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SCIENCE SAYS-GENE-EDITED FOOD
Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?
WASHINGTON (AP) – A new generation of biotech foods is getting close to the grocery aisles.
By early next year, the first foods made from gene-edited plants and animals are expected to begin selling. First up, probably salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil tweaked to be extra heart-healthy.
Researchers also are pursuing wheat with triple the usual fiber, mushrooms that don’t brown, dairy cows that won’t need painful de-horning and pigs immune to a dangerous virus.
It’s a different way of altering DNA than is used to make today’s GMOs. But governments are wrestling with how to regulate gene editing. And the bigger question is whether consumers will accept that difference or see the new products as GMOs in disguise.
NC recruiters had hope for Amazon jobs that went to NYC, DC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina business recruiters say they heard from Amazon last month about the potential for the Raleigh area landing the tech giant’s second headquarters and weren’t told the 50,000 jobs would go instead to New York City and Arlington, Virginia.
Officials with North Carolina’s top two recruiting agencies said Tuesday they last heard from Amazon last month and weren’t told they’d been scratched from consideration.
The state Commerce Department and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina didn’t release details Tuesday of the millions in tax credits and other incentives offered to lure the tech jobs that Amazon said will pay an average of $150,000 a year.
Incentives packages offered for Pittsburgh, Dallas and Chicago were in the $1 billion to $5 billion range.
GIRL KIDNAPPED-NORTH CAROLINA
FBI raises reward in case of kidnapped North Carolina teen
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – The FBI has raised its reward for information in the case of a missing North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped outside her home.
Agent Andy de la Roche told a news conference Tuesday that the agency is raising its reward to $25,000 for information on the disappearance of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. The state of North Carolina is already offering a $5,000 reward.
De la Roche said the agency wants either information leading to the girl’s whereabouts, or for information leading to the people responsible for Aguilar’s disappearance.
Relatives and police say the eighth-grader went outside on Nov. 5 in Lumberton to start a relative’s vehicle when a man forced her into an SUV. The SUV was found three days later in Lumberton.
Excessive partisanship claimed in North Carolina maps suit
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say are illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans.
Common Cause NC, the state Democratic Party and voters sued GOP mapmakers Tuesday in Wake County court.
Partisan gerrymandering claims against state legislative lines are similar to those Common Cause and the party filed two years ago in federal court over state congressional districts. Federal judges have twice ruled the congressional map violated protections for Democratic voters. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear an appeal in that case.
Tuesday’s lawsuit is different because it focuses on the North Carolina Constitution.
At least eight lawsuits have challenged North Carolina maps since the current redistricting round began in 2011.
Records: FBI met with man accused of threatening synagogue
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Court records say the FBI met with a North Carolina man days before he was accused of threatening a synagogue this month.
The News & Observer reports court documents say 20-year-old William Josephus Warden told agents “Jews are running the country on the backs of the working class white male.” He also said Jews should be eliminated and he was part of an area anti-Semitic group. He’s charged with ethnic intimidation.
Records say Cary police learned of Warden last month when an investigation connected him to a batch of “Aryan Youth” flyers. A detective and agent then met with Warden, whose mother is a judge and says he suffers with a mental illness.
The records say the detective had a “well-founded concern” that Warden may commit an act of violence.
New York man killed in industrial accident in North Carolina
EDEN, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have identified a man who was killed in an industrial accident in North Carolina.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said 44-year-old William A. Villatoro of Bayshore, New York, was part of a team contracted to remove metal from the vacant MillerCoors plant in Eden. A news release from the sheriff’s office said Villatoro was using a cutting saw Monday when it kicked back and hit him in his upper body.
Authorities said Villatoro was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office said foul play isn’t suspected.
Investigators with the N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division are looking into the cause of the accident and whether a violation of health or safety standards occurred.
3 students charged in online threat to North Carolina school
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged three students after a post on social media suggested there was a gun on a high school campus. It was one of three instances in which weapons were reported at schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release that officers responded Tuesday to reports of a weapon on campus at Olympic High School. The school was placed on lockdown.
A social media post depicted several people and a firearm in a neighborhood near the Olympic campus. Three teenagers were arrested and charged with possession of a handgun by a minor.
Also, police arrested a 13-year-old at a middle school after he was found with a stun gun. A 19-year-old was arrested at another high school after he was found with a stolen gun.
HURRICANE FLORENCE-STREAMFLOW RECORDS
Hurricane Florence breaks 28 streamflow records in Carolinas
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal report shows Hurricane Florence broke records in a key flooding measure at more than two-dozen stream gauges in the Carolinas.
The U.S. Geological Survey released a report Tuesday on streamflow, which measures how much water passes a fixed point at a river or stream. Records were broken at 18 gauges in North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina.
All had more than a decade of data, some more than 70 years. The Waccamaw River in Freeland, North Carolina, peaked at 53,600 cubic feet (1,518 cubic meters) per second on Sept. 19 – the most since recording started there in 1940. In South Carolina, the Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry peaked Sept. 21 at 66,900 cubic feet (1,894 cubic meters) per second, the largest in 77 years.