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FBI: SUV stolen in 13-year-old girl’s kidnapping found
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – Officials have found the SUV that was stolen during the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl at a North Carolina mobile home park.
The FBI said in a statement that the green Ford Expedition was found Thursday morning in the Lumberton area, about eight miles from the Rosewood Mobile Home Park where Hania Noelia Aguilar was taken Monday morning. The FBI says its evidence response team will process the vehicle. They’re asking anyone in that area with video surveillance to call their tip line.
Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside Monday morning to start a relative’s SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into the SUV and drove off.
An Amber Alert was issued, and the FBI is offering a $15,000 reward.
Bond between donkey, emu may make adoption difficult
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption.
The Charlotte Observer reports the male donkey and female emu were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina when their owner suddenly vanished last week. Jennifer Gordon of nonprofit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue near Charlotte says the owner also left behind other animals.
She says the shelter, which has not yet named the animals, tried separating them. But the donkey cried and the emu became frantic.
She says the donkey doesn’t even like the shelter’s other donkeys. She says the two cuddle and sleep together. She says they can’t be separated, so someone needs to adopt both animals and “that may not be easy.
MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE
Mountain Valley submits application for N Carolina pipeline
(Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com)
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Mountain Valley Pipeline developers have submitted a request to extend the natural gas pipeline project into North Carolina.
The Roanoke Times reports the application filed Tuesday asks for a 73-mile extension for the 300-mile pipeline that is being constructed in West Virginia and Virginia. Mountain Valley proposed the $468 million project called MVP Southgate in April.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application says the project would start at the current project’s endpoint in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It would run to Alamance County, North Carolina and provide gas to local distribution company PSNC Energy.
Opponents fear environmental damage, object to the pipeline’s use of eminent domain to obtain private land and question if the pipeline is needed. Mountain Valley says it hopes to start construction on the new project in 2020.
HALLOWEEN CANDY-STRAIGHT PIN
Police accuse 11-year-old of putting pins in Halloween candy
(Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com)
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have accused an 11-year-old of placing straight pins inside Halloween candy.
The Salisbury Post quotes the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office as saying the child faces felony charges, and has been referred to juvenile court and recommended for a mental evaluation.
A father reported his 12-year-old son bit into a mini-Snickers bar from his Halloween candy and noticed something was stuck to the roof of his mouth. The father says it was a straight pin.
A second family also reported a mini-Snickers bar with a metal object inside. In that instance, a parent found the candy and the child who had received it wasn’t hurt.
Authorities say the candy in both cases came from the same neighborhood.
ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-NORTH CAROLINA 9TH DISTRICT
McCready concedes to Harris in North Carolina Congress race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Democratic candidate Dan McCready has conceded to Republican Mark Harris in their close race for a North Carolina congressional seat.
McCready announced late Wednesday he had spoken with Harris to congratulate him on his victory in the south-central 9th District. The Associated Press has not yet called the race.
With all precincts reporting, Harris leads McCready by less than 1,900 votes. McCready would have the option to demand a recount if it remained that close after all absentee and provisional votes are counted.
Earlier Wednesday, Harris said Tuesday’s results showed a “clear win” for him. Harris said he was used to being in a tight race. He lost to Rep. Robert Pittenger in the 2016 GOP primary by 134 votes. Harris beat Pittenger in this year’s primary.
Democrats knock holes in Republican wall of state control
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Republican wall that has stood in state capitols for much of the past decade now has a few holes in it.
Democrats flipped control of seven gubernatorial offices and about a half-dozen state legislative chambers in Tuesday’s first midterm elections of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
Yet those victories didn’t quite reach the lofty goals of an anticipated blue wave. That left both major parties with reasons for hope as they look ahead to another pivotal battle in 2020.
Some of the biggest wins for Democrats came in the Midwest, where they defeated Republican Govs. Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Bruce Rauner in Illinois and picked up open Republican governor’s seats in Michigan and Kansas.
Democrats also flipped control of governor’s offices being vacated by Republicans in Maine, Nevada and New Mexico.
ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS-MACHINES
Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines
ATLANTA (AP) – Election experts have long warned about the nation’s aging fleet of voting equipment. This week’s elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed.
Across the country, reports poured in Tuesday amid heavy voter turnout of equipment failing or malfunctioning.
Scanners used to record ballots broke down in New York City. Voting machines stalled or stopped working in Detroit. Electronic poll books used to check in voters failed in Georgia.
Voting experts had hoped the threat of foreign governments meddling in U.S. elections would prompt action to upgrade election machinery.
But two years before the 2020 presidential election, 41 states are still using machines that were manufactured more than a decade ago and a dozen states are using at least some electronic machines that produce no paper trail.
Democratic gains means several GOP incumbents lose
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic successes in North Carolina General Assembly races meant several Republican incumbents won’t return in 2019, while others are in races still considered too close to call.
At least seven GOP incumbents from Wake and Mecklenburg counties lost Tuesday. They include GOP Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary, the senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who lost to Democrat Julie von Haefen.
A senior chairman of the House Finance Committee, GOP Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews, led Democrat Rachel Hunt by only about 50 votes, with absentee ballots still trickling in. Hunt is the daughter of former four-term Gov. Jim Hunt.
In another razor-thin result that’s not been settled, GOP Sen. Michael Lee of Wilmington trailed Democrat Harper Peterson by less than 40 votes.