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2 boaters rescued after clinging to boat for 3 hours
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A man and a woman are safe after they spent three hours clinging to their capsized sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean about 65 miles (105 kilometers) off Atlantic City.
The Coast Guard received a satellite distress signal from the 55-foot (17-meter) vessel Bertie on Wednesday evening. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick says the sailboat was headed to New York from the Bahamas when it encountered stormy conditions.
The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Atlantic City and a plane from North Carolina. A Coast Guard cutter also was dispatched to the scene.
Kendrick says a rescue swimmer found the two hanging onto the capsized boat. They were hoisted aboard the helicopter.
The pair, who Kendrick says have been sailing around the world for the last two years, were transported to a hospital. There’s no word on their condition.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Police: Man with guns shot after ignoring officers’ commands
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say officers fatally shot a man who had multiple firearms outside his home.
The Wilmington Police Department said in a statement that the incident occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers said they responded to reports of shots fired and that the suspect had barricaded himself inside his home.
Police said the 62-year-old man then exited his house with multiple firearms. Police said the man ignored multiple commands before he was shot. He died at the scene.
Police have not released the names or races of the man or the officers involved. The department said the officers are on paid leave as investigations are conducted.
Police said the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. The department said it’s also conducting its own internal review.
Refuge from heat available at N Carolina government building
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The Department of Social Services in one North Carolina county is opening part of its building to people who need a place to escape the hot weather.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that the Cumberland County DSS is opening its auxiliary lobby to the public on days when the heat index reaches 100 degrees and a heat advisory is issued.
A statement from DSS officials says the lobby will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days. It also says the National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a forecast that says temperatures will reach the middle and upper 90s with heat index values of up to around 100 degrees most days this week.
ERIC TRUMP-GOLF TRIP
Nonprofit asks for security cost of Eric Trump’s golf trip
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – How much did it cost U.S. taxpayers to provide security for Eric Trump on a recent golf trip to Trump golf courses in Scotland? That’s what the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants to find out.
The Charlotte Observer reports the group has filed a records request with the Secret Service regarding the trip by President Donald Trump’s son. CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz says the outing was a business trip for the Trump Organization, not a personal excursion.
More than two dozen members from Trump National Charlotte golf club in Iredell County, North Carolina, played with him.
Senate ready to vote on North Carolina budget proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The full Senate is ready to vote on a North Carolina budget proposal for the next two years.
The budget was written by Republicans on the mantra of higher state employee pay, lower taxes and saving for a rainy day. The first of two required votes was expected Thursday following floor debate on the plan, which would spend $24 billion next year. Republicans control the chamber, and history has shown they turn back most Democratic amendments.
GOP senators are highlighting 5% pay raises for state workers and setting aside $1.1 billion in reserves. Corporate franchise tax rates would drop, and individual income tax standard deductions would increase. Consumers who buy online and owners of plug-in cars could feel more of a financial pinch.
House Republicans already approved their version of the budget.
Speaker: Override vote on ‘born-alive’ veto likely next week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina House apparently won’t put off much longer deciding whether to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that directs doctors to take care of newborns from unsuccessful abortions or face crimes.
Speaker Tim Moore told colleagues on Wednesday he intends to hold the override vote on June 5. That question has been off and on the House calendar for weeks since the Senate voted to override.
Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, but House GOP members supporting the “born-alive” bill likely need several Democrats to join them to overcome the veto.
House Democrats have criticized Moore for keeping the question on the chamber’s calendar, which they say has forced colleagues to be present despite sickness and other challenges to prepare for a vote at any time.
BIG FLAG FLAP-THE LATEST
The Latest: Change would allow big flag to keep flying
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Maybe “The Profit” won’t have to go to jail over his flag after all.
The city of Statesville, North Carolina, said in a news release Wednesday that its leaders will consider changing an ordinance regulating the size of flags displayed in a highway business zone.
The statement came after Marcus Lemonis said he would go to jail before he removes a huge American flag flying at a recreational vehicle store his company owns. The city has sued the company because the flag is much larger than what its ordinance allows.
Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh says the change, if approved, would allow the flag at Gander RV to continue flying.
But Lemonis says that’s not enough. He wants no restrictions on the size of American flags as long as the poles and flags aren’t a safety hazard for air travel or people. He plans to visit the Statesville store Thursday.
Lemonis is a businessman and star of CNBC’s reality television show “The Profit.”
YEARBOOK RECALLED-CONFEDERATE FLAG
High school yearbooks recalled over Confederate flag photo
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school system has recalled a high school’s yearbook that had a cover featuring a picture of a Confederate flag.
On its Facebook page, Thomasville City Schools said the Thomasville High School yearbook used several photos from yearbooks past, including a 1968 yearbook picture which had the words “Go Dogs” being held in front of the Confederate flag. The yearbook’s theme this year is “A Blast From The Past.”
According to the Facebook post, the yearbook had been distributed to a few students and members of the staff. After the photo was identified, all yearbooks were collected. The picture will be removed from all yearbook covers and new yearbooks will be distributed to students and staff.