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North Carolina deputy fired, charged with assaulting man
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina deputy accused of punching and hitting a man with a blunt object has been fired. News outlets report 38-year-old Minique Jackson was arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s domestic violence unit Wednesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Police say they responded to Jackson’s home that morning and found a visibly injured man who reported being attacked by her. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden says Jackson was fired after her arrest. She had been with the department since July 2008. Jackson’s connection to the man is unclear, as is whether she has a lawyer.
Sports betting’s rapid expansion faces more tests in 2020
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) – Legalized sports betting’s rapid spread across the U.S. could face some bigger tests in 2020. Less than two years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the door to sportsbooks outside Nevada, sports betting has been legalized in states that are home to about one-third of the nation’s population. But moral opposition and complicated gambling landscapes might slow the spread elsewhere. Still, the topic is already on the agendas of lawmakers from Georgia to California. The most successful efforts so far have come in states that have allowed online betting, a form some states are reluctant to offer.
N Carolina governor’s vetoes may be remembered most in ’19
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented. None of his 14 vetoes against legislation by the GOP-controlled legislature were overridden.áThey included bills addressing immigration, abortion and the two-year budget. áRepublicans hold majorities in the House and Senate but lack enough seats to override Cooper’s veto on their own, like they could during Cooper’s first two years as governor. Cooper told The Associated Press on Wednesday that vetoing a budget he said would hurt North Carolina is an accomplishment. GOP senators could still try a budget veto override next month.
BUSINESS INTERSTATE 40-EXITS
Business I-40 exit numbers to change after Christmas
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Rainy weather has delayed plans to change the exit numbers on the Business Interstate 40 Improvements Project. The N.C. Department of Transportation had scheduled to begin making the changes on Tuesday and continue through Friday, but an update from the department said the weather forced the delay. When weather permits, workers will close one lane in either direction of the highway so they can safely change the exit numbers to show those for U.S. 421. The name of the corridor will also change from Business Interstate 40 to Salem Parkway.
High school coach portrayed in ‘Remember the Titans’ dies
The Virginia high school football coach who inspired the movie “Remember the Titans,” has died. Herman Boone was 84. An assistant coach for Boone beginning in 1972 said the coach died Wednesday at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. Boone guided T.C. Williams High School to a state championship while navigating the early days of desegregation. In the movie, he was portrayed by Denzel Washington.
Tennessee kayaker drowns in North Carolina river
MARSHALL, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a Tennessee woman died in a kayaking incident on the Laurel River in North Carolina. Madison County Emergency Management coordinator Louis Roberts says 31-year-old April Morton died Sunday after getting stuck underneath a tree in the water. Morton is from Knoxville and was identified as an experienced kayaker by American Whitewater, a national river conservation nonprofit. Roberts says when EMS arrived at the river, Morton was receiving CPR from medical personnel who were kayaking in the vicinity. Roberts says Morton was going through a rapid and didn’t see the tree because of elevated water levels. The investigation is ongoing.
New Belgium Brewing workers back sale to Kirin subsidiary
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Employees of one the United States’ largest craft breweries have approved its sale to a subsidiary of Japanese beverage company Kirin. The Coloradoan newspaper reports that the vote by workers at New Belgium Brewing Co. ended Tuesday and clears the way for the sale to close by the end of the year. New Belgium has breweries in Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina. The company declined to provide a breakdown on the vote on the sale to Lion Little World Beverages of Australia. It doesn’t expect any changes for employees because of the sale, which will provide them with retirement money.
Hoot, hoot, hooray: Owl freed from vehicle’s grille
SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. (AP) – A wildlife group in North Carolina says an owl that got trapped in the grille of a vehicle has lived to fly another day. The president of Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation says a family was driving to the Outer Banks over the weekend when they heard something hit their car. When they arrived in Southern Shores, they found the owl. The bird rode behind the grille for about three hours. The raptor was bruised but no bones were broken. The animal was a barred owl, one of three species seen regularly in eastern North Carolina.