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No injuries after train derailment in North Carolina
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Crews are working to clean up a diesel spill after a train derailment in North Carolina.
WBTV-TV reports that a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed Sunday afternoon in Salisbury. There were no injuries reported.
Officials said three of the train’s seven locomotives derailed. The cause was not immediately clear.
The derailment caused a diesel fuel leak that Norfolk Southern crews and contactors worked to clean up.
Brunswick stew sickens people at church event
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say a Brunswick stew caused about 300 people to get sick at a church event in a North Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer reports bacteria poisoned people at a barbeque held earlier this month at Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church.
Health officials said cultures taken from the stew showed the presence of C. perfringens bacteria, which is a common cause of food poisoning and infection.
Brunswick stew is a spicy Southern concoction that can include chicken, pork or small game with corn, tomatoes, lima beans, okra, onions and potatoes.
Coast Guard looking for missing 83-year-old fisherman
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The Coast Guard says it is searching for a missing 83-year-old fisherman.
The Coast Guard said early Sunday that the man went missing Saturday while fishing aboard a 21-foot pontoon boat near Edenton, North Carolina.
The man’s boat and fishing gear were found shortly after the Coast Guard dispatched a rescue boat and helicopter to begin searching.
The Coast Guard said it searched throughout the night and is continuing to search on Sunday.
GOP seeks last-ditch laws in states where its power slipped
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws to weaken Democrats and advance a conservative agenda.
Michigan Republicans want to water down a minimum wage law they approved before the election so it would not go to voters and now be easier to amend.
Republicans in neighboring Wisconsin are looking to dilute Democrat Tony Evers’ power before he takes over for Gov. Scott Walker. And in North Carolina, Republicans may hash out the requirements of a new voter ID law before they lose their legislative supermajorities.
Republicans downplay the tactics. But some of the steps they’re expected to take will almost surely be challenged in court, and critics say such maneuvers undermine the will of people who voted for change.
FBI: Search on for kidnapped North Carolina teen
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – The FBI and other police agencies are continuing their search to find a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
The FBI said Saturday that agents are conducting searches on foot and using drones as part of the search for Hania Noelia Aguilar.
Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative’s SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into an SUV and drove off.
Authorities said the SUV was later found in Lumberton, several miles (kilometers) from the mobile home park.
The FBI has increased its reward for information that leads to Aguilar to $25,000.
North Carolina principal charged with statutory rape
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they are trying to find a school principal who had sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl.
News outlets report that Goldsboro police on Friday charged Richard Omar Knight with statutory rape and other charges.
Knight, 35, was principal of the Dillard Academy in Wayne County at the time of the alleged offense. He’s since been suspended from the charter school.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Knight.
Midterm elections reveal effects of gerrymandered districts
The midterm elections have provided a case study on partisan gerrymandering that shows how the drawing of district boundaries can affect who’s elected to Congress.
Earlier this year, courts in Pennsylvania and North Carolina declared their congressional districts to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. Districts were re-drawn by a court in Pennsylvania, but not in North Carolina.
On Nov. 6, voters elected nine Democrats and nine Republicans under Pennsylvania’s new map – a significant shift from the 13-5 GOP majority under the old map drawn by Republican.
In North Carolina, the congressional delegation retained a 10-3 Republican majority under a map drawn by Republicans. And that’s despite an almost even split in the popular vote between Democrats and Republicans.
NORTH CAROLINA MOSQUE FIRE
Officials say fire at North Carolina mosque not intentional
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a recent fire at a mosque was not set intentionally.
Officials said Saturday that a preliminary investigation of a fire at the Islamic Center of Cary was accidental and there was evidence it was caused by electrical sources.
Firefighters were called to the center Friday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. The mosque is under construction and was expected to be complete in 2019.