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RAINFALL LEVELS
NC Cape Fear coast sees doubled rainfall this month
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Forecasters say rainfall levels are more than twice the normal rate for this time of year on North Carolina’s Cape Fear coast.
Citing National Weather Service statistics, the StarNews of Wilmington reports that nearly 5.25 inches (13.3 centimeters) of rain were recorded at the Wilmington National Airport this past week, significantly higher than the normal average rainfall of 1.82 inches (4.6 centimeters) for that period. NWS Wilmington meteorologist Steven Pfaff says normal rainfall for the past 30 days would have amounted to 6.7 inches (17 centimeters), instead of the 13.16 inches (33.4 centimeters) the region recorded in that timeframe this year.
Flash flood watches are in effect through Wednesday morning for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, while small craft advisories are in effect through Wednesday night from Surf City to the Little River Inlet.

 

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS-THE LATEST
The Latest: 2 bills OK’d by legislature heading to Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has wrapped up for now its work on legislation addressing language being placed on state ballots this fall about proposed constitutional amendments and court races.
Republicans controlling the House and Senate voted during Tuesday’s special session for two bills and sent them to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Lawmakers could meet again in Raleigh very soon if Cooper vetoes the legislation, which appears likely based on Democratic opposition to the measures.
One bill would leave off the ballot the party affiliation of a judicial candidate who changed party registration 90 days before the candidate filed. Republicans acknowledge the change would affect a Supreme Court candidate who was previously a Democrat but became a Republican a few weeks before joining the race. But GOP leaders say it would apply to some other candidates.
The other bill puts generic titles on each of the six proposed amendments.

 

 

OFFICERS CHARGED-NORTH CAROLINA
Man sues state over troopers’ role in videotaped beating
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man is suing the state over a videotaped beating that led to assault charges against two state troopers and a deputy.
Kyron Hinton filed the legal action Tuesday against the Department of Public Safety with the state Industrial Commission. The judicial body hears civil cases against state agencies.
Hinton’s complaint seeks unspecified damages. An accompanying affidavit says his medical bills and emotional distress have amounted to $1 million.
Dashboard camera video from April 3 shows Hinton standing in the middle of a road moaning as officers approach. Some of the officers are shown hitting Hinton after he was brought to the ground for not complying with commands.
Two troopers and a deputy were indicted on felony assault charges.
A Highway Patrol spokesman declined comment on the case.

 

 

HOMICIDE-STOLEN CAR
Car of slain New York man recovered in North Carolina
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Police in upstate New York say a 71-year-old man was found slain in his home and a day later the victim’s car was found in North Carolina.
Buffalo police say they responded to a city apartment Tuesday to check on a resident and found Carl Davis dead from blunt force trauma. Investigators say Davis’ car was also reported missing Tuesday.
On Wednesday, police say they recovered the SUV in North Carolina, but haven’t released the exact location. It is unclear if anyone has been taken into custody.
Police are investigating.

 

 

COUNCILMEMBER MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
Correction: Councilmember Marriage Proposal story
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – In a story July 24 about a marriage proposal, The Associated Press reported erroneously that councilwoman Dimple Ajmera moved to Charlotte around six years ago. She says she moved there nearly eight years ago.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Charlotte city councilor OKs proposal at meeting: marriage
A week after the Charlotte City Council voted to support holding the 2020 Republican National Convention, it was time to consider another type of domestic partnership
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A week after the Charlotte City Council voted to support holding the 2020 Republican National Convention, it was time to consider another type of domestic partnership.
Boston dentist Vaibhav Bajaj took the lectern at the end of Monday’s council meeting and asked councilmember Dimple Ajmera to marry him.
The Charlotte Observer reports that in a council vote marked by 10 abstentions, Ajmera singlehandedly passed the motion. On Twitter, the Democrat said her fiance “believes in bipartisan agreement,” noting his proposal had “unanimous approval.”
Ajmera is an Indian immigrant, who moved to the North Carolina city from California nearly eight years ago. She was appointed to a council seat in January 2017, and elected to an at-large seat in November.

 

 

OIL PIPELINE-SECURITY
North Dakota regulators again ask judge to ban TigerSwan
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The board that licenses private security firms in North Dakota is imploring a judge to reconsider his decision not to ban a North Carolina-based company hired by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board maintains that TigerSwan operated illegally without a state license in 2016 and 2017 and an injunction is necessary to prevent the company from doing it again.
Board attorney Monte Rogneby (RAHN’-uh-bee) says Judge John Grinsteiner’s April decision not to grant an injunction also unfairly paved the way for dismissal of the entire case, including whether TigerSwan should be fined.
Company attorney Lynn Boughey (BOO’-ee) says TigerSwan won’t return to the state until the dispute with the board is resolved. He also says the board doesn’t have a case.
Grinsteiner didn’t immediately rule Tuesday.

 

 

COASTAL RAINS-NORTH CAROLINA
Forecast predicts heavy rains for North Carolina coast
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – At least 6 inches of rain has fallen on North Carolina’s Outer Banks since the weekend, and forecasters say the barrier islands are in for more of a drenching.
Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk U.S. 158, N.C. 12 and several side roads have standing water in several places in Currituck and Dare counties.
Currituck County Emergency Management Director Mary Beth Newns said N.C. 12 has flooded in places in Corolla but remains passable. A few low-riding vehicles have stalled in flooded spots such as Carova Beach north of Corolla.
The National Weather Service in Morehead City says another 10 inches of rain could fall on the Outer Banks by Thursday, and all without help of a tropical weather system.

 

 

HEAVY RAIN-FLOODED BUSINESS
Workers rescued from North Carolina business flooded by rain
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say five workers at a North Carolina business have been rescued after they were trapped by flood waters caused by heavy rain.
The Charlotte Fire Department said on its Twitter page emergency crews responded to a recycling business on the north side of the city Tuesday after it became surrounded by high, muddy water.
No injuries were reported, and the workers were brought out safely.
Video linked to the tweet showed rescue personnel apparently paddling a boat away from the building where the workers were trapped.