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Trump disavows ‘send her back’ cry, Omar stands defiant
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene.
In a week that has been full of hostile exchanges over race and love of country on both sides, Trump also claimed he had tried to stop the chant at a reelection event Wednesday night in North Carolina – though video suggests otherwise.
The target- Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – responded defiantly Thursday. She told reporters at the Capitol the confrontation is a fight over “what this country truly should be.”
Autopsy shows NC officer with camera off shot man 8 times
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Autopsy reports show a man killed by North Carolina Police was shot eight times in a confrontation where police say he wielded a knife.
Autopsy results obtained by news outlets Thursday report 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad was shot eight times to multiple body parts. Tests showed no drugs or alcohol in his system.
Raleigh police say Senior Officer W.B. Edwards was responding to a possible theft outside a gas station in April when he shot and killed Mojarrad. A police investigation accused Mojarrad of approaching Edwards with a knife and refusing commands to drop it.
The shooting drew scrutiny after it was revealed Edwards’ body-worn camera wasn’t activated and his vehicle camera was pointed away. Raleigh police later updated its policy to mandate cameras be turned on immediately.
BILTMORE-FOREIGN WORKER VIOLATIONS
Feds: Biltmore Estate in North Carolina violated labor laws
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities have fined the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina for hiring a non-United States citizen over a qualified applicant from the U.S.
The Ashville Citizen Times reported Thursday that the estate that owns the massive, gilded-age mansion in western North Carolina violated federal labor laws.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Biltmore paid nearly $7,000 in back wages to an applicant for a cook position. The estate also spent more than $24,000 on a civil penalty.
Estate spokeswoman LeeAnn Donnelly said the hiring decision was the result of a “miscommunication” and that Biltmore “did not fully understand” the local applicant’s desire for the entry-level cook position.
The 8,000-acre (3,200-hectare) estate and mansion usually employees some 2,400 workers, depending on the season, and draws more than a million visitors a year.
HOMELESS HEAT SHELTERS
NC county’s homeless left in high heat despite health risks
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina county hasn’t opened a summer cooling center since 2012 despite high temperatures that have reached 100 degrees.
Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio tells The Charlotte Observer that there just hasn’t been a need, but the city’s homeless residents say otherwise. James Morgan says he’s suffered three heat strokes since he’s been homeless. His friend, Kenney Walker, says he peruses grocery stores to escape the heat, but he can only do that for so long.
The Department of Homeland Security says a 2- to 3-day streak of 90-degree temperatures means people should find air conditioned areas to avoid heat exhaustion and stroke. Charlotte averages over two weeks of above 90-degree weather in July. Other localities across the U.S. offer snacks, water and nurses in addition to cooling centers.
DUKE ENERGY-COAL ASH
Duke Energy sued for 2014 coal ash spill environmental harm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The federal, North Carolina and Virginia governments want a judge to declare the country’s largest electricity company liable for environmental damage from a leak five years ago that left miles of a river shared by the two states coated in hazardous coal ash.
Government lawyers on Thursday sought to have Charlotte-based Duke Energy declared responsible for harming fish, birds, amphibians and the bottom of the Dan River. Lawyers say high levels of hazardous substances like arsenic and selenium poured into the river.
A settlement also filed with the court for public review indicates the restoration work is close to wrapping up. Duke Energy says three years of testing until 2017 found no long-term effects to the waterway.
The company pleaded guilty to environmental crimes in 2015 and paid $102 million.
The Latest: Omar says she won’t stop criticizing Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) – Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar says she isn’t backing down in her criticism of President Donald Trump.
The freshman Democrat says she’s going to “continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us.”
A defiant Omar spoke to a crowd of supporters who greeted her at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday night as she returned from Washington. The Somali-American has been targeted this week by President Donald Trump who has questioned her patriotism. On Wednesday, Trump’s supporters chanted “Send her back” at a rally in North Carolina. Omar arrived in the U.S. as a child when her family fled violence.
Omar’s supporters held signs saying “End racism now” and “I stand with Ilhan.” She told them she was not deterred: “We are not frightened. We are ready.”
MISSING HISTORICAL MARKERS
2 North Carolina ‘History on a stick’ signs found
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An agency in charge of North Carolina historical markers says two of five markers recently reported missing have been recovered.
More than 1,600 of the markers known as “history on a stick” stand along state roads, telling the stories of people and places that shaped the past.
North Carolina Highway Historical Markers says the two signs on Harkers Island were found thanks to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and rangers from the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The agency said the markers had been blown over during Hurricane Florence and were put away for safe keeping by the National Park Service.
The markers that typically contain about 30 words are popular with the public. The program began in 1936.
ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump claims he was ‘not happy’ with chant
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump says he “was not happy” when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted “send her back” in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Trump is claiming that he thought he ended the chant at the rally, saying “‘I felt badly about it.” But video shows him pausing his remarks and not admonishing his supporters.
He adds he “would certainly try” to stop the chant should it return.
Trump said this weekend that Omar and other progressive Democratic lawmakers of color should leave the country and “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” over their criticism of his administration. The racist message sparked days of controversy, as the president sought to make the progressive lawmakers the face of their party.