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Judges: New North Carolina Congress map will be used in 2020
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina judges say the U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month will be used in the 2020 elections. A three-judge panel decided Monday that there wasn’t enough time in the election cycle to consider detailed redistricting arguments by voters who challenged the latest congressional maps and GOP state lawmakers.
The Latest: One-two wintry punch hits eastern US
NEW YORK (AP) – Round two of a one-two wintry punch could drop more than a foot of snow on parts of the eastern U.S. The storm has already dropped 12 inches or more on some areas after wreaking havoc on Thanksgiving weekend travel. Schools are closed across the region. Flightaware.com reports that hundreds of flights into or out of the U.S. are canceled as of Monday afternoon.
Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump’s early spending advantage ahead of next year’s election. The groups Priorities USA and American Bridge are ramping up operations while the group ACRONYM recently pledged to spend $75 million. New candidate Michael Bloomberg has pledged to spend $100 million on ads targeting Trump, and fellow billionaire Tom Steyer promised $50 million. The influx of cash could soothe anxiety in some corners of the party over Trump’s early start in the ad war.
Snow threat shuts Blue Ridge Parkway segments, Smokies roads
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLESTON, N.C. (AP) – The National Park Service says parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and U.S. 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed because of heavy snow predictions. The Charlotte Observer reports the agency announced the closures Monday citing hazardous traveling conditions and strong wind gusts that could knock down branches and powerlines.
RJ REYNOLDS-ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE
R.J. Reynolds seeks FDA approval to claim e-cig is safer
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration will review whether R.J. Reynolds can claim that its electronic cigarette poses less risk than tobacco. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the electronic cigarette is named Vuse. Reynolds submitted Vuse for premarket approval from the FDA in October. Approval requires the FDA to consider a product’s risks and benefits, particularly when compared to traditional cigarettes. Vuse is the second-best selling e-cigarette in the U.S.
Teen charged in Virginia slaying is arrested in N Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A 17-year-old charged in a deadly Thanksgiving shooting in Virginia has been caught by authorities in North Carolina. Citing a Fairfax County police statement, news outlets report the teen was arrested Friday in Buncombe County, North Carolina, on charges of murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The teen is accused of shooting 30-year-old Ever Deras-Borjas, of Springfield, on Thursday.
ELECTION 2020-FILING OPENS
Candidate filing opens for 2020 elections in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts. The State Board of Elections and all county boards take candidate paperwork and filing fees starting Monday until Dec. 20. Primaries will be held March 3. Congressional candidate filings aren’t being taken now while new district boundaries are reviewed.
Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Pete Buttigieg has turned to a black pastor and civil rights activist in North Carolina in his effort to win over black voters, whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid. Buttigieg attended Sunday services in Goldsboro, North Carolina, at the Rev. William Barber’s Greenleaf Christian Church. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, stayed for a discussion of economic inequality, a focus of Barber’s revival of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.