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Ex-budget chief Dollar joins North Carolina speaker’s staff
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The top budget-writer in the North Carolina House for the past six years will stick around the Legislative Building despite his defeat in November because he’s been hired by Speaker Tim Moore.
Moore’s office announced that Republican Nelson Dollar of Cary joined his staff Monday as a senior policy adviser, making about $117,500 annually.
Dollar served seven terms in the House, rising to the post of senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 2013. He lost his Wake County seat to Democrat Julie von Haefen in the fall.
It’s unclear the topics that he’ll be advising Moore about, but Moore spokesman Joseph Kyzer praised Dollar for creating budgets that led to revenue surpluses and record reserves in the state’s savings fund.
Police: Mall employee shot man as part of ‘ongoing dispute’
PINEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a fatal shooting at a North Carolina mall resulted from an ongoing dispute between the victim and the employee accused of shooting him.
Pineville Police Lt. Corey Copley said in an email the employee turned himself in shortly after the shooting Sunday afternoon at Carolina Place Mall south of Charlotte.
Investigators believe the victim entered the DTLR store and started a fight with the employee. Police said the employee shot and killed the other man during the confrontation. The victim’s body was found inside the store.
Neither man’s name was released. Copley said charges haven’t been filed yet, and the investigation continues.
Police said the mall has reopened and is safe. Copley described the shooting as “a very unfortunate event between two people who had an ongoing dispute.”
MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON
‘Miracle’ flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s been 10 years since US Airways flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River after colliding with a flock of geese just after takeoff.
All 155 people on board survived the Jan. 15, 2009, incident, which became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
Survivors say that day changed their lives.
Some moved or switched jobs, but others have experience more intangible shifts, like feeling more gratitude and appreciation for the things they haven’t missed out on.
The flight took off from LaGuardia Airport and was headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the birds hit the engines.
A celebration to mark the anniversary is being held Tuesday at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, where the plane is on display.
WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Record snowfall in Illinois capital from storm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Parts of central Illinois have registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.
Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports that the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday. It cites the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of snow that fell on the capital, Springfield, broke a previous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimeters).
The storm lashed the region starting Friday and lasting into Sunday. The weather service says 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) of snow fell on Springfield over the three days.
Jacksonville, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Springfield, got even more at nearly 16 inches (40 centimeters).
North Carolina shrimp trawlers pull in large hauls
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – Scientists say warmer winters are sending shrimp further north, contributing to surging hauls off the coast of North Carolina.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that trawlers have clustered within 3 miles of shore in the Outer Banks, each bringing in as much as 20,000 pounds of shrimp per trip. The manager of O’Neal’s Sea Harvest, Ashley O’Neal, says the Capt. Ralph hauled in a crew record of 30,000 pounds last week.
North Carolina shrimpers broke records in 2016 and 2017.
A biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Chris Stewart, attributes increased harvests to warmer winters and water. A fisheries extension specialist with the North Carolina Sea Grant, Sara Mirabilio, says shrimp coming south from the Chesapeake Bay and heavier rainfall could also be contributing to the rise.
Sheriff: Man shoots self at North Carolina police facility
COLUMBUS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man arrested in North Carolina killed himself during a standoff that began when an officer determined the man was still carrying a gun.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the man died early Sunday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the security fence at the Polk law enforcement facility.
A sheriff’s statement says an officer discovered the firearm on the suspect about 5 a.m. The sheriff’s office says the arrested man was still in a patrol car and ultimately shot himself after being asked several times to turn over the weapon.
Polk County authorities didn’t immediately identify the man, saying relatives were being notified. No further details of his arrest or shooting were released.
The sheriff’s statement says the State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the death.
Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.
Judge Haywood Gilliam on Sunday granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward.
But Gilliam rejected their request that he block the rules nationwide.
California and the other states argue that the changes would force women to turn to state-funded programs for birth control and lead to unintended pregnancies.
The U.S. Department of Justice says the rules protect a small group of objectors from violating their beliefs.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
Rallies held at Confederate statute in North Carolina city
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Dozens of supporters and protesters of a Confederate statute in a North Carolina city took opposite sides of a downtown street, as the monument’s days at its current location could be numbered.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported about 50 people who want the century-old statue next to the old Forsyth County courthouse removed rallied Sunday afternoon. About 25 feet away, 40 people who want the statute to remain gathered at the monument for a prayer and flower-laying event.
The city of Winston-Salem has given the United Daughters of the Confederacy until Jan. 31 to move its statue or face legal action. The group has promised opposing removal efforts.
City officials say they’re worried the statue is a safety concern because of recent topplings of Confederate statues in Durham and Chapel Hill.