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Schools face backlash for not reporting threats to parents

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tell as much as you can as soon as you can.

That’s the advice of safety experts when discussing what information about school threats to convey to parents and the rest of the community.

In districts around the country, schools have faced criticism for favoring privacy over informing the community.

Officials at a Catholic high school in South Carolina faced a backlash this summer from outraged parents when they found out a student had made videos threatening to shoot people and using a racial slur.

Cardinal Newman High School’s principal sent three letters to parents before finally apologizing for not sharing information sooner.

Some school districts are now sending letters home even if a threat isn’t specific or to warn what consequences children face if they make a threat.




Trump’s North Carolina rally to be a test for his clout, GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina will be more than just a measure of his clout in trying to elect a Republican to a key House seat.

His appearance Monday will be his first since a tough end of summer that saw slipping poll numbers, warning signs of an economic slowdown, and nonsensical battles over erroneous hurricane maps.

The special election Tuesday is considered a toss-up. A GOP defeat in a red-leaning state could portend trouble for Trump’s hopes for another term.

And the rally may also pose a different test: it will be held near where “Send her back” chants aimed at a foreign-born American congresswoman of color rattled the Republican Party and seemed to presage an ugly presidential campaign fought on race and division.




Access restricted to hard-hit Ocracoke Island after Dorian

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — While some parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are reopening to residents and visitors, access to Ocracoke Island remains restricted due to extensive damage from Hurricane Dorian.

Re-entry to Ocracoke was limited Sunday to emergency responders and other authorized personnel, including supply crews.

After devastating the Bahamas, Dorian made landfall Friday morning over the Outer Banks, and it swamped Ocracoke with floodwaters. Residents say the damage is the worst anyone alive has seen.

Donnie Shumate is the spokesman for Hyde County, which includes Ocracoke. He says crews are continuing to survey the “catastrophic” damage Sunday. There’s still no power.

Shumate says a staging area has been set up where residents can access things like food, water and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army was serving lunch and dinner at a community center.




Authorities seek suspects in fatal attack on NC family

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities are searching for suspects in the slaying of a North Carolina couple and their 5-year-old son.

Citing a Columbus County sheriff’s statement , news outlets report the three were killed in a targeted attack early Saturday. The sheriff’s office says deputies responded that morning to a report of gunshot victims at a home near Whiteville and found four wounded people. It says the fourth victim was hospitalized and expected to survive.

WWAY-TV reports authorities identified the dead as 5-year-old Alexis Cipiran Trujillo, 25-year-old Nancy Trujillo Espinoza and 29-year-old Leonel Cipiran Noyola. Reports identify the wounded person as Alexis’ grandmother, 51-year-old Rafaela Noyola Jaramillo.

Authorities say the suspects reportedly fled in a victim’s silver 2011 Ford Fusion, which has a state license plate that reads PFH-6923.




NWS chief backs forecasters who contradicted Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The head of the National Weather Service is defending forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States.

Director Louis Uccellini told a meteorology convention Monday that forecasters in Birmingham did the right thing when they tried to combat public panic and rumors that Dorian posed a threat to Alabama. Uccellini says it was only later that they found out the source of the mistaken information.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Weather Association in Huntsville, Alabama, Uccellini said Birmingham forecasters “did what any office would do” to protect the public.

Trump has defended his tweet about Alabama and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an unsigned statement critical of the Birmingham forecasters on Friday.




North Carolina man accused of stabbing wife, 3 children

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man accused of stabbing and severely injuring his wife and three children.

News outlets report 54-year-old Carl Barkley was arrested Monday morning. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office told news outlets they think Barkley stabbed his family members around 10 p.m. Sunday at a home in Raleigh before fleeing.

WRAL reports Barkley’s 53-year-old wife and three children aged 23, 22 and 16 were transported to a hospital where the 16-year-old and 22-year-old were listed in critical condition. The woman and the 23-year-old were stable.

Barkley is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury.




Suspect charged with strangling woman on NC State campus

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After an hourslong search, police at North Carolina State University have charged a suspect accused of strangling a woman on campus over the weekend.

University Police said in a news release they responded to an academic building’s parking lot around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after a domestic assault was reported. WRAL reports police searched through the night for the suspect, 35-year-old Montray J. McDuffie.

The outlet reports McDuffie was located off-campus in Raleigh and arrested early Monday morning. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by felon, assault by strangulation and carrying a gun on educational property.

Officials told WRAL the victim was transported to a hospital. It’s unclear if the victim is a student.




22-year-old swimmer drowns in Lake Norman

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a 22-year-old man who drowned in Lake Norman.

Allen Vang is an officer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which leads investigations into deaths on the state’s waterways.

He tells Charlotte media outlets the man drowned Saturday evening after he jumped from a boat and his life jacket slipped off. The man’s body was recovered around 11:30 Sunday.

Two people drowned in the same area of the lake last year.