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Democrat’s election challenge to NC Sen. Berger restored
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Republican who is arguably North Carolina’s most powerful politician could be facing a Democratic challenger in November after all.
The state elections board on Thursday decided that Democrat Jen Mangrum did enough to establish her permanent residence in the Senate district now represented by Republican Phil Berger. The decision reverses a local elections panel’s decision that disqualified Mangrum as ineligible.
The state elections board divided along party lines, with an unaffiliated member selected by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper casting the deciding vote.
Berger also is expected to face Libertarian R. Michael Jordan for the District 30 Senate seat representing Rockingham and northwestern Guilford counties.
NCarolina Gov. Cooper announces $7M for workforce training
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina community college students hit by an unexpected financial crunch could have a new option to help them complete their degree.
Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday he’s tapping into a federal program that could provide grants of up to $1,000 per semester for students close to finishing their degree or credential.
Cooper’s office says up to $7 million in federal funds will be available to help students beginning with the coming academic year. Cooper asked legislators to approve spending $20 million for similar efforts to also help state university and private college students, but that wasn’t approved.
Community colleges have the option to participate in the Finish Line Grants program. The schools and local workforce development boards will apply for funding and decide on how to handle funding requests.
Cruise line to create up to 200 jobs in North Carolina
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Economic developers in North Carolina say Norwegian Cruise Lines is creating a work-from-home agent cluster which could create as many as 200 full-time jobs.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports agents, who will work in the Triad area, will serve in entry-level positions and will be the first point of contact for guests and travel agents looking to arrange vacations on the cruise line. It is the first time Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded its at-home agent program outside of Arizona and Florida.
According to the cruise line, the initial hiring goal is between 30 and 45, which it said will comprise a pilot group for a four-week training period that ends in August.
The hiring process is expected to begin next Wednesday and is expected to take up to 18 months.
Man jailed in 76-year-old N Carolina man’s hit-and-run death
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – An arrest has been made more than two weeks after the hit-and-run death of a 76-year-old North Carolina man.
Citing a Burlington police release, news outlets report 40-year-old Johnny Ray Sowell was arrested Tuesday in the June 26 death of James Basili Hhando. The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Hhando’s death was caused by the crash.
Burlington police released requests for witnesses to the crash and used area surveillance cameras to help identify suspects and vehicles.
Sowell is charged with felony hit-and-run and felony obstruction of justice. The Greensboro man is being held on $10,000 bail.
It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Dogs seized from North Carolina home; 8 found dead in raid
WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Deputies in North Carolina have charged three people with felony animal cruelty after more than 30 dogs were seized and eight others were found dead during a raid.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday deputies found several emaciated dogs with no access to food or water. The news release also said deputies found skeletal remains of five dogs, one dead dog and two dead puppies.
Deputies also said they discovered eight different sites on the Pinetown property where the animals were kept in pens. Of the 32 dogs that were seized, one of them was euthanized immediately.
Two of the three people arrested Wednesday were jailed on $100,000 bonds each. A third person is jailed on a $15,000. It’s not known if they have attorneys.
Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A North Carolina author who wrote about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till says FBI agents called him not long after its 2017 publication to ask about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying.
Timothy Tyson told reporters Thursday that he turned over interview recordings and other research materials.
Tyson’s 2017 book “The Blood of Emmett Till” quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as saying during a 2008 interview that she wasn’t truthful when she testified that the black teen made sexual advances at a Mississippi store six decades ago.
A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that information in the 2017 book was what led federal investigators to re-examine the case. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
North Carolina woman accused in wreck that injured toddler
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police have filed multiple charges against a woman accused of driving while impaired and injuring a toddler and another motorist.
Thomasville police told news outlets 37-year-old Kelly Michelle Lambert was driving a car that crossed the center line on June 27 and hit a pickup truck head-on. Investigators said a 3-year-old boy in Lambert’s car was neither wearing a seatbelt nor properly restrained.
Sgt. John Elgin said the child was hospitalized in stable condition Thursday. He said the other motorist, 73-year-old Steven Odell Davis of Archdale, was hospitalized but has since been released.
Charges filed against Lambert include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, child abuse and driving with a suspended license. She’s jailed on a $250,000 bond and it’s not known if she has an attorney.
AP sources: Army chooses Austin for new Futures Command HQ
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials say Army leaders will announce on Friday that they’ve chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars.
The Army laid out plans to create the so-called Futures Command last October, marking the first time in decades that the service has added such a high-level, new headquarters.
The officials say the city is well-suited for the Army’s high-technology and academic needs. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the selection before it was made public. The command will have a staff of about 500, led by a four-star general.
Fifteen cities were considered, and the five finalists were Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina.