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GOP backtrack on early-voting change signed by Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper has signed the only piece of legislation the North Carolina General Assembly had on his desk when it adjourned – one that restored early in-person voting on the Saturday before Election Day this year only.
Cooper said Monday he has signed the bill, which changed a previous measure the legislature passed despite the governor’s veto.
The previous measure shifted starting and ending dates for the early-voting period so it would end the Friday before the election. Cooper and his allies said eliminating Saturday and making other changes would make it harder for people to vote.
Republicans decided in the latest bill to add Saturday voting, but just for 2018. That measure also makes it easier for Hyde County to meet new voting-time requirements on Ocracoke Island.



Grease backup causes wastewater spill in North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a grease blockage has led to a wastewater spill in North Carolina.
The city of Durham said in a news release that about 800 gallons (3,000 liters) of wastewater flowed into a tributary of New Hope Creek from private sewer cleanouts.
The city said the overflow occurred around 10:15 a.m. Sunday and lasted nearly three hours.
The city said the area affected by the overflow has been cleaned and there is no apparent threat to people or property.
City officials notified the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources.



Study: Wind turbines in North Carolina don’t impact radar
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – A study shows wind turbines standing on 22,000 acres of North Carolina farmland do not interfere with a Navy radar system in Virginia.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also said a developer should not expand the Amazon Wind Farm to 150 turbines as originally planned.
The 104 towers are part of Amazon’s goal to produce more renewable energy.
The Navy’s Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar located at Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex in southern Chesapeake monitors more than 10 million square miles (25,899,881square kilometers) of air space for the military and law enforcement agencies.
Avangrid Renewables completed the wind farm in February 2017. After more than a year of operation, the latest report concludes that the original model was correct.



Body of civilian found in lake at Fort Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Authorities at a North Carolina Army post say the body of a civilian has been found in one of its lakes.
Officials at Fort Bragg told news outlets Monday the body of 24-year-old Micah P. Laymon of Raeford was found in Mott Lake, which is one of 50 lakes on the post.
Post spokesman Tom McCollum said Laymon and a friend were swimming at the lake Sunday when Laymon experienced difficulties and went beneath the lake surface. The friend was unable to find Laymon and called first responders.
McCollum said Mott Lake has a lot of brush, downed trees and mud, making it easy to get caught. He said, beginning Monday, officials will now charge civilian swimmers and boaters with criminal trespassing. Soldiers would be charged with disobeying orders.



North Carolina officer wounds woman as man won’t drop gun
(Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com)
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – A woman has been shot and wounded after a North Carolina police officer fired at a man who refused to drop a gun.
News outlets reported Gastonia officers were called to a home around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Gaston Gazette reported police said a man refused to drop his gun and an officer fired. The bullet struck a woman who was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. Her name has not been released.
Thirty-one-year-old Jarvis Sentell Lynn is charged with possession of a gun by a felon and resisting police. It was not known if he has a lawyer.
Police Chief Robert Helton said the officer is leave while police and the State Bureau of Investigation review the shooting. The officer’s name has not been released.



Man arrested in woman’s shooting death in North Carolina
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A man has been arrested after a woman was shot to death at a home in North Carolina.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s office said in a news release that deputies were called to a home outside Lexington around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sheriff David Grice said 45-year-old Gregory Laverne Kennedy of Lexington has been charged with murder.
Deputies called to the home found 50-year-old Wanda Taylor dead from a gunshot wound.
Grice said Kennedy lives in the home with Wanda Taylor’s sister.
Deputies have not released a possible motive. Kennedy is scheduled to appear in court Monday. There is no attorney listed for him yet.



Tropical Storm Chris brings North Carolina swimming warnings
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – Tropical Storm Chris has prompted warnings to swimmers and surfers in North Carolina.
The National Weather Service does not have any tropical storm or hurricane warnings in effect in North Carolina. But forecasters said swimming could be dangerous from the Outer Banks to the Wilmington area beaches on Monday.
The weather service said current conditions could create currents than can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents or piers and jetties.
At 5 a.m., Chris was about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm has winds of 60 mph. It is moving south at 1 mph. The storm is expected to be stationary for the next day or so. It is expected to move northeast beginning late Tuesday.



The Latest: 20,000 lose power in Puerto Rico storm
YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) – Officials in Puerto Rico say more than 20,000 customers have lost power due to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, which is hitting the island with rains and gusty winds.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello says the rains are likely to continue for another 10 to 12 hours, hitting hardest in the east.
Officials say large trees have fallen and blocked several roads, one river has burst its banks and a landslide has been reported in the northern town of Naranjito.
So far there are no reports of injuries.