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VIRUS OUTBREAK-SUPERINTENDENT TWEET
School official tells teachers ignore ‘public school haters’
BOONE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina superintendent is getting praise for his social media post shaking off critics of public schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliot said on Twitter that school officials are too busy caring for students to deal with ‘public school haters’. Elliot says he wrote the post after seeing messages about how the pandemic should be a catalyst for reforming public schools. He says teachers need to hear it is fine to ignore critics and stay focused on students. School districts in the state have served over a million meals to children in low-income families.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
2 dozen at N. Carolina assisted living center test positive
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – About two dozen residents at an assisted living center in western North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19. The Henderson County Health Department and Cherry Springs Village in Hendersonville announced the outbreak at the center on Sunday. The center says it’s under quarantine and individuals who tested positive are being treated in isolation. More than a dozen congregate settings are currently in ongoing outbreaks in North Carolina. State health officials reported Sunday close to 2,600 positive COVID-19 cases statewide and 31 deaths. More than 260 people are hospitalized.
1-year-old girl shot, wounded outside North Carolina home
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a 1-year-old girl was wounded by a stray bullet that struck her outside of a public housing complex. Durham police said in a statement Sunday that the child was taken to a hospital with wounds that were not life-threatening. Police say the child was outside with a parent Sunday afternoon when she was struck by gunfire meant for someone else. Officials said the shooter drove away. Police did not immediately make any arrests.
POLICE SHOOTING-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Police: Suspect shot after domestic violence call
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Investigators in North Carolina say an officer shot a suspect while responding to a report of domestic violence. The unidentified person was in critical but stable condition after being shot early Saturday morning by a Kernersville police officer. It is the third shooting involving a law enforcement official in the Winston-Salem area in recent weeks. Police have not released the name of the officer or said whether the suspect had a weapon. Police say the state bureau of investigations is investigating the Saturday shooting. An investigation is standard when an officer is involved.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKERS
Coronavirus pandemic disrupts Appalachian Trail dreams
COSBY, Tenn. (AP) – Hikers on the Appalachian Trail face difficult decisions as the coronavirus pandemic worsens: postpone a dream or ignore warnings and keep hiking. Alexandra Eagle and Jonathan Hall planned for a year before setting out March 9 to hike the 2,190-mile trail for their honeymoon. They knew about the new coronavirus spreading across the globe but considered themselves lucky to be trading Brooklyn for a tent on the trail. But the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has urged hikers to leave the trail. For Eagle and Hall, their difficult decision to end their hike came down to the small chance they might catch the virus, something Eagle said she couldn’t live with.
Police: N. Carolina man shot at “large gathering” scene dies
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina man died after being shot at a residence where a “large gathering” apparently had occurred in the early morning hours. Fayetteville police said Donovan Butler arrived at a Hoke County hospital early Sunday to say he had been shot at the home. Officers had been sent to the home to respond to reports of shots being fired. Homicide detectives are investigating. North Carolina’s statewide stay-at-home order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs people to practice social distancing. Order violations can be a misdemeanor.
Progress made on containing 2 western N. Carolina wildfires
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Federal and North Carolina firefighters have made progress containing two wildfires in western North Carolina. The U.S. Forest Service said that the Camp Daniel Boone fire in Haywood County in the Pisgah National Forest covered about 70 acres as of Sunday afternoon. Another fire burning in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County is about 90 acres. The causes of the fires are under investigation. Both began on private property and spread due to recent high winds. A North Carolina Forest Service ban on all open burning for 32 western counties remains in effect.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ABORTION CLINIC
Arrests at N. Carolina abortion clinic for violating order
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Several protesters outside a North Carolina abortion clinic have been arrested for refusing to comply with the state’s stay-at-home order for the coronavirus. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said it happened on Saturday, when roughly 50 protesters gathered outside the Charlotte clinic. Gov. Roy Cooper’s order prohibits mass gatherings of more than 10 people. A dozen people received citations when they refused to disperse. Eight of those people ultimately were arrested when they still refused to comply. The charge is a low-grade misdemeanor, with no jail time for a first offense. Seven people were charged recently outside a Greensboro clinic for similar local order noncompliance.