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Spring storm spawns tornado that kills 1, dumps heavy snow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A mid-April storm that pushed across the U.S. created a tornado in North Carolina that killed a person, coated Minnesota with 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow and soaked the Northeast with rain.
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that a tornado with 135 mph (217 kph) winds rumbled through Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sunday, leaving thousands without power and canceling classes. Some roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines.
Contestants in the Boston Marathon ran in a drenching rain with temperatures in the mid-30s and wind gusts above 30 mph (48 kph).
In the storm’s wake was a winter-like storm that glazed roads with ice and led a company to shut down twin oil and gas pipelines in Michigan that may have been damaged by ship’s anchor.
Quirky ‘Night Court’ actor Harry Anderson dies at age 65
Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the televised comedy series “Night Court,” has been found dead in his North Carolina home.
Anderson was 65.
A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson’s home early Monday and found him dead. Foul play is not suspected.
On “Night Court,” Anderson played Judge Harry T. Stone, a young jurist who professed his love for singer Mel Torme, actress Jean Harlow, magic tricks and his collection of art-deco ties.
He also starred in the series “Dave’s World” and appeared on “Cheers” as con man Harry “The Hat” Gittes.
Anderson is survived by two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack, and by his current wife Elizabeth Morgan.
Bragg school named for woman who pushed for desegregation
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Fort Bragg will dedicate a school to a woman forced out of her job after she pushed to allow blacks to attend classes, years before a national court case made school segregation illegal.
The Fayetteville Observer reports the Mildred B. Poole Elementary School will be dedicated Wednesday. It’s the first school on the Army post that’s not named for a soldier.
Mildred Poole was the first chief administrator and principal of the Fort Bragg school system in 1948. She opened school doors for black children to join classes at Fort Bragg three years before Brown vs. Board of Education outlawed school segregation nationwide in 1954.
She was forced out of the school system in 1956.
Her namesake school in Harnett County serves about 530 children.
Poole was 91 when she died in 1992.
HIGHWAY MARKER-JEWISH REFUGE
NC highway marker to honor refuge for Jews fleeing Germany
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
BURGAW, N.C. (AP) – A state highway historical marker honoring a farm tract that was a refuge for Jews fleeing Nazi Germany is going up in eastern North Carolina.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports the commemoration ceremony for the Van Eeden colony will be held Wednesday at the Pender County Public Library in Burgaw.
The Van Eeden tract north of Burgaw was the property of Hugh MacRae, who had tried to start a farm colony with Dutch settlers there in the early 1900s. In the 1930s, MacRae made a deal with men trying to save Jews fleeing the Nazis. They set up a corporation and moved refugees to Van Eeden.
Just a handful of refugees reached Van Eeden, and most had moved to cities by the end of World War II.
Students sue, say poor county’s school funds unfairly shared
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – If local schools are so underfunded that children aren’t getting a good shot at a sound, basic education, should county officials who control local tax dollars share some of the blame?
North Carolina’s top court on Monday heard arguments in a lawsuit addressing that question and seeking to improve funding in a poor, rural community with three racially segregated school districts operated by city or county boards.
Parents and students in Halifax County sued the county commissioners, arguing they haven’t fairly distributed sales tax money.
Lawyers for the county say if school board officials think they’re getting short-shrift in county money, it’s up to them and not students to sue.
A lower appeals court ruled county officials aren’t responsible and students should take their complaints to legislators and the governor.
APARTMENT SHOOTING DEATH
Man shot to death in apartment complex in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A man has been found shot to death at an apartment complex in North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release that officers were called to an apartment complex around 10 p.m. Sunday.
They found 44-year-old William Jacobs, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives think Jacobs knew the person who shot him.
No arrests have been made. Police have not released a possible motive in the shooting.
Report: N Carolina hospital misdiagnosed more cancer cases
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A report on cancer misdiagnoses at a North Carolina hospital says three patients underwent treatments only to learn they didn’t have cancer, while another who did have cancer was initially declared cancer-free.
The Winston-Salem Journal cites a report that says at least 25 patients had faulty pathology laboratory test results at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review says two patients underwent lumpectomies and radiation and one underwent a lumpectomy and mastectomy before learning they didn’t have cancer.
Medicare officials say 19 had erroneous test results that didn’t ultimately affect treatment. An initial report had only identified four potentially misdiagnosed patients.
The hospital has until Thursday to submit a corrective plan to CMS. Inpatient Medicare billing privileges could be suspended if issues aren’t resolved.
BC-US-EARNS-BANK OF AMERICA
Bank of America 1Q profits rise to record $6.9 billion
NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America is reporting that its first-quarter profits jumped by 30 percent from a year earlier as the company benefited from the new tax law as well as higher interest rates.
The consumer banking giant earned $6.92 billion, or 62 cents per share, up from $5.34 billion, or 45 cents a share, from the same period a year ago. Analysts had been expecting a per-share profit of 59 cents, according to FactSet.
Like its competitors JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, Bank of America reported a sharp drop in its tax bill Monday, which helped boost profits. While the Charlotte, North Carolina, bank’s pretax income rose by roughly $1 billion, the amount it paid in taxes fell by roughly $500 million in the quarter.