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Trump leaning on issue of race to win a second term in 2020
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.
Every successful presidential campaign in the modern era has been built on the notion of addition, winning over voters beyond core supporters. Trump has chosen division on the belief that the polarized country he leads will simply choose sides over issues like race.
On Wednesday, he intensified his attacks, blasting four congresswomen of color during a North Carolina rally. The crowd responded by chanting, “Send her back!” echoing Trump’s weekend tweet in which he said the lawmakers – all American citizens – should “go back” to the country from which they came.
The president believes the strategy carries more benefits than risks.



The Latest: Trump complains at rally about 4 congresswomen
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump is going after four freshman Democratic lawmakers one by one after previously tweeting that they should “go back” to their home countries if they have complaints about the U.S., even though they are all American citizens.
At a rally Wednesday night in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump began by verbally attacking Rep. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota as the crowd chanted, “Send her back!” Omar came to the United States as a refugee from war-torn Somalia when she was a child.
Trump also mentioned Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Of Tlaib, he complained that she is “not somebody who loves our country” because she had referred to impeaching him using an expletive.
The president’s rhetoric on Wednesday echoed similar language he employed to rile up his base in 2016.



Police: Kids seeking candy trapped in store by sex offender
NEWPORT, N.C. (AP) – A sex offender working at a North Carolina convenience store is accused of locking children inside the shop and robbing them.
Newport police Chief Keith Lewis tells reporters that two children entered the shop near closing Sunday to buy candy and were trapped by 60-year-old Hector Sanchez, a registered sex offender from California. Lewis says Sanchez said he locked up because he was closing, but he then refused to let the kids leave.
He says the kids tried to buy candy with $20 that Sanchez pocketed. He says one of them called their mom, who alerted police.
The chief says Sanchez eventually released the children and was arrested on charges including kidnapping and failing to register as a sex offender in North Carolina. He says Sanchez admitted to the crimes.



North Carolina sheriff unveils new policy on police chases
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff has developed a new policy for handing police chases.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports the new policy from Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers bars deputies from engaging in pursuits involving simple, nonviolent misdemeanors such as shoplifting. A deputy could initiate a chase if a person is considered violent.
The change stems from a police chase in September 2017 that began with a report of a stolen car. A Guilford County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the car, which was traveling at an estimated 130 mph (209 kph) and ran a stop light. It crashed into another car and killed 29-year-old Alyssa Mackenzie Bolick and 32-year-old Stephanie Louise Warshauer, as well as three people inside the fleeing car.



Asheville works on plan to develop Thomas Wolfe cabin site
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina mountain city is asking for the public’s help as it works on a plan to incorporate a famous author’s cabin into its park system.
Asheville announced that it will be having two public planning sessions on Aug. 1 to discuss how to develop the property once used by Thomas Wolfe into an attraction for tourists and residents. Wolfe is known for books including “Look Homeward, Angel.”
The city says Wolfe lived and worked in the cabin in 1937. It acquired the property in 2001 and has worked over the years to stabilize it.
The city says it’s working with an outside design team but hasn’t finalized plans or allocated funding. The approximately 39-acre (15.8-hectare) property is east of downtown near the Blue Ridge Parkway.



Prosecutor: Dealer called ‘Cookie Man’ sentenced to 10 years
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina drug dealer known as the “Cookie Man” has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said Wednesday that a federal judge sentenced Jeffrey Bernard Moore on charges including conspiracy and cocaine distribution. Moore pleaded guilty last year.
Prosecutors said in a news release that Moore was among several defendants arrested in an investigation focusing on the trafficking of cocaine in Wilson County. They say the conspiracy involving Moore dated back to at least 2013.
The news release says law enforcement purchased drugs from Moore at his home and other places as part of the probe.
Defense attorney Mitch Styers declined comment in an email Wednesday.



North Carolina justice critiques colleagues in speech
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Supreme Court’s only registered Republican called out the remaining six Democratic justices in a speech that marked an unusual open critique of the state’s highest court from within.
In a campaign address last weekend to Republicans, Associate Justice Paul Newby compared his Democratic colleagues to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She symbolizes to GOP activists the Democratic Party’s leftward shift.
WRAL-TV reported on the comments after receiving a recording. Newby political consultant Paul Shumaker told the station the justice was simply giving “an example of ideological differences,” without a direct reference to anyone.
Democrats took the court’s majority following the 2016 elections. Newby is running next year for the chief justice’s seat currently held by Cheri Beasley. That means his current seat is also up for election.



Cooper: Real people need to be heard in Medicaid debate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says Republican legislators need to hear stories of real people unable to obtain affordable health insurance and struggling with illness so they understand the need to expand Medicaid.
Cooper talked with several people around a table on Wednesday in Raleigh. Many said they work but fall in the gap between qualifying for traditional Medicaid and getting insurance price breaks through the federal exchange. Cooper has been holding meetings around the state as he tries to persuade legislators to approve expansion in this year’s budget stalemate.
Adrienne Hayes Singleton of Wilmington is a day care worker and mother of four. She told Cooper her home suffers if she doesn’t stay on top of her health, but it’s hard when medical bills can reach thousands of dollars.