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After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) – Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story is that some houses near the Sampit River haven’t flooded since they were built before the American Revolution.
Gantt will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence’s heavy rains and seeing if the luck finally runs out on her home built in 1737.
The Sampit is one of five rivers that reach the Atlantic Ocean in and near Georgetown on the South Carolina coast. And Hurricane Florence – which started with record rainfall in North Carolina – is expected to cause record flooding downriver in Georgetown County as its final act. The county has recommended almost 8,000 people leave their homes – more than 10 percent of the population.



PAC targets politicians it says act against women’s interest
The Stanford law professor who led the successful recall of a California judge over his handling of a sexual assault case is now broadening her fight by targeting politicians.
Professor Michele Dauber on Monday announced a new political action committee, the Enough is Enough Voter Project.
It will target candidates for state legislature or Congress who have been accused of sexual misconduct or who the group believes have a poor voting record on issues related to sexual harassment and violence against women.
The PAC is raising money to target a handful of candidates in this year’s midterms, all Republicans.
Some of its targets this year say the PAC is being hypocritical by not going after any Democrats who have been accused of sexual misconduct.



Mother bear killed following attack on woman; cubs relocated
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says a mother black bear that attacked a woman has been killed and its three cubs have been moved to a remote area.
News outlets report the commission says the mother bear was euthanized for human safety, and the healthy cubs were old enough to live without their mother. The commission says 75-year-old Toni Rhegness was attacked last week while walking her dog near her Swannonoa home.
It says she saw the cubs and tried to scare them off by shouting. It says Rhegness was then attacked by the unseen mother bear and seriously wounded. Rhegness was treated and released that same day. Commission black bear biologist Colleen Olfenbuttel says a lack of food is driving bears into neighborhoods.



Police: College student shot, killed by security officer
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina college student was shot and killed by a security officer who said the shooting was in self-defense.
Durham police said in a news release Monday its officers were sent to the apartment complex on Sept. 18 in response to a report of a gunshot wound. When officers arrived, they found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
On Monday, police identified the victim as 23-year-old DeAndre Ballard, a New Bern native and student at North Carolina Central University.
News outlets report the security guard who shot Ballard works for the NC Detective Agency, which says it stands by his actions.
Durham police are conducting what they call a death investigation. No charges have been filed.



Body of missing swimmer from Ohio found off Duck
DUCK, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say the body of an Ohio man who disappeared last weekend while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean has been found.
The town of Duck said the body of 35-year-old Kyler Miles of Miamisburg, Ohio, was found around 4:12 a.m. Monday.
Last Saturday, Duck Surf Rescue, Duck Fire and Police and Dare County EMS units were dispatched in response to a call of a swimmer in distress at a beach access. Emergency personnel couldn’t find the swimmer and officials launched an air and water search.
Local emergency personnel provided aerial support to swimmers, and they were relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard before the search was suspended Saturday afternoon.



Advocacy groups begin campaign against all 6 referendums
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Election advocacy and civil rights groups banding together to oppose all six constitutional referendums on fall ballots hope educating voters will result in the amendments being defeated.
The North Carolina NAACP, Democracy North Carolina, ACLU of North Carolina and North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections held a Raleigh news conference Monday to unveil their “By The People” campaign.
The effort will include community events, grassroots organizing and paid advertising. The campaign says radio ads featuring state NAACP president Rev. T. Anthony Spearman had started airing.
A separate organization called “Stop Deceptive Amendments” already is running a TV ad.
The groups sound most angry about proposals that would alter how judicial vacancies and the state elections board are filled, require photo identification to vote and lower the income tax rate cap.



FBI joins search for boy missing from North Carolina park
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – The FBI has joined the search for a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a North Carolina park.
News outlets report authorities say no one has seen Maddox Ritch since he disappeared from Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia on Saturday. The Gaston Gazette reports the boy wandered off while walking around the lake with his family.
According to investigators, Maddox is autistic and is non-verbal.
More than two dozen agencies, including the FBI, are now involved in the search. Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said searchers are “checking every area, every trail, every corner.”
The park was closed to the public Sunday, and Helton asked people in a news release to stay away from the area unless they’re involved with the official search.



Ernst & Young faces 2nd sexual harassment complaint
NEW YORK (AP) – Ernst & Young has been slapped with a second sexual harassment complaint in less than year describing a culture of discrimination and lewd behavior toward women at the accounting firm.
Karen Ward, a former partner with EY, says her supervisor routinely commented her breasts, suggested she should accompany him to strip clubs and texted her at 2 a.m. while on a work trip asking her to meet him for drinks.
In a complaint filed Monday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ward says she faced retaliation after complaining to senior executives, including one who warned her to “be careful.” Ward was fired this month after five years with the company.
EY, a U.K.-based company with 260,000 employees worldwide, calls Ward’s claims “unfounded and baseless.”



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