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OFFICER KILLS SUSPECT
North Carolina officer shoots, kills suspect during struggle
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say a Greenville officer responding to a report of a break-in shot and killed a suspect during a struggle.
News outlets report a resident called 911 and said they heard a loud crash at their home early Tuesday morning.
Greenville Police officers say they arrived and found the suspect in the street, who then reportedly ignored officers’ commands and a struggle ensued. An unidentified officer fired his weapon and the suspect died from a gunshot wound.
Outlets say the officer was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Under department policy, the state authorities will investigate the shooting.
CONFEDERATE FLAG WRISTBANDS
N Carolina worker ordered Confederate items for July 4th
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Independence Day revelers at a North Carolina county pool were given wristbands adorned with a Confederate flag, which the county says wasn’t recognized by the employee who placed the order.
Sage Magness tells The Winston-Salem Journal that she was visiting the Forsyth County pool over the Fourth of July weekend and was given a Confederate wristband. She later complained to the county.
Deputy county manager Damon Sanders-Pratt says the employee who ordered the wristbands to mark the holiday mistakenly thought they were patriotic, and didn’t understand what the “Stars and Bars” pattern symbolizes.
County parks and recreation officials said the wristbands were disposed of. Sanders-Pratt says the county has other wristbands to use at the pool.
MISSING GRANDMOTHER FOUND
Grandson finds missing grandmother alive in creek
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man found his grandmother, who’d been missing for almost five days, lying face down in a creek bed behind her apartment.
WSOTV reports 69-year-old Sandra Adams was found alive in the woods behind her Charlotte complex Monday by her grandson, Nate Cassel, and his friends.
Cassel said he decided to look for Adams after she was reported missing Friday when family members went to visit her at her apartment and she wasn’t there. Relatives say Adams was known to walk around her complex, but always returned.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Brian Nicholson says he received a call from Cassel about possibly finding her body in the creek, but when crews approached Adams she raised her arm up.
Adams told rescuers she’d been on a walk and fell.
ELECTION 2019-NORTH CAROLINA-3RD DISTRICT
Runoff voters to decide GOP nominee in race to succeed Jones
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A primary runoff for the special election in an eastern North Carolina congressional district will decide the Republican nominee in the race to succeed the late GOP Rep. Walter Jones Jr.
Voting precincts are opening Tuesday in 17 counties that compose the 3rd District. Voters are deciding between Joan Perry of Kinston and Greg Murphy of Greenville. Both are physicians. They were the top two vote-getters in the 17-candidate GOP primary in April.
The winner advances to face Democrat Allen Thomas and two other candidates in the September general election. Jones died in February after 24 years in Congress.
The GOP runoff has attracted well over $1 million in spending by Washington-based independent groups for or against the candidates. About 3.5% of eligible voters in the runoff cast ballots early.
Bill to expand Medicaid in NC surfacing in House committee
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – House Republican leaders say it’s time to debate Medicaid legislation originally designed to cover hundreds of thousands of low-income adults in North Carolina, even as Senate counterparts remain against expansion.
The House Health Committee scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss an expansion measure, which as initially written would place premium and work requirements upon recipients. Hospitals – not state taxes – would cover North Carolina’s financial share.
Speaker Tim Moore says expansion debate is happening now because many people have been asking about the idea. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants expansion and vetoed the budget bill because Republicans didn’t include it.
Senate leader Phil Berger said Monday he won’t negotiate a compromise budget with Cooper if a veto override fails unless Cooper stops demanding Medicaid expansion be included in talks.
PASSENGER JET-UNSCHEDULED LANDING
Delta jet makes unscheduled landing in North Carolina
MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials of Delta Air Lines say a jet bound for Baltimore from Atlanta made an unscheduled stop in North Carolina due to an apparent mechanical problem.
A statement from the carrier on Monday said the flight crew on Delta Flight 1425 elected to divert to Raleigh-Durham International Airport “out of an abundance of caution” after getting an indication of a potential issue with one of the aircraft’s engines. The MD-88 with 148 passengers on board landed safely at around 1 p.m.
No injuries were reported, and Delta says arrangements were made to get the passengers onto another aircraft.
House delays override vote on Cooper’s NC budget veto
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republicans leading the North Carolina House have delayed a vote to attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the GOP’s state budget bill.
The override vote scheduled for Monday evening was put off until at least Tuesday.
House Republicans had been counting heads leading to Monday’s session for enough Democratic support or absences. Minority Leader Darren Jackson said earlier Monday he was confident enough Democrats would uphold Cooper’s veto.
House Republicans likely need seven Democrats to vote for an override to be successful. The Senate also would have to agree to override.
Republican Speaker Tim Moore says the budget is a great plan that Cooper should have signed.
Jackson confirmed the governor has asked House and Senate leaders to meet with him Tuesday to discuss a Democratic counteroffer.
North Carolina absentee ballot changes get initial Senate OK
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New procedures for requesting and returning mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina would change in legislation that’s received initial state Senate approval. But some lawmakers want more alterations.
The Senate voted unanimously Monday for a measure generated in response to an investigation into last fall’s 9th Congressional District race. It led state election officials to order a new election this year.
The bill would eliminate a statewide absentee ballot request form and create new crimes or increase penalties for illegal ballot collection activities. Separately, the measure would restore early in-person voting on the final Saturday before the primary or election day.
Several floor amendments are scheduled to be considered on Tuesday before a final vote. One would restore a statewide request form, with new features designed to ensure ballot security.