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TRAIN STATION OPENING
N Carolina train station to open this month
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina train station originally expected to open in June is now set to open this month.
The News & Observer reported Monday that the Raleigh Union Station is expected to open July 10. The opening comes more than two months after officials dedicated the station.
The opening was pushed back so contractors could correct an issue with the slope of the station’s passenger platform. The deputy director of the state Department of Transportation Rail Division, Allan Paul, says several areas of the platform were too steep for Amtrak and federal specifications.
The last scheduled train of July 9 should arrive at the old Cabarrus Street station around 10 p.m. Amtrak will move to the new station overnight and should be settled in time for the 6:30 a.m. train.
Newest US citizens to be sworn in at N Carolina ceremony
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is rolling out a welcome mat for the nation’s newest citizens.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will welcome those new citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort Johnson Garrison House in Southport Tuesday.
A U.S. Magistrate Judge will administer the oath of allegiance to 48 candidates.
The ceremony is part of the agency’s Independence Day celebration.
This year, USCIS celebrates the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence as well as the nation’s birthday by welcoming more than 14,000 new citizens in nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 10.
2 men charged with murder in North Carolina shooting
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police have charged two men with first-degree murder in one of three deadly shootings in a North Carolina city on the same day last month.
Greensboro police say 24-year-old Ladarius Devon Riley and 35-year-old Xavier Alanson Bell are charged in the death of 24-year-old Vincent Roland at an apartment complex on June 25.
Police arrested Riley in Durham Friday. Greensboro police learned Bell was on a bus headed for Dallas, Texas, and they worked with the State Bureau of Investigation and Dallas police to apprehend Bell at the Greyhound bus station. He awaits extradition back to North Carolina to face charges.
The two men also are charged with attempted first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Riley is jailed without bail. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
2016 SHOOTING-TWO CHARGED
North Carolina police charge 2 in man’s 2016 death
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged two men in connection with a fatal shooting in 2016.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports police say 37-year-old Carlos Lamar Brown and 28-year-old Keith Jordan II are charged in the death of 29-year-old Renwick Earl Davis on Dec. 8, 2016.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brown in Fayetteville on June 26. U.S. marshals and Raleigh police arrested Jordan three days later. Both men are charged with first-degree murder and are jailed without bail. It’s not known if either man has an attorney.
An autopsy report from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Davis was shot in the head and suffered from blunt force injuries to the face.
An investigation into Davis’ death continues.
MISSING MEN-BODIES RECOVERED
Bodies of 2 men recovered from North Carolina lake
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say the bodies of a man and his nephew have been recovered from a North Carolina lake several days after thy disappeared while on a boating trip.
News outlets report the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission identified the men as 38-year-old Fredrick Martin and 48-year-old Earnest Norris Jr. Their bodies were found by civilians on Sunday.
According to officials, the men were reported missing last Friday after they didn’t return, and their boat was found capsized in Lake Norman on Saturday, when the search was suspended.
North Carolina man dies after jumping off rocks at waterfall
BANNER ELK, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man has died after jumping off some rocks at a waterfall.
Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye told news outlets emergency workers responding to Elk River Falls around 5 p.m. Sunday learned 32-year-old Gogineni Nagarjuna had been swimming with friends. Authorities said witnesses said Nagarjuna jumped into the water from the side, seemed to struggle and went under. His body was recovered two hours later and taken to the medical examiner’s office in Lenoir.
The death was the second at Elk River Falls in six weeks. Authorities said 26-year-old Thomas McCardle Jr. of Martins Ferry, Ohio, slid off a rock, was caught and dragged under by strong currents driven by heavy rains.
It’s also the fifth waterfall-related fatality in western North Carolina in 2018.
DARK MONEY GROUP
Dark-money groups targeting GOP lawmakers tied to Dem lawyer
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A dark money group with ties to prominent Democrats is funding a series of online and TV ads attacking North Carolina Republicans.
WRAL reports the same Democratic lawyer is tied to advocacy groups with names like Fair Courts NC, NC Common Ground and Aim Higher Now.
These groups have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into television ads, Facebook ads and mailers.
Federal tax laws allow these and similar groups to keep their funding secret because they’re treated as social welfare organizations. They’ve become common in modern politics. They’re allowed to engage in some political activity, but that can’t be their primary activity.
2 shot, 1 dies in North Carolina; no arrests
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two people have been shot in North Carolina and one of the victims has died.
Greensboro police were called to a shooting around 12:40 a.m. Sunday
News outlets reported that 23-year-old Dionte’ Raynard Bethea of Greensboro died after the shooting.
Police say a second man was shot several times. His name has not been released. There was no word Monday morning on his condition.
Police have not released a possible motive. No arrests have been reported.