islam is not.” 

The evolutionary biologist said while he believes Christianity is “not great” about the way women are viewed in terms of female vicars and bishops, he feels the “holy books of Islam” promote “active hostility to women.”

“I’m not talking about individual Muslims, who, of course, are all quite different, but the doctrines of Islam, the Hadith and the Quran, it’s fundamentally hostile to women, hostile to gays and, I find that I like to live in a culturally Christian country, although I do not believe a single word of the Christian faith.” 

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The comments were a different tune than the one Dawkins took when he authored an infamous book called “The God Delusion” in 2006, where he ridiculed believers, including Christians. 

“To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird,” he wrote. “Do those people who hold up the Bible as an inspiration to moral rectitude have the slightest notion of what is actually written in it?”

He also called into question children identifying with the religious homes they were born into. 

“Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility. As for whether they are ‘valid,’ let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so,” he wrote. 

“A child is not a Christian child, not a Muslim child, but a child of Christian parents or a child of Muslim parents… A child who is told she is a ‘child of Muslim parents’ will immediately realize that religion is something for her to choose -or reject- when she becomes old enough to do so,” he said. 

The famed atheist has stirred the pot in the past when he told British journalist Piers Morgan “there are two sexes and that’s all there is to it.” 

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He called out the “bullies” who criticized “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling for commenting that there are only two sexes. 

“Sex really is binary,” the scientist previously explained. “You’re either male or female, and it’s absolutely clear you can do it on gamete size. You can do it on chromosomes. To me, as a biologist, it’s distinctly weird people can simply declare ‘I am a woman though I have a penis’.” 

Fox News’ Gabriel Hays and Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.

Hillary Clinton has blunt message for voters upset by Trump-Biden rematch

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a blunt message to those dreading the forthcoming rematch between President Biden and former President Trump.

Appearing on Monday’s “The Tonight Show,” Clinton was asked by host Jimmy Fallon what she’d say to voters “upset that those are the two choices.”

“Get over yourself. Those are the two choices,” Clinton responded. 

“Yeah! I love that,” Fallon reacted.

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The former 2016 Democratic nominee then laid out her comparisons of the two “old” 2024 candidates.

“One is old, and effective, and compassionate, has a heart and really cares about people. And one is old and has been charged with 91 felonies,” Clinton said.

Three of the 91 charges against Trump were tossed from the Georgia case last month. 

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“I don’t understand why this is even a hard choice, really. I don’t understand it,” Clinton continued. “But we have to go through the election and hopefully people will realize what’s at stake because it’s an existential question. What kind of country we’re gonna have, what kind of democracy we can have and people who blow that off are not paying attention because it’s not like Trump, his enablers, his empowerers, his allies are not telling us what they want to do. I mean, they’re pretty clear about what kind of country they want.”

“Yeah, so get out there and vote,” Fallon told his audience.

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Clinton is far from the only Democrat rallying behind Biden. Last week, Biden was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as former President Obama and several A-list celebrities for a mega fundraiser in New York City. 

A poll released by Fox News last week showed Biden behind Trump by five points both in a head-to-head, as well as a 5-way race with candidates Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel West and Jill Stein. 

Biden campaign makes bold claim he can flip red state amid Trump’s legal woes

President Biden’s campaign believes he can swing solidly red Florida into the blue.

The Biden team is claiming it can beat presumptive Republican nominee, former President Trump, due to his ongoing legal troubles and financial penalties.

“Make no mistake: Florida is not an easy state to win, but it is a winnable one for President Biden, especially given Trump’s weak, cash-strapped campaign, and serious vulnerabilities within his coalition,” wrote Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez in a memo this week. Democratic coalitions are “growing and energized,” according to the campaign.

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Rodriguez went on to say that Florida is “a state where President Biden has a compelling story of results, Trump and Rick Scott’s extreme agenda is making Floridians’ lives worse, and the Democratic coalition is growing and energized,” according to the report.

The Biden team’s efforts to flip Florida will likely be an uphill battle – the Sunshine State has become a Republican stronghold in recent years, though it has a long history of changing color.

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Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Florida was a solid Republican state that broke for GOP candidates in four straight presidential elections.

The state flipped blue for former President Bill Clinton in 1996, and has occasionally flip-flopped between the parties ever since.

Trump scored a narrow victory against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 with approximately 49% to Clinton’s 48%.

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Trump won Florida in the 2020 presidential election against Biden, snatching approximately 51% of votes compared to the Democrat’s 48% – widening the gap between Republican and Democratic support in the state.

Trillions of noisy flying insects to swarm US for first time in over 200 years

Billions, if not trillions, of two groups of noisy flying insects are expected to emerge from the underground in 17 U.S. states in April in a rare natural phenomenon not seen since 1803.

The insects, known as cicadas, are set to spring up and engage in a frantic mating frenzy lasting several weeks before they will all eventually die near trees.

But that’s not before they lay eggs on forest floors and the cycle of life begins anew.

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It will be the first time in 221 years that two types of cicadas — brood XIX and XIII–  have risen from the ground at the same time, back when Thomas Jefferson was president, and it is not expected to happen again until 2244.

The one to two-inch-long bugs possess sturdy bodies, bulging compounded red eyes and membranous wings with a three-inch wingspan.

But don’t be alarmed, cicadas are not harmful to humans, pets, household gardens, or crops, the Environmental Protection Agency says. In fact, they are a valuable food source for birds and mammals. Cicadas can aerate lawns and improve water filtration into the ground while they add nutrients to the soil as they decompose.

Most cicada species come out every year, but in the United States, there are two periodical broods of cicadas that stay underground for either 13 years or 17 years.

“The co-emergence of any two broods of different cycles is rare, because the cycles are both prime numbers,” John Cooley, a cicada expert at UConn told Live Science.

“Any given 13 and 17-year broods will only co-emerge once every 13 x 17 = 221 years.” 

Brood XIII cicadas appear on a 17-year cycle, and are restricted mostly to northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin and a few counties in extreme northwestern Indiana, according to entomologist Floyd Shockley of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington. 

Brood XIX emerges on a slightly shorter 13-year cycle, and are widely distributed from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia – a total of 15 states, according to Shockley. The two broods together span parts of 17 states. 

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These two broods overlap only in a small area in central Illinois and sometimes in Indiana. They are close enough potentially to have some interbreeding between broods.

Female cicadas make slits in small tree branches and usually lay 20 to 30 eggs in each slit. A female can lay 400 to 600 eggs in a lifetime. The eggs hatch from late July to early August. Then the cicadas fall to the ground and immediately burrow underground. They can smell badly if they die in large numbers together.

They cannot lay eggs in your skin, Cooley told MassLive.

“This summer, some will get a chance to witness a phenomenon rarer — and probably louder — than Halley’s comet,” Cooley said.

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“You cannot possibly be unaware that periodical cicadas are out, because they’re out by the millions and millions, and they’re noisy, charismatic, active insects that are just everywhere,” Cooley said. 

Cicadas can be dangerous to young trees, however, as they lay their eggs in small tree branches which can harm the tree, the EPA says. The agency advises covering maturing saplings in mesh or netting to keep the insects out. 

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.