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Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from governor
President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state’s Democratic governor doesn’t immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s tweets Monday about the RNC planned for Charlotte come just two days after the state recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office responded with a brief statement that state officials are working with the GOP on convention decisions. Cooper allowed the state to enter a second phase of gradual reopening Friday with some further loosening of restrictions on hair salons, barbers and restaurants.



Nesting loggerhead turtle found dead, investigation underway
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – The National Park Service says it is investigating after a nesting loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, with signs that the creature was run over by a vehicle. The female turtle came onto the beach early Monday morning and had begun to lay eggs in a nest in the sand, according to a news release from the federal park. That’s when it is believed a motor vehicle struck the the turtle. Intact eggs thought to be viable were discovered nearby, the park said. Loggerheads are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.



North Carolina man sentenced to prison for cyberstalking
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after sending hundreds of harassing messages to a woman in Maryland. The Charlotte-based federal prosecutor’s office said in a news release that 57-year-old Charles Timothy Browne of Statesville, was sentenced Thursday to 43 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to cyberstalking. Prosecutors say that Browne sent the woman approximately 730 harassing or intimidating text messages in December 2017 and January 2018. Authorities say that the text messages caused the woman substantial emotional distress and caused her to fear for her life.



Sheriff: Deputy shot armed man who disrupted church service
WAXHAW, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday. A spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were trying to determine why the man interrupted the service outside Oak Grove Baptist Church in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The man’s injuries weren’t considered life-threatening. Deputy Tony Underwood said the man lives across the road from the church and, from a driveway about 200 yards from the outdoor service, had been shouting obscenities at congregation members on Sunday and on previous occasions.



VIRUS DIARY: A Memorial Day visit, altered but not stopped
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) – Almost every year since 2010, writer Gary Fields has visited the grave of Lance Corporal Kevin Adam Lucas, a U.S. Marine. It’s a story that is etched in his memory. Lucas was 20 when he died in 2006 on a mission in Iraq’s Anbar province. He’d taken the place of a man whose child was about to be born. Fields met Lucas’ family doing a story and began to visit his grave at Arlington National Cemetery. He’d take Dr. Pepper, Lucas’ favorite, and pour it on his grave. But not this year. Because of the pandemic, this year Fields can’t go. But he’ll be having that Dr. Pepper at home.



Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A lawsuit filed by voting rights advocates claims North Carolina has failed to change its election laws to ensure that voters can safely cast ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit Democracy North Carolina and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina sued Friday on behalf of several elderly or disabled residents whose medical conditions make them more vulnerable to coronavirus. The federal lawsuit alleges that several aspects of North Carolina’s absentee vote-by-mail requirements are unconstitutional because voters will have to risk exposure to COVID-19 to successfully vote.



Police: 6 wounded in shooting in parking lot
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say six people were wounded in a shooting at a North Carolina parking lot where a fight broke out during a social gathering. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a news release that one of the people wounded in the shooting Saturday night in Charlotte was in serious but stable condition. The other five wounded people had injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Detectives believe an argument between people in the parking lot outside several closed businesses led to an exchange of gunfire.



National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from other people and wearing masks in public. It’s unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply. If not, popular national parks known for drawing shoulder-to-shoulder summer crowds could become the next U.S. hot spots. Park officials say they plan is to let folks guard themselves against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual national park dangers that range from altitude sickness to grizzly bears.



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