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N Carolina special election tests Trump, 2020 GOP prospects

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Republicans are hoping an eleventh-hour pep talk from President Donald Trump will help them win Tuesday’s special congressional election in North Carolina. The race could shed light on Republicans’ chances of retaking the U.S. House and Trump’s reelection prospects in 2020.

At a rally in Fayetteville on Monday night, Trump campaigned for conservative state Sen. Dan Bishop. Opposing Bishop is moderate Democrat Dan McCready, a former Marine who narrowly trailed in an election for the seat last year that was invalidated after evidence of election fraud surfaced.

Trump carried the district by 11 points in 2016. Both sides see the race as too close to call.

More than half the district’s votes likely will come from Charlotte’s suburbs. When Democrats retook the House in 2018, many of their pickups were in suburbs.





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.”





Sheriff: Suspects in fatal NC attack switched stolen cars

(Information from: WECT-TV, http://www.wect.com/)

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say suspects in the targeted killing of a North Carolina family have dumped a stolen getaway car and are now believed to be traveling in another stolen vehicle.

A Columbus County sheriff’s statement says deputies responded Monday to a report of a Chevrolet Silverado near Whiteville stolen by suspects whose description matches the suspects in Saturday’s attack.

The sheriff’s office said gunmen killed a couple and their 5-year-old son and wounded the boy’s grandmother Saturday morning before fleeing in a victim’s car. That car was abandoned near where the Silverado was stolen.





SC couple finds Civil War cannonballs washed up by Dorian

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A couple combing a South Carolina beach after Hurricane Dorian thought they’d discovered a large rock, but soon realized they’d stumbled upon two Civil War-era cannonballs lodged in the sand.

Aaron Lattin told news outlets that he and his girlfriend encountered the 150-year-old relics on the edge of Folly Beach, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Charleston, Friday night.

Folly Beach Police Chief Andrew Gilreath confirmed to news outlets the couple had found an 8-inch (203-millimeter) cannonball and a smaller 3-inch (76-millimeter) shell that’d been uncovered by the storm that swept up the coast last week. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal experts inspected the artifacts and deemed them safe.

Following 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, 16 cannonballs washed up at the same beach.





North Carolina authorities arrest sex offender at state fair

(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina arrested a convicted sex offender after he showed up at the Mountain State Fair.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports police arrested 38-year-old James Allen Rice Jr. Saturday for being on the premises of the state fair, where many children were present. Laws prohibit registered sex offenders from locations frequented by children.

Rice’s criminal record shows he was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in 2001, when he was 20 and the child was under 15, and convicted thereafter of violating his probation by failing to register as a sex offender. He also was labeled a habitual felon. His record shows he was convicted as a teenager of assault, breaking and entering, and theft.

Rice was released from jail pending a hearing.





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 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.





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.