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NC government reports third death related to Dorian

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government is reporting another storm-related death related to Hurricane Dorian — bringing the number to three.

In a report relayed through Gov. Roy Cooper, the State Medical Examiner’s Office said that an unidentified 54-year-old man died Saturday from injuries sustained in a chain saw accident as he tried to remove a tree in New Hanover County.

Other deaths included a Pamlico County man who collapsed Friday and a Columbus County man who fell from a ladder while preparing for the storm a week ago.

The recovery from Dorian continued Monday, with an ongoing focus upon Ocracoke Island. There were roughly 2,500 power outages late Monday at the coast. Cooper participated in a storm briefing with President Trump as he visited eastern North Carolina on Monday.





The Latest: Trump calls NC vote 1st step to removing Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging North Carolina voters to “take the first steps” toward removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and “winning the back the House in 2020.”

Trump is in Fayetteville campaigning on behalf of Republican Dan Bishop in a closely watched special election that takes place Tuesday. Bishop is running against Democrat Dan McCready for a House seat.

Trump is trying to fire up GOP voters by trashing Democrats. He says a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is “a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream.”

He says he offers “the only positive vision for the people of North Carolina.”

He says, “Our first task is a giant victory tomorrow.”





NC chief justice announces new parental leave for attorneys

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s chief justice will be announcing new rules for attorneys that quadruple the amount of time they can take off from court appearances after the birth or adoption of a child.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will provide details of the change Tuesday. But online changes made to rules for attorney appearances in appellate, Superior and District courts show that attorneys will be able to take 12 weeks off within 24 weeks of the birth or adoption. The change is in addition to the three weeks of leave attorneys can already take.

Under the rule, attorneys will tell the courts when they’re unavailable so that their cases aren’t scheduled.

The change comes after a meeting in February between various legal groups and the chief justice’s professionalism commission.





NC transportation officials to discuss US Highway 421

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina transportation officials may make an announcement about U.S. Highway 421, which washed out almost a year ago under Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains.

The state Transportation Department says in a news release that officials also will discuss lessons learned from extreme storms during the news conference Tuesday in Wilmington.

Florence caused historic flooding when it struck North Carolina in September 2018 and turned Wilmington into an island, inaccessible at times by road.

Officials will also provide an update on Hurricane Dorian, which flooded the southern and northern Outer Banks when its eye made landfall on Friday.





Warrant: 53 guns, ammo seized from N Carolina murder scene

(Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A search warrant shows that investigators found 53 rifles, shotguns, revolvers and handguns, as well as multiple rounds of ammunition at the home where a man was shot to death.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Teresa Mosser turned herself into authorities last Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of her husband, James Mosser.

The warrant released Monday says an investigator reported finding seven assault rifles and four rifles with mounted scopes among the firearms taken from the mobile home in Cedar Grove. Investigators also seized firearms accessories, including holsters and ammunition bags, boxes and belts containing a variety of rounds.

Teresa Mosser is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 23.





As stalemate goes on, Republicans keep to mini-budget tactic

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators are continuing to advance chunks of a spending plan vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper that they believe can win bipartisan support.

The House and Senate appropriations committees planned meetings on Tuesday to discuss “mini-budget” legislation.

The legislation addresses school and prison safety and earmarks more disaster relief funds and funding to test old sexual assault evidence kits held by law enforcement. All were contained in the budget that’s been sidelined during the impasse.

Cooper last month signed four state employee and law enforcement pay measures approved unanimously by the GOP-controlled General Assembly. But he vetoed another one addressing the state’s long-planned shift to managed care for Medicaid. He wants to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults.





Court: Woman had taken out restraining orders before death

HURDLE MILLS, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina court documents show that a woman found dead outside her northern Orange County home had taken out restraining orders against two men.

News outlets report 46-year-old Anne H. Kirkpatrick sought the first restraining order on July 19 against a man she had dated or was dating. That was followed by a second restraining order against another man identified as her husband nearly one week later. Court documents indicate Kirkpatrick said the second man threatened her.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lives nearby found Kirkpatrick’s body in front of her home on Sunday. Authorities aren’t releasing details on how she died. The sheriff’s office is investigating the case as a homicide.





Poor People’s Campaign to register voters on 20-state tour

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People’s Campaign will begin touring more than 20 states later this month to help residents of disenfranchised communities register to vote.

The co-chair of the campaign said Monday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., that the tour begins Sept. 16 in El Paso, Texas, and will culminate on June 20 with an assembly in Washington.

Campaign director the Rev. William Barber says the tour is called MORE: Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, Educating. It will build on a multistate anti-poverty tour that began in February and ended with the People’s Moral Action Congress in Washington.

The original Poor People’s Campaign was established by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in December 1967, four months before he was assassinated.