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Inexperience, hazardous conditions cited in NC drowning
(Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/)
GRANDY, N.C. (AP) – A newspaper is reporting that an investigation cites inexperience and hazardous conditions as reasons for the drowning of a North Carolina State University student.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that documents it obtained from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission cites those factors in the death of 19-year-old Rahul Devineni of Cary on March 8 in the Currituck Sound.
The commission says Devineni died when the pedal boat that he and a friend, Arpit Patel, were board capsized in waters off the Grandy area.
The report says the two spent about 90 minutes trying to empty water from the boat. Eventually, Patel made it to shore without Devineni and yelled for help.
N.C. Wildlife Capt. Mark Rich said neither man was wearing a flotation device.


3 killed when speeding car runs off North Carolina road
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The state Highway Patrol says three people died when a speeding car ran off the road and hit trees in North Carolina.
Sgt. John Edwards of the Highway Patrol tells The Fayetteville Observer that the wreck happened early Saturday outside Lillington in Harnett County.
He says the car appeared to be traveling more than 100 mph it ran off the road. He says the impact was so severe that the driver’s seat belt ripped.
Edwards say the wreck killed the front seat passenger, 21-year-old Cerridwen Samantha Alaimo of Bunnlevel, and the back seat passenger, 23-year-old Austin Luke Banks of Alabama. He says Alaimo owned the car.
The patrol hasn’t released the driver’s name because his family hasn’t been notified of his death.


Greenville-Spartanburg airport sees boom in air cargo
(Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Sending freight by air is booming at a South Carolina airport.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is reporting the cargo tonnage flown out of the airport has doubled since 2016.
Airport President Dave Edwards tells The Greenville News that logistics firm Senator International has no more room in their 20,000-square foot (1,858-square meter) warehouse so the airport is clearing land for a building five times as big to open next spring.
Officials say the boom is being fueled by MRI machine maker Siemens or automaker BMW needing supplies delivered quickly and at the right time.
That opens the door for other interesting cargo shipments, such as many of the 550 horses competing in this fall’s World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring, North Carolina.


Dig continues at site of 19th-century Fayetteville Arsenal
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A team of archaeologists is finding shards, nails and other items during a dig at the site of the 19th-century Fayetteville Arsenal.
The Fayetteville Observer reports the dig that began July 24th resumes Monday and continues through Friday.
The Arsenal was an important asset for the Confederate army until the Union army destroyed it in 1865, just a couple of months before the Civil War ended.
The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center will be built at the site, which is now part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.
The U.S. government built the Arsenal in the mid-1800s to make military weapons. The Confederacy expanded it when it took control in 1861.


Bear tears through classic Shelby Cobra on Alaska road trip
(Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A North Carolina man driving a classic convertible through Alaska has learned his car isn’t impenetrable to bears.
KTUU-TV reports Tom Cotter found his red Shelby Cobra with a gaping hole in the roof and claw scratches all over the body after staying the night last week at Alyeska Ski Resort, southeast of Anchorage.
Cotter has been touring the state with three friends in classic Shelby Cobras. He says the car’s value is “approaching seven figures.”
Cotter says the 53-year-old roof was able to survive all these years, but it “couldn’t manage to survive 11 days in Alaska.”
The bear likely entered the car for a snack. A friend of Cotter’s admitted to leaving Fig Newtons behind the seat.


Pro-Trump flag flying on NC-owned ferry brings investigation
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials are investigating after people shared photos on social media of a pro-Trump flag on a state-operated ferry on the Outer Banks.
Multiple news outlets reported that travelers said they saw the flag Thursday aboard the MV Frisco ferry. Photos posted on social media show the flag says “Trump 2020” and is flying below the U.S. flag and even with the North Carolina flag.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports the flag was flown during a late run from Hatteras to Ocracoke. Ferry Division spokesman Tim Hass says the flag was up for one run.
One Twitter user deleted his photo of the flag, saying he had “made his point.”
Ferry system officials say they and the state Transportation Department are investigating.



Civil rights leader Barber honored for 25 years as pastor
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A church in North Carolina is recognizing 25 years of work by its pastor, who also has been influential in the civil rights movement.
Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro will have a special service Sunday to honor the Rev. William Barber.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon will preach. She is the executive minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and leads Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri.
Barber has been a civil rights leader as well as a pastor, leading the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP for more than a decade.
He also started protests in 2013 for social justice at the North Carolina capitol that have spread across the country.



New white rhino at North Carolina zoo is named Nandi
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – The first white rhino born at the North Carolina Zoo in 41 years now has a name.
The zoo says the new rhino’s dad picked out the name Nandi (Nahn-dee) from three put on poles stuffed with Timothy hay.
Nandi was a queen of the Zulus who died in 1827 in what is present day South Africa. Her son was Shaka, King of the Zulus. Nandi means “a woman of high esteem.”
The zoo let people vote on seven names of strong women, either real or fictional, to narrow the choice to three finalists – Nandi, Mamba and Diana.
Nandi was born July 2 after zookeepers had almost given up on her father Stormy impregnating a female. Now Stormy has gotten a second female at the zoo in Asheboro pregnant.



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