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North Carolina wildlife officials warn of deer disease
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina wildlife officials are warning of a deadly disease encroaching on the state’s deer population.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission enacted a rule for the 2018-19 deer hunting season prohibiting import of whole deer carcasses and restricting importation of specific carcass parts to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
Tennessee officials have enacted their chronic wasting disease response plan after reports involving white-tailed deer in the western part of the state.
Wildlife commission spokeswoman Jodie Owen said there has never been a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in North Carolina. Until now, the closest known cases were found in deer in Virginia.
Chronic wasting disease is transmissible in deer, elk, moose and reindeer/caribou and always kills its victims.



Walmart heirs promote charter schools among black community
Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community.
The Walton Family Foundation is the leading supporter of America’s charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately operated.
An Associated Press analysis of tax filings and non-profit grants data shows the Waltons are spreading financial support to prominent and like-minded black leaders, grassroots organizations and other notable groups including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Charter schools are often located in urban areas with large black populations but there is a deep rift of opinion about them in the black community, as highlighted by the NAACP’s call in 2016 for a moratorium on new charter schools.



Woman, 3 teens killed in Tennessee house fire
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say three teenagers and an adult have been killed in a house fire in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.
Collierville Fire Department Chief of Administration Mark King said the fire began Sunday night in a two-story home. King said the house was engulfed with flames and a man who lived in the home and a neighbor were trying to rescue people trapped inside when firefighters arrived.
King says the family that lives in the home were hosting three teenagers whose missionary parents were in India. The teens – ages 14, 15 and 17 – were killed. Also killed was a 46-year-old woman. King described her as the mother of the house.
King says the woman’s husband and their 13-year-old child were hospitalized with smoke inhalation. The fire’s cause is under investigation.



Police: Dad beat 6-year-old with broken selfie stick
(Information from: WSMV-TV, http://www.wsmv.com/)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Tennessee say a Nashville man beat his 6-year-old daughter with a selfie stick after the girl broke it.
WSMV-TV reported Sunday that Metro Nashville police say 28-year-old Aaron Moore has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse. Police say the girl and her siblings were visiting Moore when she accidentally broke the selfie stick.
A police report says Moore then beat the girl with the broken device, leaving welts across her back. The girl’s siblings told police they witnessed the attack, and the children’s mother reported the attack to authorities.
It’s unclear if Moore has a lawyer. He’s set to appear in court in February.



Police records: Most Memphis homicides involved firearms
(Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Police records show that the vast majority of homicides that occurred in Memphis this year were the result of gunfire.
The Commercial Appeal reports that 176 deaths were ruled homicides in Memphis between Jan. 1 and Dec. 19, based on Memphis police records. The newspaper says 90 percent of those homicides were gun-related.
One church recently held a vigil for victims. Nearly 200 people attended the event at the fellowship hall of First Congregational Church – many silently holding small electric candles with names ascribed in black.
Each of the more than 100 flickering candles represented a Memphis man, woman or child killed by gun violence in 2018.
After a prayer, the names of the victims were read aloud by several in attendance.



East Tennessee scientists ID extinct peccary species
GRAY, Tenn. (AP) – East Tennessee State University scientists have discovered the remains of two different extinct species of ancient peccaries at the Gray Fossil Site.
According to the school, peccaries, also known as javelinas, are medium-sized omnivorous animals with small tusks. They look something like pigs but are actually unrelated.
Crew members at the fossil site have been pulling up peccary bones for many years, but a new study revealed the species of peccary that roamed the ancient forests of Tennessee. Neither of the two species have been found in this part of the country before.
The fossil-rich clays of the Gray Fossil Site preserve an ancient ecosystem that dates back around 5 million years. At that time, the site was a large pond surrounded by a lush forest.



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