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HOSPITAL SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Authorities: Man killed after trying to take deputy’s gun
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina deputy was injured and a suspect was killed when the man tried to take the officer’s gun while at a hospital.
Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said at a news conference Wednesday that the suspect was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center because he needed medical attention. While there, Wright says the suspect tried to take the deputy’s gun.
Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins says an officer who was at the hospital for a different investigation intervened in the struggle, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. The police department later said in a statement that the officer shot the suspect, who died.
Wright said the deputy is in good condition. He said the suspect had been arrested Tuesday night on warrants involving a home invasion.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CHESTNUT
High-tech chestnuts: US to consider genetically altered tree
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Can biotechnology bring back the American chestnut tree?
Researchers at New York state’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry will soon seek federal clearance to distribute thousands of modified trees as part of a restoration effort. The precedent-setting case adds urgency to the question of whether genetic engineering should be used to help save or restore trees.
Opponents warn of starting “a massive and irreversible experiment” in a highly complex ecosystem. Proponents see a technology already ubiquitous in the supermarket that could help save forests besieged by invasive pests.
Researchers will ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assess an American chestnut tree with a gene from wheat that helps it tolerate blight.
The blight decimated a towering tree species once dominant in forests from Maine to Georgia.
BEAR BITES-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina man, dog bitten during fight with mama bear
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
SPRUCE PINE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina wildlife official says a man and his dog were bitten by a black bear that was trying to defend her cub.
State Wildlife Resources Commission officer Jared Thompson told the Asheville Citizen Times a homeowner’s Great Dane got into a fight with the mama bear Saturday in the yard of a Spruce Pine home.
Thompson says the man was bitten on his arm while breaking up the fight. The dog also suffered puncture wounds. Both were treated and released from hospitals Saturday night.
Thompson says wildlife officials took samples of the bear’s blood and fur in the yard. They won’t seek to euthanize it.
Another man helping tree a bear near Mount Sterling on Saturday was bitten and rolled down a slight cliff with that bear.
RACIST INSTAGRAM VIDEO
NC school football coach resigns over racist Instagram video
KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (AP) – An assistant football coach at a North Carolina high school has resigned after making racist comments on Instagram.
News outlets report John Hoskins resigned over the weekend from his post at Knightdale High School. WTVD-TV reports Hoskins, who is white, posted a now-deleted video to Instagram in which he said “white power” and the n-word.
Hoskins told the station Tuesday that “just to set the record, I’m not a racist.” He says his black friends have given him the OK to use the word, as have players on the majority-black team that he coached. He says he posted the video and used the slur while caught up in celebrating the team’s win against Corinth Holders High last week.
The video was shared with administrators before Hoskins deleted it.
Mayors in large North Carolina cities reelected
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Voters have returned incumbents to mayoral and council positions in some of North Carolina’s largest cities.
Unofficial results show Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo all won reelection on Tuesday.
Lyles and Schewel earned second terms by comfortable margins. Saffo won a sixth term by about 4 percentage points. In Rocky Mount, Sandy Roberson will become the next mayor, winning a runoff.
Current Charlotte and Durham city council members on Tuesday’s ballots also won additional terms.
As for voter referendums, Mecklenburg County residents rejected a quarter-cent sales tax increase for parks, education and the arts, while Durham residents approved a $95 million affordable housing bond.
All told, elections were held Tuesday in cities, towns and villages covering 92 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL-TOURISM AWARD
Alabama tourism honored for civil rights promotion
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s state tourism agency is being honored for its work promoting civil rights travel in 14 U.S. states.
The office was presented with an award recognizing its marketing campaign for the U.S. Civil Rights Trail during an industry trade show in London on Tuesday.
The trail promotes museums, churches and other African American landmarks across the South. Promotional materials include video interviews with civil rights participants from the 1960s and photos of landmarks.
Alabama oversaw the project in partnership with the Atlanta-based TravelSouth USA and the National Park Service. The trail includes sites from Kansas to Delaware, including all of the Deep South.
The state won an award for best regional destination. A news release says other finalists included areas in Spain, India, the Canary Islands and the Netherlands.
NC Senate hopeful Cunningham unveils anti-corruption plan
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham says he’ll fight for fair and secure elections and to scale back the influence of corporate political donations if he wins next year.
The former state legislator and Iraq War veteran unveiled on Wednesday reforms that jibe with his priority to fight “rampant corruption” in Washington. Cunningham wants to unseat Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who is seeking a second term.
Cunningham wants greater disclosure by super PACs and other independent expenditure groups. He supports a five-year waiting period before outgoing members of Congress and presidential Cabinets can be lobbyists. He also wants to reinstate U.S. Justice Department review of election law changes in areas with histories of discrimination.
Nonpartisan redistricting and aggressive monitoring of overseas interference of U.S. elections also make Cunningham’s to-do list.
MAN SHOT-SON CHARGED
North Carolina man accused of shooting father after argument
BAILEY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man is accused of shooting his father.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that police and deputies responded to a home in Bailey on Tuesday and found a man with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
The sheriff’s office said emergency personnel performed life-saving measures before the man was hospitalized. Neither his name nor condition has been released.
The man’s son, 36-year-old Justin Bailey, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Investigators say he drew a gun on his father after an argument.
Bailey is jailed on a $500,000 bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
The town of Bailey is 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Raleigh.