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Not easy being green: North Carolina dog births unique puppy
CANTON, N.C. (AP) – The Avengers may have gained a canine sidekick after a North Carolina family’s dog gave birth to a bright green puppy named “Hulk.” Haywood County resident Shana Stamey says her white shepherd, Gypsy, delivered eight puppies Friday. Gypsy’s labor was going smoothly until the fourth puppy came out as a small, but mighty tuft of lime green fur. Stamey told news outlets she was initially worried, but a local animal hospital manager says there’s a normal explanation for the odd coloration, and it doesn’t involve gamma rays. She says Hulk was likely stained by liquids inside the stomach. His color will fade, but his superpower, deemed by Stamey as an “aggressive appetite,” will likely remain.
Police investigating reports of shootings at cars on highway
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are warning motorists following reports that someone has been shooting at cars on a highway. The Bailey Police Department warned drivers on Wednesday in two Facebook posts. The shootings have occurred on U.S. Route 264 in Wilson County, which is east of Raleigh. Specifically, there were reports that shots were fired between mile markers 38 and 40 heading eastbound. Police are urging drivers to pay attention to their surroundings and to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. Bailey police also said that they have alerted surrounding jurisdictions.
NORTH CAROLINA FATAL SHOOTING
1 killed, 2 wounded in early morning Charlotte shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and two others wounded. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said that they found the dead man inside of a vehicle and found the two other wounded men nearby early Thursday morning. Those two men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It’s not clear what relationship there may have been between the men. The man who was pronounced dead at the scene was identified as 19-year-old David Wayne Burns. The shooting remains under investigation and police didn’t immediately release further details about what happened.
North Carolina police investigate use of force during arrest
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says it’s investigating the use of force by officers during a traffic stop in which they were recorded kneeing a driver, punching his back and dragging him out of the car by his neck. Raleigh police arrested 22-year-old Braily Andres Batista-Concepcion on Tuesday in connection to three hit-and-run crashes. Police said in a statement that Batista repeatedly ignored commands. Batista contends he told officers he was going to get out of the car, but they started hitting him. He was visibly bruised while speaking with reporters on Wednesday. He’s charged with hit-and-run and ádriving while impaired, among a number of other violations.
North Carolina Sen. Tillis seeks 5 TV debates with Democrat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has proposed holding five televised debates with the Democratic nominee, starting this spring.áTillis’ campaign said Wednesday that a cable channel already has agreed to host three debates in April, May and June, and he’s seeking two more in September and October. One of the Democratic primary candidates, Cal Cunningham, says he’s ready to debate Tillis but didn’t specifically accept the incumbent’s schedule. Five Democrats and four Republicans are competing in the March 3 primary. Cunningham also says he’s participating in candidate forums in advance of the primary.
NORTH CAROLINA TRENCH COLLAPSE
Worker dies in trench collapse; 3 others make it out
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say that a worker trapped in a Durham construction site trench collapse has died. Durham Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi said in a news release that the worker’s body was recovered from the trench late Wednesday afternoon. Iannuzziátold reporters that four workers were in the trench when it collapsed. Three were rescued or made it out. The identity of the worker who was killed wasn’t immediately released. News helicopters showed footage of dozens of first responders working at the construction site for a gas station in Durham near Raleigh.
SOLDIER KILLED-FREEFALL TRAINING
Army says soldier killed in parachute training in Arizona
ELOY, Ariz. (AP) – The U.S. Army says a soldier was killed in a routine freefall parachute training exercise in southern Arizona. A spokesman for the Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said the soldier was training Tuesday near Eloy, Arizona. U.S Army Special Forces officials on Wednesday identified the soldier killed as 36-year-old Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman of Hope Mills, North Carolina. Freefalling is when soldiers jump from an aircraft and delay opening their parachutes. Army officials say the death is under investigation.
N Carolina Medicaid expansion advocates ‘mad’ as bill idles
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven’t agreed to expand Medicaid after a General Assembly session this week began and ended in one day without action on health care access. A bipartisan group pressing for expansion expressed frustration Wednesday with GOP legislative leaders for failing to act Tuesday. Lawmakers aren’t scheduled back to Raleigh until late April. A House proposal to cover 300,000 additional people has been idling since September. Senate Republicans remain opposed to the idea, which got intertwined in the political fight with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s state budget veto last June.