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MISSING GIRL-NORTH CAROLINA
FBI: Body found during search for kidnapped teenage girl
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – The FBI says a body has been found in an area of North Carolina where searchers have been looking for a missing teenager for three weeks.
A news release Tuesday said FBI agents and detectives of the Lumberton Police Department found the body around 4:45 p.m. near a road east of Interstate 95 and south of Lumberton.
Officials would not say immediately if the body found was that of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, who was kidnapped Nov. 5 from a mobile home park after going outside to start a relative’s SUV to prepare to leave for the school bus stop. Police say a man then forced the teenager into an SUV and drove off.
The SUV was later found in Lumberton, several miles from the mobile home park.
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS-HEADQUARTERS
Advance Auto Parts moving HQ from Virginia to North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Advance Auto Parts is moving its headquarters from the Virginia city that was its home for nearly 90 years to North Carolina’s tech-heavy capital city.
North Carolina officials on Wednesday approved an $11 million incentives package to get the car-parts retailer to leave its Roanoke, Virginia, base for Raleigh. The company had split corporate and support operations between the cities for four years after buying Raleigh-based General Parts International Inc. The move adds about 435 jobs in Raleigh.
Advance Auto Parts started as a variety-store chain in Roanoke in the 1930s and became a specialty auto parts chain in the 1970s under Nicholas Taubman, who succeeded his father as top executive.
Advance Auto Parts operates nearly 5,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NFL KNEELING-FAMILY SHOOTING
Police: Man shoots son after fight over kneeling NFL players
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a man shot and wounded his son on Thanksgiving after a heated fight about NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem.
Cary police say 21-year-old Esteban Marley Valencia and his brother argued during dinner about the athletes’ protest of racial injustice. News outlets report 51-year-old Jorge Luis Valencia-Lamadrid told officers Valencia then physically attacked his other son so he retrieved a shotgun.
Valencia-Lamadrid said Valencia started throwing furniture and hit him in the face with a water bottle. He said he had been holding the gun by its pistol grip and squeezed the trigger. Valencia was shot in the hand and leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Valencia-Lamadrid was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
NIKKI HALEY AWARD
Outgoing ambassador says she brought ‘Carolina values’ to UN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – America’s outgoing ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley says she brought ‘Carolina values’ to the U.N.
News outlets report the 46-year-old Haley spoke in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday while accepting the Charlotte Chamber’s 2018 Citizen of the Carolinas award. She credited her time as governor for preparing her for the U.N. She told the crowd of several hundred people that Carolinians take pride in standing for what’s right, even if it means standing alone.
She also talked about bringing jobs to the state as governor and providing healing after the 2015 slaying of nine black church members by Dylann Roof. Haley announced last month that she plans to resign from the U.N. this year. It’s unclear what she will do next.
Lame-duck session begins, with voter ID the chief task
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly has reconvened, with its chief task to pass a voter identification law that implements a constitutional amendment approved by a majority of voters on Election Day.
The Senate and House gaveled in the session Tuesday, three weeks since Democrats won over a dozen legislative seats and broke the Republicans’ veto-proof majorities come January.
GOP leaders still have veto-proof control during a two-week lame-duck session. They’re pressing forward with filling in the details on voter ID requirements.
Well over 100 people opposed to a voter ID law rallied outside the Legislative Building. Protesters said voter ID would disproportionately harm minorities and the poor. They called on legislators to help people still suffering after Hurricane Florence by expanding Medicaid and raising the minimum wage.
ELECTION 2018-9TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
North Carolina board delays finalizing congressional result
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s elections board has delayed finalizing the results of a close U.S. House race. The board appears to be scrutinizing potential wrongdoing in the 9th Congressional District.
Board members meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to certify the final tallies in scores of elections earlier this month but didn’t sign off on the 9th District.
Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 283,000 cast in the district’s eight counties.
The board met privately for nearly two hours before voting in public without a detailed explanation. Member Joshua Malcolm lives in the 9th District and made the motion to delay race certification until at least Friday. Malcolm said earlier Tuesday he was concerned about “unfortunate activities that have been happening down in my part of the state.”
DUKE ENERGY-RATE INCREASE
Duke Energy unit to raise rates again after power purchases
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The average Duke Energy household in eastern North Carolina and around Asheville could be paying $5 a month more for electricity starting this weekend.
The Charlotte-based company’s Duke Energy Progress on Tuesday asked state regulators for permission to notify customers of the price increase beginning Saturday.
The increase includes annual changes in the power company’s costs of fuel and purchasing renewable energy. This year also includes costs from buying out several municipalities for their share of Duke Energy nuclear plants. Customers also got a savings because the company saw a federal income tax cut this year.
The increase comes on top of $7.63 per month the average household began paying in March for power system upgrades, coal ash cleanup and other costs.
North Carolina may raise tax breaks as Apple weighs decision
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina legislators are considering more than doubling state tax breaks offered to companies that promise to bring lots of high-paying jobs but aren’t quite “transformative.”
Legislation introduced Tuesday in the state General Assembly would raise the maximum tax break allowed for those companies by nearly 150 percent to $16,000 per job each year.
The change would apply to high-profile projects that aren’t the so-called “transformative” companies eligible for massive state subsidies. That describes companies generating 3,000 jobs and investing at least $1 billion.
The tax breaks tweak comes six months after The Associated Press reported tech giant Apple was considering North Carolina for a new corporate campus employing 5,000 jobs and possibly many more. Raleigh this month lost out on hosting an East Coast headquarters operation for Amazon.