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Ex-North Carolina Gov. McCrory waiting on political future
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s not quite ready to declare whether his future includes another bid for office.
McCrory said Wednesday on his Charlotte radio program he’s going to take his time this year examining whether to run for governor in 2020. He says the U.S. Senate in 2022 is also possible.
The 62-year-old Republican suggested in a 2017 interview he would make a gubernatorial decision after last November’s elections, but McCrory says now is too soon.
McCrory has run for governor three times. He won in 2012 and served one term before losing to Democrat Roy Cooper in 2016. He also lost to Democrat Beverly Perdue in 2008. McCrory’s term was marked by tax cuts and a “bathroom bill” he signed into law.
NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE FIRE
North Carolina house fire kills child, sends 6 to hospital
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A fire broke out in a North Carolina house, killing a child and sending six other people to the hospital.
The Charlotte Fire Department said on Twitter that more than 30 firefighters responded early Wednesday morning to the blaze in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown. The department says 10 people were in the house when the fire broke out and seven were taken to the hospital.
The fire department says one child died as a result of injuries in the fire but didn’t elaborate.
Citing paramedics, WSOC-TV reported the victims have a combination of smoke inhalation and burns and most are children. The station posted pictures showing that the one-story house is charred black and siding melted on a neighboring home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
City orders Daughters of the Confederacy to remove monument
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina city has told the owner of a recently vandalized Confederate monument to remove it by Jan. 31 or face a possible lawsuit.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the city’s mayor, Allen Joines, announced at Tuesday’s Emancipation Proclamation ceremony that the United Daughters of the Confederacy could face legal action if the group doesn’t comply.
State law makes it difficult to remove monuments on public property, but the Confederate Soldiers Monument is on private property.
Last week, someone wrote “cowards & traitors” on the statue’s base. It was previously vandalized after the 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Considering that and the confrontations over Confederate monuments elsewhere, the city attorney believes it creates a public nuisance.
The newspaper couldn’t reach the statue’s owner for comment.
North Carolina trooper shoots driver fleeing traffic stop
SHALLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina trooper shot a driver who fled the scene of a traffic stop.
Citing a release from the State Highway Patrol, news outlets report a car was pulled over Tuesday night in Brunswick County. The release says the trooper fired as the vehicle accelerated toward him and fled the scene.
Investigators found the suspect at a nearby hospital. The suspect’s condition is unclear.
No further details have been released. The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the probe, and the trooper has been placed on administrative duty.
Brunswick County is located in the southeastern part of the state.
Facebook apologizes for banning evangelist Franklin Graham
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Facebook has apologized for temporarily banning North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham from its platform over a 2016 post about the state’s “bathroom bill.”
The Asheville Citizen Times reports Facebook apologized to Graham on Sunday. Graham, the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, said last week that platform banned him for 24 hours in December, saying the post violated community hate speech standards.
Graham said the post focused on the now-repealed House Bill 2, which required transgender people to often use restrooms matching their birth certificates.
Graham said his post was about Bruce Springsteen canceling a concert over the bill and “backward progress.” Graham said in the post that “a nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress.”
ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA
Harris says he’ll meet with election staff, answer questions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race says he’ll meet with North Carolina elections staffers this week.
Mark Harris, the front-runner in the race to represent the 9th congressional district, said in a statement Monday that he looks forward to sitting down with State Board of Elections staff and “answering any and all questions they have.” Democrat Dan McCready trails Harris by a small margin.
The state elections board has refused to certify the Harris-McCready race while it investigates irregularities in the district in the south-central part of the state. Harris says he’ll comply with the investigation, though he’s eager to be certified.
Incoming U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said last week that majority Democrats won’t let Harris take office this week because of the ongoing investigation.
DEPUTY-FATAL SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Officials: Man fatally shot during struggle with deputy
DENTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man was fatally shot during a struggle in which he tried to take a sheriff’s deputy’s gun.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that deputies responded to a disturbance call in the Denton area on Tuesday morning. When one deputy encountered a man, officials say they began to fight and the man tried to take the deputy’s gun. During a struggle, officials say the man was shot and killed.
Officials say the deputy was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation and the deputy will be on administrative detail until it’s complete.
Officials didn’t release the names of the deputy or man. Capt. Cory Mann said both were white.
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION-WOMAN SHOT
Police: Woman shot during downtown New Year’s celebration
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are trying to figure out who fired a shot that hit a woman during a New Year’s celebration in downtown Raleigh.
Police said in a statement Tuesday that the shooting happened just minutes after midnight amid the celebration. Police say 22-year-old Kaitlyn Kong was hit near the intersection of Fayetteville and Davie streets. She was taken to a hospital with injuries that police say are not thought to be life-threatening.
The News & Observer reports that Capt. Bill McGregor says the bullet came down from above and hit Kong on the top of her chest, then lodged in her abdomen. McGregor says with all the police that were in the area, it’s unlikely the shot was fired there.