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North Carolina hospital reports state’s 1st vaping death
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina hospital is reporting the state’s first death linked to vaping.
Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro says the death occurred on Wednesday, but spokesman Doug Allred couldn’t provide any additional details on Thursday. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says it’s investigating.
Allred says the hospital has had eight cases of vaping-related illness since August, including the unidentified person who died.
Last week, Cone Health confirmed it had treated at least six patients with a severe lung illness associated with electronic-cigarette use.
Dr. Murali Ramaswamy, director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Program for LeBauer Health Care at Cone Health, said that in most cases, patients told doctors they had used THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s mind-altering effects, in the vaping devices.


The Latest: Ex-staffer: NAACP action is ‘bittersweet’
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The former employee of the North Carolina NAACP who says her supervisor sexually harassed her says the man’s suspension from the civil rights organization is “a bittersweet victory.”
In a text message to The Associated Press issued through her attorney, Jazmyne Childs said Thursday that “she waited in agony for two years” for the suspension of the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, whom she identified at a news conference Wednesday as the supervisor who harassed her.
Childs says Gatewood must be expelled and the national NAACP must develop a sexual harassment policy.
Earlier Thursday, NAACP President Derrick Johnson said he suspended Gatewood’s membership. Gatewood has denied the allegations and says he’ll seek a hearing on his suspension.
The suspension means Gatewood can’t run for president of the North Carolina NAACP. The election is scheduled for Oct. 5.


Poor People’s Campaign returns to its North Carolina roots
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The Poor People’s Campaign is returning to North Carolina, where leaders will hear stories from people who have experienced police violence.
The campaign is bringing its 25-state “We Must Do MORE” tour to Greenville Friday. MORE is an acronym for mobilizing, organizing, registering and education.
A discussion of poverty and police issues will be held Friday at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center. On Saturday, campaign organizers will canvass neighborhoods to hear from low-wealth people and register people to vote.
On Saturday evening, the film “Amazing Grace” will be shown at Philippi Church of Christ. The documentary presents the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s album, “Amazing Grace.”
One of the leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign is the Rev. William Barber, who began the “Moral Monday” movement In North Carolina.


Sheriff: NC woman called 911 on herself, admitted to killing
WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a woman called 911 to report that she had beaten a disabled man with a baseball bat and thought he might be dead.
News outlets report 39-year-old Tabatha Renee Triplett has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of 47-year-old John Paul Robinson. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responding to the Wednesday 911 call found Robinson dead from apparent blunt force trauma. An incident report says he had been hit in the head.
The sheriff’s office says the beating was related to a domestic dispute. The state Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff’s office in the investigation.


Deputies kill man barricaded inside North Carolina home
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says deputies have shot and killed a man who they say evaded an attempted traffic stop, barricaded himself inside his home and fired at law enforcement officers.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that an unidentified motorist suspected of drunken driving refused to stop for a Highway Patrol trooper, displayed a weapon to the trooper and then went inside his home on Wednesday.
Investigators say that after negotiations failed to end the standoff peacefully Wednesday evening, the man fired at officers, who returned fire and killed him.
The sheriff’s office has not released the man’s name.
The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave until the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation looks into the shooting.


Woman killed in wrong-way crash on North Carolina interstate
HOLLY GROVE, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a woman was killed when she drove north on the southbound lanes of Interstate 85, hitting a tractor-trailer and colliding with a second car.
The patrol tells news outlets that the unidentified woman was driving on I-85 in Davidson County on Thursday morning when her car clipped the rear of the tractor-trailer and took off an axle. The woman’s car then collided head-on with another car, partially ejecting her from her vehicle and knocking the engine out of her car.
The drivers in the tractor-trailer and second car suffered minor injuries.
Authorities say Thomasville Police deployed stop sticks near the exit at mile marker 96, but were unsuccessful in stopping the wrong-way vehicle.


Nearly half of North Carolina counties in moderate drought
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials say nearly half of North Carolina’s counties are experiencing a moderate drought due to lack of rainfall.
Klaus Albertin is chairman of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council . He said in a news release issued by the Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday that water supplies, agriculture, fire threat and streamflows statewide are beginning to reflect the lack of precipitation.
Forty-five counties in the western and central parts of the state are in moderate drought stage, the least detrimental of four categories used in federal drought maps.
Twenty-two counties are experiencing abnormally dry conditions, which means a drought could emerge without adequate rainfall.
Albertin says while Hurricane Dorian left heavy rainfall along the coast, almost none fell west of Interstate 95. He says conditions could worsen before they improve.


Yellowstone National Park names 1st female chief ranger
(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Yellowstone National Park has named its first female chief ranger.
The Billings Gazette reports Sarah Davis, a native of Lexington, North Carolina, will become the 18th chief ranger in the more than 100 years the park has been managed by the National Park Service. She will start her new role in December.
Davis, whose official title is Chief of Resource and Visitor Protection, has worked for the National Park Service for two decades. Since 2012, she has been chief ranger at Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile (714-kilometer) scenic drive through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly says Davis “is an outstanding leader with a track record of high performance, strategic thinking, and collaboration.”
Two women, Lane Baker and Bonnie Schwartz, have served as deputy chief ranger at Yellowstone.


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