Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a U.S. Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country’s military learn marksmanship and defeat “thugs” causing instability. A criminal complaint last week in a North Carolina federal court charges Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms. Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage including eight firearms but lacked needed licenses to take them abroad.
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 new map appears to give Democrats a good chance to win two more seats next year.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A former investment firm CEO who announced months ago his Republican primary challenge of North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis now says he won’t officially enter the race after all. Garland Tucker’s decision on Monday’s opening day of state candidate filing appears to clear the GOP field of well-funded rivals to Tillis, who’s seeking a second term next year. Tucker attributed his decision to fund-raising obstacles entering the final months of the March primary.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A wounded man who was pulled from a burning vehicle in North Carolina has died. Citing a press release, news outlets report Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called Monday about shots fired in a neighborhood. Officers found the man wounded inside a car that was on fire. Police say the man was pulled from the car as firefighters put out the flames. Officers performed CPR, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Charlotte’s mayor says she plans to ask city council to review homicide cases.