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ELECTION 2020-US SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
Democrat Cal Cunningham enters North Carolina Senate race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former state senator tells The Associated Press he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.
Democrat Cal Cunningham had been campaigning for lieutenant governor in North Carolina, but he announced Monday he’s switching 2020 races. At least two other Democrats already are running for the seat, which would be a major pickup for Democrats trying to win back a Senate majority.
Cunningham previously ran for Senate in 2010, finishing second in the Democratic primary. His only elected office has been a single term in the state Senate, but the 45-year-old attorney and Iraq War veteran has remained well-connected in state Democratic politics.
Cunningham says he changed races because Washington politicians haven’t solved problems voters care about, including health care, college affordability and gun violence.
SHARK BITE-NORTH CAROLINA
Shark bites child in third North Carolina attack this season
(Information from: WECT-TV, http://www.wect.com/)
BALD HEAD ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say a shark bit an 8-year-old boy in what is now the third attack this season along the North Carolina coast.
News outlets report the boy was swimming in open water Sunday afternoon when a shark grabbed him by the leg, causing multiple bite wounds.
WECT reports the child was transported on a ferry to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The boy is the third person to be attacked by a shark in the state this month. Last week, a 19-year-old was bitten by a shark in Ocean Isle, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) down the same coastline from where a 17-year-old girl lost most of her leg to a shark attack at Fort Macon State Park earlier this month.
North Carolina officials warn of possible measles case
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Health officials warn that people who visited a coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, last week may have been exposed to measles.
The Durham County Public Health Department said Saturday that there was a “possible case” of measles at the Bean Traders coffee shop on June 10.
They say someone “may have been infectious” there during a small window of time, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. last Monday. It reports patrons are now safe to return to the coffee shop.
The department said those who could have been exposed should watch for symptoms until July 1.
WSOC reports that last Tuesday, a child with a possible case of measles was also reported at a North Carolina school.
There are currently no confirmed measles cases in the state.
MISSING GIRL FOUND-CHARGES
2 more suspects arrested in child abduction case
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Two women are charged with helping a relative who left Missouri with her daughter five years ago despite not having custody of the child.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says 23-year-old Julianna Pagano and 59-year-old Valerie Pagano, of Rocheport, are charged with obstructing/hindering law enforcement.
They are the sister and mother of 25-year-old Jillanne Pagano, who was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in Murphy, North Carolina. She is awaiting extradition to Missouri, where she was charged last year with felony child abduction.
Prosecutors say the child’s father was granted full custody of the girl in December 2016.
Julianna and Valerie Pagano were arrested late Friday. They were released after each paid a $5,000 bond. No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.
Burglary suspect caught, had machete wound inflicted by boy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police say a burglary suspect with a machete wound from a run-in with an 11-year-old boy has been caught, days after he slipped out of a hospital where he was being treated.
Sgt. Shane Brown of the Burlington Police Department said 19-year-old Jataveon Dashawn Hall was arrested Sunday in Burlington after a two-day manhunt.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Hall faces charges of breaking into a home to burglarize it. Authorities say the home invasion occurred Friday morning and that Hall was chased away by the 11-year-old, who struck him with a machete. The boy was home alone.
Hall later sought hospital treatment for head wounds but slipped away Friday evening, prompting questions about how closely he was guarded.
It wasn’t immediately known if Hall has an attorney.
ORDNANCE ON BEACH
Ordnance found on North Carolina beach, placed in garden
PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina beach town are warning people to be careful after a resident picked up military ordnance from the beach.
The Pine Knoll Shores Police Department issued a statement Friday about the unusual event on the island beach along the North Carolina coast.
Police say a resident found a strange object on the beach then took it home and put it in a flower garden.
The resident became concerned when the object began smoking. It was taken to a fire station and determined to be a phosphorous military ordnance device.
A U.S. Marine Corps unit came and safely disposed of the object. No one was injured.
North Carolina crash causes power outages
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Dozens were without power in a North Carolina city after a car crash took down power lines.
Greensboro Police issued a news release Sunday morning saying that the crash south of downtown had knocked down power lines. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were injuries.
The Duke Energy website indicated that dozens of customers were without power early Sunday afternoon.
Some stoplights were out, and police reminded people to treat them as four-way stops.
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Blue Ridge Parkway
BURNSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man driving a motorcycle on a scenic mountain parkway in North Carolina has died in a crash.
The National Park Service issued a news release Saturday saying the crash happened that afternoon near the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Rangers and rescue crews responded. Resuscitation efforts failed and the man died of his injuries. He was identified as 60-year-old Bryant Chandler of Columbia, South Carolina.
Investigators say he was driving South with other riders who were going to the state park for lunch. The crash happened after the motorcycle in front of him slowed for a right turn and Chandler ran into the bike, according to the news release.
Still, the news release describes the accident as a single-vehicle crash.