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NC Democratic leader revives budget override vote complaints
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Democratic leader in the North Carolina House says it’s plainly clear Republican counterparts have misled him and the public on how an unexpected override vote on Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget bill veto came about.
House Minority Leader Darren Jackson told reporters on Monday he’s so convinced Speaker Tim Moore’s top lieutenant told him no votes would be taken the morning of Sept. 11 that he’s taken a lie detector test. Jackson called on Moore, Rules Chairman David Lewis and two others to do the same and offered to pay for the tests.
Moore responded with his own news conference later Monday, calling the test dare a “sideshow” and “silly games.”
Most House Republicans but only about 15 Democrats were in the chamber that morning when the override vote occurred.


Dorian-flooded NC school to get iPads for displaced students
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s top education official says the state will send hundreds of iPads to students and teachers on an island damaged by Hurricane Dorian.
North Carolina Public Schools said in a press release that Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday the department of public instruction would send 200 iPads to Ocracoke School, where flooding forced 185 students out of their building.
The department says it hopes the iPads will help students stay on schedule with schoolwork until their building can be reopened. Students are currently attending classes in a teaching center.
The release says the Sept. 6 hurricane flooded Ocracoke School with more than 3 feet (1 meter) of water.
Gov. Roy Cooper has asked President Donald Trump to declare the island a disaster area so federal funds can be accessed.


Ocracoke recovery to get North Carolina governor’s review
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – The barrier island that suffered the most damage from Hurricane Dorian in North Carolina is getting another visit from Gov. Roy Cooper.
Cooper’s office says he’ll examine recovery work on Ocracoke Island on Monday. He’ll be joined by Cabinet members and emergency management officials.
Dorian’s heavy rains and storm surge 2 1/2 weeks ago flooded Ocracoke, leaving hundreds of residents temporarily stranded. State agencies and nonprofits have provided food and water, fuel, medical care and portable toilets and showers. Ocracoke access is still limited to residents, homeowners and some others.
Cooper visited Ocracoke the day after Dorian departed the North Carolina coast.
Ocracoke is in Hyde County, one of 13 counties in which Cooper has asked President Donald Trump to declare as disaster areas to access additional federal funds.


2nd death in week reported at North Carolina beach
TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) – Police on the North Carolina coast are reporting a second apparent drowning within a week.
News sources report Topsail Beach Police Chief Samuel Gervase says rescuers pulled the man’s body out of New Topsail Inlet on Sunday.
Gervase identified the victim as 69-year-old Fernando Garcia Jr. of Angier. The chief said two witnesses saw the man walking along the beach on Topsail Island on Sunday, and later saw the man’s body floating in the inlet.
The witnesses flagged down a boat to help pull Garcia from the water. An emergency worker performed CPR on Garcia, but to no avail.
Last Wednesday, emergency personnel pulled the body of 62-year-old Jerry Thompson out of the ocean at Topsail Beach. Gervase said autopsies will determine the exact cause of death for both men.


NC man trying to stop car thief gets pinned between vehicles
NEBO, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s office in North Carolina says a store clerk trying to stop a thief from stealing his car has been seriously injured after the suspect pinned him between two vehicles.
The McDowell County Sheriff’s office says 37-year-old William Matthews spotted someone trying to get into his jeep outside of the convenience store he works at in Nebo, North Carolina, late last week. That’s when the office says Matthews jumped through a passenger side window and tried to stop the suspect. Instead, the suspect accelerated and slammed into a truck in the parking lot, pinning Matthews between his jeep and the truck’s tailgate.
Matthews was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
Deputies announced Friday they’d arrested an unidentified suspect.


Sheriff: North Carolina man shot to death with crossbow
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina are looking into the death of a man who they say was shot with a crossbow.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that deputies responding to a call on Sunday found a 58-year-old man lying in the yard of a mobile home with a stab wound in his side.
The news release says a 20-year-old man admitted to accidentally shooting the man with the crossbow, which was recovered from the scene along with a knife.
According to the sheriff’s office, the man is cooperating with investigators.


Pain management company files for bankruptcy amid legal woes
(Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – A pain management company that operated clinics across the Carolinas has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Oaktree Medical Centre submitted the filing last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The Greenville News reports that Oaktree operated 10 medical offices under the name Pain Management Associates. It shut down all of its operations last month, affecting about 23,000 patients and 380 employees.
The development comes as the company faces a series of lawsuits. Federal prosecutors in South Carolina sued Oaktree Medical Centre earlier this year, accusing the company of a series of elaborate fraud schemes that maximized profits at the expense of patients and taxpayers.


Progressive group to spend $50M boosting Sun Belt turnout
WASHINGTON (AP) – Many Democrats are focused on winning back several Rust Belt states that backed President Donald Trump in 2016. But a progressive group plans to spend $50 million making sure opportunities aren’t overlooked in the Sun Belt.
The group, Way to Win, wants to elect Democrats in Georgia, Arizona, and Texas. Florida, Virginia and North Carolina are also targets.
Way to Win aims to make inroads with people of color, women and young people who increasing make up the Democratic electorate.
Group leaders will outline their plans at a donor retreat in Arizona on Monday.
An advance copy of their blueprint provided to The Associated Press details an effort focused less on top-level races than building infrastructure that could help up and down the ballot – and for years to come.


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