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The Latest: NC officials worried about storm surge, flooding

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina emergency officials remain worried about storm surge and flash flooding from Hurricane Dorian as it churns up the Atlantic coast. But preliminary damage reports from where the hurricane has departed are better than feared.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday there’s “significant concern about hundreds of people trapped” on Ocracoke Island, located south of Cape Hatteras and accessible only by boat or plane. He says waters are rising there and rescue crews are ready to go when the storm clears.

Cooper says reports of the storm’s aftermath south toward Wilmington are better than anticipated, but warned Dorian is still raging at the Outer Banks and in northern counties.

More than 4,500 people spent the night in nearly 80 shelters statewide.




North Carolina crime victims, testing bills signed by Cooper

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New laws in North Carolina will scale back the number of standardized tests that public school students take and lay out expanded rights for crime victims following a recent change to the state constitution.

Also among the half-dozen bills that Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Thursday that he signed is one directing the State Lottery Commission to study the feasibility of state-regulated sports and steeplechase betting.

The crime victims’ law brings detail to the constitutional amendment approved by voters last fall that amplified constitutional language initially approved in the 1990s. The measure explains which additional crimes trigger those rights and the process by which a victim can assert them.

The testing legislation approved by the General Assembly ends over 20 end-of-course exams covering mostly high school subjects next school year.




Lawsuit: Airline accused white man of trafficking black son

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A white North Carolina man says Frontier Airlines staff falsely accused him of sex trafficking his 12-year-old adopted son, who is black.

News outlets report 55-year-old widower Peter DelVecchia is suing the airline and several workers. The lawsuit says DelVecchia and his son were flying to Las Vegas in March when he was hit by a crew member who accused him of trafficking the boy, who was moved to another seat.

It says workers denied the boy’s requests to return to his seat, refusing to believe they were family. It says one worker also inappropriately touched the child. DelVecchia’s suing for discrimination and false imprisonment.

Frontier sought to dismiss some claims last week, saying DelVecchia wasn’t denied services based on discrimination as it fulfilled its obligation to transport the family.




NC woman gets murder charge in spouse ‘self-defense’ killing

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a woman who said she shot her husband in self-defense has surrendered on a murder charge after a lengthy investigation.

News outlets report Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Teresa Mosser’s home in April 2018 after she reported she’d shot at her husband, but didn’t know if she’d struck him. She told deputies she was acting in self-defense.

A news release says it wasn’t the first time deputies responded to a domestic situation at her home. They were called to a verbal situation there the month before the shooting.

Nearly a year and a half later, and after what the sheriff’s office called “an extensive investigation,” the office issued an arrest warrant Wednesday.

Mosser surrendered Thursday. She has a Sept. 23 court date.




Muslim civil rights group to hold meetings in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials with the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organizations will speak at a town hall meeting in North Carolina about its work to protect civil liberties.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold the meeting Friday in Raleigh. Speakers include the organization’s executive director, its national litigation director and its advocacy director.

CAIR will hold a Know Your Rights workshop at the Islamic Academy in Greensboro on Saturday. Litigation director Lena Masri will discuss rights at work and school and in encounters with law enforcement. Materials will be available in Arabic, English, Farsi and other languages.




Tennessee sending nurses, emergency staff to help Carolinas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State of Tennessee is sending emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas to support the response to Hurricane Dorian.

According to a new release, a five-person incident management team was scheduled to travel to Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday. That team will assist local and state logistics and response efforts. It includes four staff members from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and one county level emergency manager.

The previous day, Tennessee sent a 30-person team to Raleigh, North Carolina. It includes 25 nurses from the Department of Health. Five emergency response coordinators will provide logistical and communication support.

These teams join another 129 ambulance, swift-water rescue, and emergency management personnel who are already deployed from Tennessee.




Part of Blue Ridge Parkway closed after fatal Virginia crash

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Officials with the Blue Ridge Parkway say a 15-mile section is closed after a head-on collision killed a Virginia man.

News outlets report rangers were called on Labor Day about a head-on collision near milepost 132 near Roanoke, Virginia. According to officials, the caller reported that one vehicle left the road and went down an embankment while the second vehicle was on fire on the road.

Rangers said local rescue crews arrived to find 44-year-old Ian Mills of Roanoke dead from injuries sustained in the crash. The other occupants in both vehicles suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

The road remains closed between Milepost 121 to 136 as crews assess road damage that occurred as a result of the automobile fire. The accident is under investigation.