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After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislation quickly passed through North Carolina’s legislature this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations.
If the state elections board decides ballot irregularities or other problems cast the true outcome into doubt and force a redo, the legislation would require new primary elections in the 9th Congressional District race, in addition to a new general election.
That would allow Republicans another look at Mark Harris, the Republican who led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in unofficial results.
Republican political consultant Carter Wrenn said he thinks the GOP-led Legislature is worried that Harris might be damaged and want the opportunity to have a different Republican nominee.



Man fatally shot before flight at North Carolina airport
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man is accused of shooting and killing another man outside a small airport.
Citing a Greenville police release, news outlets report 52-year-old Joseph Pate died at the scene outside Pitt-Greenville Airport early Sunday. Airport Director Betty Stansbury says Pate was planning on departing on the 7 a.m. American Airlines flight to Charlotte.
Police have charged 49-year-old John Reid with first-degree murder in Pate’s death. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting around 6 a.m. Police say the two men knew each other, but offered no further details.
The airport canceled the 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. outbound flights. In addition to the airport’s general aviation sector, American Airlines flies to and from Charlotte.
The investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear whether Reid has a lawyer.



Police officer hit, killed by car while investigating crash
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say a police officer has been fatally struck by a vehicle while investigating a car crash.
News outlets report Lumberton police Officer Jason Quick died at a hospital after he was hit Saturday morning on Interstate 95. A police statement says the 31-year-old joined the department last year.
State Public Safety Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker says Quick was trying to walk across the highway when a passing car struck him.
Authorities say 24-year-old Kadejera Inman was driving the car that hit Quick. The State Highway Patrol and Robeson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.
Quick was the eighth North Carolina officer killed in action this year, and the sixth to die from a car crash. Quick is survived by his wife, Lea Quick, and two young children.



Interim chancellor made permanent at Elizabeth City State
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – The interim leader credited with improvements at a historically black campus that’s part of the University of North Carolina system has been named permanent chancellor.
The News & Observer reports the UNC Board of Governors on Friday elected Karrie Dixon from a slate of three finalists for the Elizabeth City State University job.
She’s held the interim chancellor job since April.
In 2016, UNC President Margaret Spellings established a working group to address enrollment declines and budget cuts. ECSU is now one of three universities designated as an NC Promise school, with in-state annual tuition at $1,000. The program’s launch this fall led to a 19 percent enrollment increase. The university also received a $20 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to revamp residence halls and restructure debt.



Police: Ambulance driver fell asleep, crashed into wall
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say an ambulance driver fell asleep, slamming the vehicle into a concrete wall and injuring another EMS worker.
Citing a Burlington police release, news outlets report the Alamance County EMS ambulance drove off the road Sunday morning, hit a curb, then hit a concrete retaining wall and then traveled 70 feet (21 meters) further.
The driver was not hurt, but another employee was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
No charges have been reported. Further details have not been released.



Second earthquake in 4 days centered in eastern Tennessee
MASCOT, Tenn. (AP) – An earthquake centered in eastern Tennessee also was felt in three other states.
The U.S. Geological Survey website says the epicenter of the magnitude 3.0 earthquake early Sunday was about two miles (four kilometers) southeast of Mascot, near Knoxville. It also was felt in parts of Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Geologists say the earthquake was recorded at a depth of 12 miles (20 kilometers).
No injuries or damage are reported. Geologists say damage isn’t likely in temblors below magnitude 4.0.
It’s the second earthquake in eastern Tennessee in the past week. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Wednesday was centered near Decatur.
According to the USGS, the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active in the Southeast. The zone extends across parts of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.



N Carolina system tests for lead at its oldest schools
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Tests show water fixtures at 41 of Charlotte-Mecklenburg 89 oldest schools had unsafe levels of lead, and officials say those fixtures have been removed, blocked off or filtered as soon as the high levels were detected.
The Charlotte Observer reports the school system has completed a second round of testing to identify drinking fountains and other school water sources leaching unsafe levels of lead.
Lead is toxic, especially for young children and pregnant women. There’s no safe level for it.
Most of the more than 3,000 fixtures tested within safe levels. Those schools not tested yet among the system’s 175 schools were generally built after Congress banned lead in water pipes, fixtures and solder in 1986.



Fort Bragg sergeant receives Army heroism award
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – A Fort Bragg sergeant has received the Army’s highest award for heroism outside combat for his rescue of a driver from a car that was on fire.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Sgt. 1st Class Erik Kingsley received the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Kingsley was driving to Raleigh-Durham International Airport about 3:30 a.m. April 1, 2017, when he saw the headlights of a vehicle in a ditch and sparks underneath.
He pulled the driver from the burning car just seconds before the vehicle exploded.
Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag gave the award to Kingsley, saying the sergeant is a hero and a standard for other soldiers to meet.