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SHARK BITE-NORTH CAROLINA
Beach ranger: North Carolina surfer suffers shark bite
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather was bitten by a shark while surfing off the coast Monday afternoon. Boone Vandzura, chief ranger with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, says a 26-year-old was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital around 2:30 p.m. with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Justin Copeland told The Virginian-Pilot the bite victim was his cousin, Samuel Horne. Vandzura said Horne was paddling in the surf near Sudie Payne Road in Rodanthe when he was bitten on the foot. Copeland added that water temperatures felt like they were in the 60s on Monday.
Ex-Green Beret admits to scheme to take government cash
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors say a former U.S. Army Green Beret has pleaded guilty for a role in a conspiracy to steal money from the government that was meant to support the armed forces’ mission in Afghanistan. The Raleigh-based U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release that William Todd Chamberlain pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and receiving stolen government property. When he’s sentenced at a later date, he’ll face as much as 15 years in prison. áProsecutors say Chamberlain and four other soldiers stole about $200,000 while deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010. Authorities say they had access to funds including money for humanitarian purposes and money for counter-terrorism operations.
NC legislature back, with possible budget veto override vote
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly is coming back briefly to Raleigh for what’s expected to be a one-day session. Senate Republicans are prepared but not required on Tuesday to call a vote to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the GOP’s two-year state government budget from June.áDemocrats have said they feel confident all of their members would vote to uphold the veto. Senate Republicans put two other potential vetoes override on the chamber’s floor calendar.áAction on other bills also could occur involving scholarships for children of wartime veterans and largely technical tax changes.
STORM DAMAGE FUNDING
Army Corps to award North Carolina $281M for storm damage
NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers will award $281 million to a North Carolina city and county heavily impacted by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced in a statement Monday that the Corps will release $237 million to Surf City/North Topsail Beach and $44.5 million to Carteret County for the locations to pursue damage reduction projects. The new round of funding comes one week after the Corps announced it would allocate $39.6 million to Princeville for a flood mitigation project.
ATLANTA BRAVES STADIUM
Atlanta Braves to reveal new name of their stadium
SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) – The Atlanta Braves say they’ll soon reveal a new name for their stadium in the city’s northwest suburbs. An announcement is planned for Tuesday at the ballpark near Smyrna. The stadium has been called SunTrust Park since it opened in 2017. áAtlanta-based SunTrust later merged with Charlotte, North Carolina-based BB&T to create a bank known as Truist.
Retired Rep. Michaux joining North Carolina Senate briefly
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Retired state Rep. Mickey Michaux is returning to the North Carolina General Assembly, this time to the Senate. Gov. Roy Cooper formally appointed Michaux on Monday to fill the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr., who resigned last week to join the state Utilities Commission.áThe 89-year-old Michaux chose not to seek reelection in 2018 after more than 45 years in the House. He says he anticipates serving in Tuesday’s legislative session and then standing aside once Democratic voters in Durham County choose a winner in the March primary for McKissick’s old seat.
Sheriff: Man charged in wife’s death on Christmas Eve
RAEFORD, N.C (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man was arrested and charged with fatally shooting his wife on Christmas Eve. WNCN-TV reports 25-year-old Shaun Pinheiro-Pires was arrested Monday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife Hillary Pinheiro-Pires. Hoke County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Christmas Eve in reference to a shooting. Deputies said they found Hillary Pinheiro-Pires suffering from a “fatal injury” to her upper body. Fort Bragg Military Police took Shaun Pinheiro-Pires into custody Monday and transferred him to Hoke County deputies. Details surrounding the shooting weren’t immediately released. It’s unclear why Fort Bragg police were involved. áIt’s also unclear whether Shaun Pinheiro-Pires has an attorney.
Innocence claim in 1976 rape may continue in appeals court
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Attorneys for a North Carolina man who says he’s innocent of a 1976 rape are planning to request a hearing before the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel refused to reopen the case. The Charlotte Observer reports that the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 last week to uphold earlier federal and North Carolina court rulings in the case of Ronnie Long. Those rulings held that evidence kept secret from Long would not have changed the jury’s guilty verdict. The then 19-year-old Long was sentenced to two life sentences for rape and burglary.