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Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain
MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Arthur brought heavy rain to North Carolina’s coast on Monday as forecasters warned that the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could also spread life-threatening surf and rip currents will spread along U.S. East coast beaches in the days ahead. With Arthur’s center passing off North Carolina, towns near the coast including Newport and Havelock recorded more than 4 inches (10 cm) of rain Monday morning as others approached that number, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts of at least 40 mph (64 kph) were recorded in at least two places on the Outer Banks, the weather service said.



Prosecutors urge NC high court to uphold murder convictions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors in North Carolina are urging the state’s Supreme Court to uphold the murder convictions of a woman and her father who were convicted of beating her husband to death in Davidson County. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has filed a 96-page brief with the high court. Molly Corbett, and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens, were convicted in the death of Irish businessman Jason Corbett. Molly Corbett and her father claim self defense. Prosecutor’s criticize an appeals court ruling that overturned the convictions. The appeals court had said that the trial judge made errors that deprived Molly Corbett and Martens of having a fair trial.



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.



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.



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.



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. 



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