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ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS
Former N Carolina Senate candidate Ross to run for Congress
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Senate nominee for North Carolina Democrats in 2016 is now running for Congress in a Raleigh-area district newly redrawn to favor her party. Deborah Ross of Raleigh announced on Tuesday she would seek the 2nd Congressional District seat covering a portion of Wake County. The 2nd District seat is currently held by GOP Rep. George Holding, who hasn’t said yet whether he’ll seek reelection.
US Marine charged with illegally flying guns into Haiti
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.
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.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-SENATE
GOP rival to North Carolina Sen. Tillis won’t run after all
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.
WOUNDED MAN-CAR FIRE
Man found shot in burning car; city vows to fight violence
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.
WINTRY WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Bus, tractor-trailer collide in upstate New York
NEW YORK (AP) – A bus carrying about 30 people collided with a tractor-trailer on an upstate New York highway during a snowstorm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there were some injuries in Monday night’s crash but that they don’t appear to be life threatening. The crash happened around 7 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 90 in New Lebanon near the Massachusetts line. All lanes of the highway were blocked. It wasn’t immediately known how many people were hurt.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina judge rules Confederate monument stays down
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The United Daughters of the Confederacy has lost a bid to put a Confederate monument back on the grounds of a North Carolina courthouse after county officials removed it. WRAL reports Superior Court Judge Susan Bray issued the ruling Monday, more than a week after the monument was removed from the Chatham County Courthouse grounds.
‘Thanksgiving antics’ NC elk gets tangled up in red hammock
MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) – An elk is running around western North Carolina with a shredded hammock on its head, and apparently a love of apples is to blame. News outlets report Jim Beaver told the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office on Thanksgiving that an elk in his yard had its antlers tangled up in a hammock. The sheriff’s office on Facebook says Cpl. Ken Stiles climbed onto the roof, cut the hammock and freed the animal. Beaver says elks usually wander quietly around his yard, eating apples and playing with his hammock.