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NC elections board moves to change voting machine rules
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – With time running out for North Carolina to certify new voting machines ahead of upcoming elections, the state elections board has voted to change rules that govern what equipment can be used.
WRAL reports Monday’s vote delayed the certification of new machines for a third time. The proposed changes are prompted by security concerns, and would require voting machines to produce “human-readable marks on a paper ballot” for tabulation.
About a third of North Carolina uses touch-screen voting machines that were set to be decertified by the end of the year, but this vote could delay that. The front-runner for the state’s new machines would be out of compliance, as they produce a barcode with voters’ choices.
The board meets in August to formalize the changes.
GUN SHOP-HORSEMEN CONGRESSWOMEN
Gun shop buys ‘4 Horsemen’ billboard insulting congresswomen
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
MURPHY, N.C. (AP) – A new billboard in North Carolina shows four minority congresswomen smiling down on the small town of Murphy, their faces at odds with the apocalyptic phrase slapped above them: The 4 Horsemen Cometh.
The billboard funded by a local gun shop then shows a red line striking out the last word, editing the phrase to instead say “The 4 Horsemen are Idiots.” The Charlotte Observer reports the billboard by Cherokee Guns targets the same congresswomen who President Donald Trump recently told to return to the “crime infested places from which they came.”
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib are all U.S. citizens, and only one emigrated from another country. The sign is signed “the Deplorables,” and has sparked sharp reactions online, both supportive and appalled.
CRIME TIPS APP
North Carolina city gets phone app for crime-solving tips
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – One of North Carolina’s biggest cities is launching a mobile phone app to make it easier for people to submit photos and videos along with anonymous crime-solving tips.
The Greensboro Police Department announced Monday that Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers is adding the phone app to its other means of receiving tips. The other ways include phone calls, text messages and the Internet.
The new phone app will still allow tipsters to remain anonymous and will use encryption to protect the identities of people submitting information.
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit group that works closely with the authorities. Its tips have helped authorities in Guilford County clear nearly 9,000 cases since 1981.
NEW STATE PARK
N Carolina mountains get new state park, 3 new state trails
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina now has a new state park and three new state trails.
Earlier this month, Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill adding Pisgah View State Park in Buncombe and Haywood counties to North Carolina’s state parks. He also signed bills adding three state trails: Northern Peaks State Trail in Watauga and Ashe counties; the Wilderness Gateway State Trail in the South Mountains range in McDowell, Rutherford, Burke and Catawba counties; and the Overmountain Victory State Trail, which stretches across nine counties.
The Division of Parks and Recreation will also conduct a feasibility study that will further refine a corridor for the new Wilderness Gateway State Trail in Burke and Catawba counties.
The division will report to legislators by Dec. 1.
6-year-old drowns in pool at home on North Carolina coast
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 6-year-old boy from Pennsylvania has drowned in a swimming pool at a home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
According to Nags Head police, emergency responders went to a home on South Virginia Dare Trail at around 5:25 p.m. on Sunday. A statement from police says family members performed CPR on the boy after he was found unresponsive in the pool, but he was pronounced dead at Outer Banks Hospital.
A news release says the incident is under investigation. Police have not released any identities.
PINK LADY BANDIT
FBI: 2 suspects arrested in ‘Pink Lady Bandit’ robberies
HAMLET, N.C. (AP) – The FBI says two suspects have been arrested in what’s been dubbed the “Pink Lady Bandit” bank robberies along the East Coast.
An FBI news release says 36-year-old Circe Baez and 38-year-old Alexis Morales were arrested Sunday at a Charlotte, North Carolina, hotel. Investigators believe Baez robbed four banks and Morales was an accomplice.
The robberies began July 20 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, followed by another on July 23 in Delaware. The next day the suspect hit a small town in North Carolina. The latest robbery was Friday also in North Carolina.
Authorities nicknamed the primary suspect the “Pink Lady Bandit” because she carried a pink handbag in two of the robberies.
Both suspects are being charged with the two robberies in North Carolina. They may face additional charges.
AIRPORT PARKING LOT-VANDALISM
Officials: More than 20 cars vandalized in airport lot
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Officials at a North Carolina airport say more than 20 cars have been vandalized in the long-term parking lot.
A statement from Piedmont Triad International Airport on Monday says the vandalism occurred early Sunday in the first five rows of the south long-term parking lot across the street from the Marriott hotel.
The statement says some of the cars involved had windows broken, while others were spray painted. The damage was discovered by an airport employee, and airport and Greensboro police are investigating.
According to the statement, notes have been left on the vehicles to let owners know how to contact airport employees who will assist them in getting home from the airport and getting their automobiles to body shops to be repaired.
GRAIN BIN-MAN TRAPPED
Official: Searchers locate body of man trapped in grain bin
CRESWELL, N.C. (AP) – An official in North Carolina says searchers have located the body of a man who was trapped in a grain bin.
WITN reports Washington County Manager Curtis Potter said the body of 50-year-old Elith Sosa was pulled from a grain bin late Monday afternoon.
Potter said Sosa was an employee at Lake Phelps Grain Inc. in Creswell. He became trapped around 9:30 Monday morning.
Potter said four teams of three took turns emptying the bin, which was filled with corn. He said Sosa’s body was located around 3:45 p.m., more than six hours after he had been reported missing.
Creswell is 148 miles (238 kilometers) east of Raleigh.