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Tropical Storm Arthur crawls closer to North Carolina coast
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Arthur is crawling closer to the North Carolina coast, amid threats of some minor flooding and rough seas as the system moves off the Southeast seaboard. Arthur formed Saturday off Florida, marking the sixth straight year a named storm has developed before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a tropical storm warning for North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday. At 2 a.m. EDT Monday, the storm’s center was located about 185 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur had top sustained winds of 45 mph as it moved north-northeast.
N. Carolina legislative annual session resumes after break
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina legislature is resuming its annual session, two weeks after meeting to approve a $1.6 billion package that distributed COVID-19 funds from Washington. Lawmakers scheduled floor sessions and a committee meeting as they return starting Monday. Constituents can come inside the Legislative Building again now that it will reopen to the public after being closed for four weeks. The building’s capacity will be capped and members, staff and visitors should expect temperature checks when going inside. It’s unclear how long legislators will keep the session going.
SELFIES WITH HORSE
Park Service: Outer Banks tourists tried to capture foal
SHACKLEFORD BANKS, N.C. (AP) – The National Park Service is looking for three tourists who allegedly tried to capture a month-old wild foal in the Outer Banks in an attempt to take some selfies. The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday the people are wanted for questioning. The Park Service says the situation Friday at Shackleford Banks, which is part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, was captured on video. The newspaper reports it’s illegal to be within 50 feet of the wild horses in the park. The nonprofit Foundation for Shackleford Horses says a visitor reported witnessing the situation and intervened, prompting the three tourists wanting the selfies to take off.
Tropical Storm Arthur forms, 1st named storm of season
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the coast of Florida, making it the sixth straight year for a named storm to develop before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season. A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of North Carolina’s coast, from north of Surf City to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. It’s expected to drop between 1 and 2 inches of rain Sunday night and Monday onto coastal North Carolina. Hurricane season officially starts June 1.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Judge blocks governor’s virus-related orders on churches
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge in North Carolina has sided with conservative Christian leaders and blocked the enforcement of restrictions that Gov. Roy Cooper ordered affecting indoor religious services during the pandemic. The order from Judge James C. Dever III came Saturday, days after two Baptist churches, a minister and a Christian revival group filed a federal lawsuit seeking to immediately block enforcement of rules covering religious services within the Democratic governor’s executive orders. The plaintiffs argued the limits violate their rights to worship freely and treat churches differently from retailers and other secular activities. Cooper’s office says it won’t appeal the ruling.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-JUVENILE FACILITY
Correctional facility to test all juveniles for COVID-19
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says all juveniles held at the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center will be tested for COVID-19 after a staff member reported testing positive for the coronavirus Friday. The agency in a statement Saturday said the employee has been off work since May 10 after notifying management about a potential exposure to the virus. The employee showed symptoms Wednesday and was tested that day. Facility director Peter Brown says no juveniles have shown symptoms associated with COVID-19. He says two living units have been placed on quarantine, and children there are being monitored twice a day for symptoms.
Award for NC historian’s book about Mississippi city
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A Los Angeles cultural and publishing nonprofit led by Nirvana’s former bassist is giving its annual book award to a University of North Carolina historian’s account of civil rights in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Zócalo Public Square board chairman and Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic will present the award to William Sturkey in a livestreamed event Wednesday. “Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White” describes the city’s racial history from its founding into the civil rights era, with alternate chapters about white and black people. A reviewer described it as brilliant and poignant. Zócalo Public Square is a creative unit of Arizona State University.
Patient testing for virus in N. Carolina to expand greatly
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials are expanding greatly the scope of COVID-19 testing by encouraging doctors to order tests for higher-risk individuals even when they show no symptoms. The new protocol announced on Friday comes as North Carolina has shown a significant jump in completed tests thanks to more laboratory capacity and materials. People who could now get the test without showing illness signs include people age 65 or over, African American residents, prisoners, grocery-store clerks and first responders. State health Secretary Mandy Cohen says her agency is also moving toward periodic testing of all nursing home residents and staff.