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ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST
The Latest: North Carolina Congress race still very close
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina congressional race remains too close to call even after all precincts reported their totals.
Election numbers show Republican Mark Harris narrowly ahead of Democrat Dan McCready in the south-central 9th District. The unofficial results have Harris with a lead of about 1,850 votes from almost 280,000 ballots cast in the race. Absentee ballots will continue to trickle in this week.
The current margin between Harris and McCready means McCready could seek a recount.
Republicans have held the 9th District seat since the early 1960s. Harris is a Baptist minister who upset Rep. Robert Pittenger in the May GOP primary. McCready is an Iraq War veteran and solar energy investment firm owner whose campaign outraised Harris.
Teen arrested in N Carolina stabbing over vaping device
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a 15-year-old boy is in custody in connection to a stabbing attack over who owned a vaping device.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Kill Devil Hills police officers responding to the scene Friday found a 19-year-old man suffering multiple stab wounds. He had life-threatening wounds and was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition is unclear.
A police release says officers are seeking a juvenile petition against the 15-year-old boy. It says a juvenile petition is required for suspects younger than 16. The teen is being held at a juvenile detention center in Greenville.
Police say alcohol was involved.
ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS-NORTH CAROLINA
Officials: Ballot troubles at some North Carolina polls
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say high humidity is to blame after receiving reports that ballots in some precincts can’t be fed through tabulators, but they stress that all ballots will be counted.
The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said in a news release Tuesday that it received reports that ballots can’t be fed through tabulators in some precincts in Wake County and elsewhere. Officials say such ballots are stored securely in “emergency bins” and will be tabulated as soon as possible.
Officials also announced the state board will meet Tuesday afternoon to consider the Columbus County Board of Elections’ request to extend voting hours at a precinct where workers didn’t have the correct ballot when polls opened.
UNC-Chapel Hill to resume classes 2 days after water issues
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say classes will resume Wednesday, two days after a water main break forced a cancellation.
An announcement on the school’s news webpage said the campus would resume normal operations at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with classes beginning at 8 a.m. the next day. A boil water advisory remains in effect for the campus and surrounding areas.
UNC Medical Center temporarily suspended elective surgeries. The local school system dismissed students early.
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority says a main water line leaving a plant broke, draining its storage.
In February 2017, a water main break led UNC officials to cancel classes and forced restaurants and hotels to close. A men’s basketball game had to be moved from Chapel Hill to Greensboro.
Man killed at a Walmart in N. Carolina, suspect in custody
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a man has been killed at a shooting in a Walmart and a suspect is in custody.
News outlets report Huntersville police say the shooting happened Monday afternoon. Police Chief Cleveland Spruill says a man was shot and killed near the produce section of the store. He says it’s too early in the investigation to say how the suspect and victim were connected.
Spruill says an on-duty officer was in the store and responded upon hearing gunfire. Other officers and a SWAT team training nearby then arrived.
Authorities haven’t released the names of the victim and suspect yet. Walmart released a statement about the attack, thanking police for a quick response that ended in an arrest.
Manhole with history of spills suffered another one
HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) – A manhole with a history of sewage spills in North Carolina has suffered another one.
Officials in Havelock told news outlets nearly 52,000 gallons of sewage escaped from the manhole on Oakwood Drive Monday and seeped into Caps Branch, which flows into Slocum Creek and on the Neuse River Basin.
WITN-TV in Greenville reports officials say there have been 11 spills from the same manhole since 2015, including a 200,000-gallon spill.
The state Department of Environmental Quality has fined Havelock for past spills and has been notified of the latest one.
City officials said in May that they’ve spent more than $700,000 on repair work on the sewer line.
Chicken-and-biscuit chain Bojangles’ sold to New York firms
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuit chain has been sold to a pair of New York firms.
Bojangles’, which is headquartered in Charlotte, announced on its webpage Tuesday that it has agreed to be purchased in an all-cash deal by Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company, L.P.
The deal, subject to shareholder approval, is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. Bojangles’ said in a statement that when the deal closes, it will remain as an independent, privately-held company and keep its Charlotte headquarters.
The Charlotte Observer reported Bojangles’, which started in Charlotte in 1977, has been beset with a number of challenges since going public in 2015. This summer, Bojangles’ said its quarterly profit fell more than 71 percent.
Death related to hepatitis A outbreak is confirmed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A.
According to a news release, the death happened in October. News outlets reported Tuesday that additional details about the case are not being released.
Hepatitis A is a contagious and vaccine-preventable liver infection that can range from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. It’s usually transmitted through water or food that has been contaminated by small, undetectable amounts of feces from a contagious person.
An average of 41 cases of hepatitis A were reported each year in North Carolina from 2013-2017, and a total of 64 cases have already been reported this year as of the end of October.