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Cooper, Cabinet head to North Carolina mountains for events
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper and his administration’s top lieutenants are taking a road trip out west – western North Carolina to be specific.
Cooper and most of his Cabinet members are holding a string of events Monday in the mountains to highlight issues ranging from opioid abuse and domestic violence to economic development and the environment.
Those events will be anchored by an afternoon gathering on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville featuring Cooper, agency representatives and senior staff.
Cooper’s schedule also takes him to Monday to an Asheville high school and to Waynesville. The Democratic governor plans to stick around the region Tuesday for school visits in Madison County and Morganton.
ELVIS PRESLEY POSTER
Poster for Elvis North Carolina show sells for over $42,000
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000.
The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts.
Moon says both the buyer and the seller prefer to remain anonymous. He says the buyer is from California.
The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Canoes and cars included in engineering of new NC bridge
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – State engineers aren’t just considering cars and trucks as they draw plans to widen Interstate 26 in western North Carolina. They’re also looking out for canoes and kayaks.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the state Transportation Department is ensuring people can float in the French Broad River as engineers design a new bridge over the river.
The state will remove bridge supports in the river between the Brevard Road and Long Shoals Road interchanges.
I-26 will be widened from four lanes to eight between I-40 and Airport Road and to six lanes from there south to the U.S. 25 exit in Flat Rock. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and take about four years.
Spokesman David Uchiyama says DOT will maintain a marked safe corridor for boaters during daylight hours.
NC man charged with murder in heroin overdose death
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man remains behind bars, charged with murder in the death of a man killed by a heroin overdose.
Dare County officials said Sunday that 32-year-old Tyrique Lazara Wise remains behind bars on a $550,000 bond. He faces charges of second-degree murder and related drug crimes.
Detention center officials didn’t know if Wise has an attorney. He had a first appearance hearing Tuesday.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports officers found a woman unconscious from a heroin overdose on April 16th. Two hours later, officers found a 40-year-old man unresponsive from a heroin overdose at the same house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors in the region began last year to charge drug dealers with murder if a buyer dies of an overdose.