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Tobacco plant, train depot put on historic places register
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Parts of North Carolina’s textile, agricultural and railroad past have been recognized as national historic places, a designation that can help preserve them.
The state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources said in a news release that seven North Carolina properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. They include Caromount Mills in Rocky Mount; Sanford Tobacco Co. redrying plant and warehouse in Sanford; Carolina and Northwestern Railway freight depot in Lenoir and Taylorsville Milling Co. roller mill in Taylorsville;
Also added to the list were: The T. Austin and Ernestine L. Finch house in Thomasville; the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis; and the Bunyan S. and Edith W. Womble house in Winston-Salem.
Federal and state incentives are created to help preserve National Register places.
Police: Man justified in shooting, wounding motel intruder
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man was justified in shooting an intruder who burst into his motel room.
The Wilmington Star News reported Friday that 39-year-old Bryan Thomas Lopes was found to be legally justified when he shot 47-year-old Paul Willard Dobson on Oct. 20. As of Friday, Dobson was still in stable condition at a hospital.
Lopes was staying at the Ocean Crest Motel in Oak Island. Police said he and his wife were sleeping when Dobson fell through the motel room door. Police said Lopes shot Dobson in the shoulder.
Authorities said Dobson and his friends consumed “significant quantities of alcohol” at dinner before engaging in horseplay back at the motel outside Lopes’ motel room. Authorities said Dobson’s friends shoved him through the door.
Police: Car crash kills mother and son in North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A 6-year-old boy and his mother have been killed in a car crash in North Carolina.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported that the mother and son died Saturday in Durham. The State Highway Patrol Identified the victims as 6-year-old Nicholas Abraham and 41-year-old Julie Abraham.
Police said the vehicle failed to yield the right of way and was then hit by another vehicle. The Highway Patrol said that the man driving the car was Julie’s husband and Nicholas’ father.
Police said a pregnant passenger in the other car was taken to a hospital.
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Wright State University names provost as its next president
FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) – Wright State University has named its provost as the school’s next president.
The university’s Board of Trustees announced in a release Monday that Provost Susan Edwards will assume the presidency of the school in southwestern Ohio on Jan. 1. She will succeed President Cheryl Schrader.
Schrader announced recently that she will step down as president Dec. 31 and later plans to teach at WSU.
The trustees unanimously approved Edwards as the school’s eighth president on Saturday. She was named provost in May 2018.
The native of Australia previously served as vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of biology at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Her degrees include a doctorate in comparative physiology from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
Wright State has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students.
Budget stalemate reaches key moment in North Carolina Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A four-month stalemate over the North Carolina state budget may end if Senate Republicans get a little help from Democrats this week to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the bill.
Senate GOP leaders have signaled an override vote could occur during Monday night’s floor session. An override already succeeded in the House during an unexpected vote last month.
Senate Republicans voting to override would need just one Democrat to defect or two absent Democrats to enact the budget despite Cooper’s objections. Senate Democrats and Cooper have said the chamber’s caucus is united on upholding the veto.
Cooper vetoed the budget in late June, complaining about the absence of Medicaid expansion and robust teacher raises. Republicans have since passed several separate measures containing popular portions of the vetoed measure.
Final North Carolina farm bill sets smokable hemp ban date
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s annual agriculture measure is getting final votes because negotiators have worked out differences, particularly on when to outlaw production and possession of smokable hemp.
The House and Senate scheduled floor votes for Monday evening on the 2019 Farm Act, much of which describes the regulatory framework to expand the state’s industrial and medicinal hemp industry.
But the measure declares smokable hemp – which lacks the concentration of the compound that gives marijuana its high – illegal starting next June 1. Law enforcement want the ban because smokable hemp looks and smells like pot, making it difficult for police to differentiate. The bill says a ban repeal could occur if a field test to distinguish the products is found reliable.
Hemp growers are anxious because smokable hemp is profitable.
Police: robbery suspect dead after crash
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man is dead after armed robbery suspects fleeing police crashed into his Jeep.
WECT reports that the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said police were responding to a call of an armed robbery at a Walmart when they began pursuit of suspects driving away in a vehicle.
Police said the vehicle drove erratically at a high rate of speed, ran red lights and rammed a deputy’s vehicle before crashing into a Jeep Wrangler.
The driver of the Jeep was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Police said two suspects were taken into custody and the incident is under investigation.
Man wins lottery prize on way for cancer treatment
PINK HILL, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man won a $200,000 lottery prize while on the way to his last round of chemotherapy.
WTVD-TV reports that Ronnie Foster bought the winning scratch-off ticket before getting treatment for colon cancer.
Foster said he claimed the prize Friday at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He said he took home about $140,000 after taxes.
Foster said he plans to use part of his winnings to pay his medical bills.