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‘The Profit,’ NC city settle dispute over giant US flag
STATEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The star of CNBC’s “The Profit” has settled a yearlong dispute with a North Carolina city over a huge U.S. flag at the reality TV star’s recreational vehicle store.
News outlets report Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh announced the settlement with Marcus Lemonis on Monday, allowing the flag to continue flying outside Lemonis’ Gander RV company.
At 40 feet by 80 feet (12.1 meters by 24.3 meters), the flag violates a city ordinance limiting flags to 25 feet by 40 feet (7.6 meters by 12 meters).
The settlement requires Gander RV to pay about $16,000 for fines and legal costs, and the council to change the ordinance to allow the flag.
The council voted against that in June, but unanimously agreed to it this time, just ahead of Tuesday’s elections.


Judd Nelson: No misgivings about ‘The Breakfast Club’
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Actor Judd Nelson says he doesn’t share the misgivings about “The Breakfast Club” that co-star Molly Ringwald expressed in a first-person column.
In April 2018, Ringwald wrote a column for The New Yorker about watching the movie a few years earlier with her then 10-year-old daughter. Her discomfort focuses on interactions that her character had with a bad boy portrayed by Nelson.
In an interview with The StarNews of Wilmington , Nelson says he thinks the 1985 movie is “a product of its time” and that he doesn’t “see those problems that Molly sees.”
The 59-year-old Nelson is in Wilmington to star in the play “Love Letters” which will be performed Saturday at Kenan Auditorium. His co-star in the two-person drama is Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer in “Twin Peaks.”


More N Carolina ‘mini-budget’ bills near final passage
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More targeted spending proposals could soon be headed to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk as Republican legislators keep pitching portions of their vetoed state budget bill.
The House scheduled final votes on Tuesday for measures that cleared the Senate last week. One funds transportation spending and the other expands rural broadband grants.
The provisions are parts of the vetoed budget that Republicans believe stand a strong chance of bipartisan passage on their own and acceptance by Cooper. Cooper signed all but one of the previous “mini-budget” measures, such as those addressing state employee raises, disaster relief and prison safety.
The Senate budget committee also planned to meet Tuesday to discuss a House bill that would fund a new juvenile justice initiative.


Police chief to retire, come back for GOP convention
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The police chief in North Carolina’s largest city says he will retire at the end of the year, but will return next year and work through the Republican National Convention.
The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney had said previously that he planned to stay on the job through the convention, which is scheduled for next August. The city gave no explanation for the unique decision, which was announced on Monday.
City Manager Marcus Jones said in a statement that he wanted Putney to return because of Putney’s experience with the city’s handling of the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and his involvement with the GOP convention planning.
Putney has been chief since 2015, replacing former Chief Rodney Monroe.


N Carolina AG: Many vape sales blocked as suits continue
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s top legal officer says several e-cigarette companies aren’t selling their products in the state while his litigation against them is pending.
Attorney General Josh Stein announced in August that he was suing eight more vaping companies under the state’s unfair and deceptive trade laws. Stein accuses them of aggressively marketing their products to young people and failing to use proper age verification, and he wants their sales to end.
Stein said on Monday that VapeCo. Distribution has agreed not to sell or market vapor products in the state. His office says there are preliminary injunctions or temporary restraining orders stopping sales by Electronic Tobacconist, Electric Lotus, Direct eLiquid and Beard Vape while the lawsuits continue.
Stein sued e-cigarette industry leader Juul in May.


Flight attendant may have exposed passengers to Hepatitis A
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials in North Carolina say more than a dozen people may have been exposed to hepatitis A on a recent flight.
News outlets report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it was notified on Oct. 1 that a flight attendant had a confirmed case.
The Mecklenburg County Health Department says it contacted 18 Charlotte-area passengers who were on the American Airlines flight Sept. 21 from San Francisco to Charlotte. Spokeswoman Rebecca Carter says those passengers have since been vaccinated.
American Airlines released a statement saying it’s in close contact with the CDC and public health officials and will coordinate with them on any required health and safety related measures.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by contaminated food or water.


North Carolina students investigated in racist online chat
WENDELL, N.C. (AP) – School administrators are investigating whether to punish students at two schools outside Raleigh, North Carolina, for exchanging racist messages online.
Wake County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said Monday the Snapchat discussions involved three students at East Wake High School in Wendell, and a larger number of students in nearby Johnston County, which Johnston schools’ spokesman Nathanael Shelton confirmed. Both districts are investigating.
WTVD reports the group chat was exposed by a 14-year-old black girl at East Wake, who posed with a white-face avatar to confirm what she’d heard about. The messages included “Pullin triggers and shootin n——“and “#bring slavery back.”
The girl’s parents told WTVD that her principal told them there was little to be done because the threats weren’t “specific” or “imminent.”


Worms in broccoli at North Carolina college prompt inquiry
WINGATE, N.C. (AP) – Students at a North Carolina university say their dining hall is serving them undercooked food and broccoli filled with worms.
News outlets report several students at Wingate University complained about the dining hall food, prompting the Union County Health Department to investigate.
A report from the department says students complained about undercooked food and one student said she saw cafeteria staff drop a cheeseburger on the floor, pick it up and serve it to a student.
The department says a Sept. 5 investigation uncovered more worms in the broccoli, forcing the dining hall vendor, Aramark food service provider, to pull the vegetable.
WSOC-TV reports the university sent a letter to parents saying Aramark was making changes including additional washing of produce, increasing staff and hiring a new general manager.


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