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High school searched after explosive found in nearby field
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities have increased security at a high school after investigators say they found a homemade explosive in an abandoned vehicle nearby.
It wasn’t clear if there was a link between the device and the school. But the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that investigators combed North Lenoir Senior High School over the weekend as a precaution.
The investigation began Saturday after an all-terrain vehicle used for maintenance was stolen from the school. The vehicle was found a short distance away, and while deputies searched the area they found another vehicle in a field and saw what they described as a homemade explosive inside.
Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said surveillance video showed no one had entered the school, but they searched campus to make sure there were no hazards.
SOUTHERN POLITICS CHANGING
Midterms reveal South split along urban, rural differences
ATLANTA (AP) – Southern politics was a one-party affair for a long time. First it was Democrats in charge. Then it was Republicans.
Now it’s a mixed bag.
Returns from this month’s elections and data from a national survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters, AP VoteCast, help explain why.
States with more diverse populations and growing metro areas have become more competitive. Virginia has been on that path longer than some other states and is now trending firmly to Democrats. Georgia and North Carolina have emerged as battlegrounds.
The Southern states with smaller cities are still more starkly divided along racial lines. Whites lean heavily Republican and black voters lean heavily Democratic. The overall result favors Republicans in states such as Alabama and Mississippi.
2 arrested in fatal shooting of North Carolina teen
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities have arrested two people in connection to the fatal shooting of a teenager.
News outlets report a 17-year-old boy was arrested Sunday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Tyjuan Jaquar Gibson. Twenty-year-old Joseph Daquan Scott was arrested and charged with making a false police report. Salisbury police say the 17-year-old, Gibson and other teenagers were at Scott’s house last week. They say firearms were present and the 17-year-old shot Gibson.
Police say he and another person took Gibson to a hospital, where he died. Authorities say Scott then falsely reported his car stolen to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, which found the abandoned vehicle and two weapons. Authorities determined the incidents were related.
It’s unclear if the 17-year-old or Scott has a lawyer.
Man injured after being shot by deputy sheriff
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man was injured after being shot by police who were responding to a domestic disturbance call.
News outlets report that the shooting occurred when an Iredell County sheriff’s deputy approached a house in Mooresville late Saturday.
The sheriff’s office said a man answered the door while pointing a gun at the deputy. The deputy feared for her safety and shot the man in the abdomen, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man was taken to a local hospital. Authorities did not identify him.
The deputy was not injured.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
Police investigating deaths of bodies found in lake
HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were recovered from a lake.
Henderson Police said the department believes the bodies of Kesha Smith and Robert Bullock were recovered from Kerr Lake Saturday.
Police said Smith and Bullock had been reported missing earlier this month.
Police said the North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is performing autopsies to determine the manner and cause of the deaths.
NORTH CAROLINA TORNADOES
Tornadoes cause damage in North Carolina
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) – Two tornadoes have caused damage in coastal North Carolina.
The National Weather Service said two tornadoes touched down Saturday afternoon. One tornado hit Emerald Isle and the other hit near Cape Carteret.
There were no reported injuries or deaths.
The National Weather Service said multiple houses had siding damage and some utility lines were damaged. One large house lost a large section of its roof.
TROOPER DELIVERS BABY
State trooper who stopped speeding van helps deliver baby
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Here’s one way to get out of speeding ticket: A North Carolina state trooper helped deliver a baby on the side of the road after pulling over a speeding van on the highway.
WRAL-TV reports that State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Maynard pulled over a van going 85 mph (135 kph) late Saturday.
The couple in the van, Jimmy and Laura Baker, were headed to the hospital so she could give birth, but the baby had other plans and started coming before they could get there.
Maynard helped deliver the baby at roadside, calling the experience both “scary” and “rewarding.”
Baby Halyn was later taken to a hospital. Jimmy Baker says his wife and their newborn are both doing well.
NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA
Utility reaches $2B settlement over failed nuclear plants
CAYCE, S.C. (AP) – Troubled utility SCANA has reached a $2 billion settlement with the South Carolina customers who sued after they were charged high rates to pay for the company’s failed nuclear construction project.
SCANA announced the agreement in a news release Saturday. As part of the settlement, South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. customers will also receive $115 million that The State newspaper reports had been set aside for soon-to-be-ousted SCANA executives.
Before the settlement can be finalized, it must receive the approval of a judge and the S.C. Public Service Commission must also approve Virginia-based Dominion Energy’s proposed buyout of SCANA, SCE&G’s parent company.
Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. abandoned the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station expansion project near Columbia in 2017 following the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse.