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Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump says he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus. Trump tweeted the news Tuesday night, complaining that the state’s governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, and other officials “refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena” and are not “allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised.” Trump and the Republican National Committee had been demanding that the convention be allowed to move forward with a full crowd and no face coverings.



North Carolina cities impose curfews in protests’ aftermath
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s capital city is enacting an 8 p.m. curfew starting Monday night. The move comes after two nights of protests over the death of George Floyd that led to street fires, store break-ins, and fireworks being thrown at police officers. Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said in a news release Monday that she hopes the curfew will allow the city to recover. The curfew will last each day until 5 a.m. and will remain in place until Baldwin declares it’s over. Baldwin said those caught violating the curfew will face a misdemeanor charge and fine. Certain key professions are exempt.



North Carolina fire chief resigns after Facebook post
BAYBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina fire chef has resigned after a comment he made on a Facebook post referring to people protesting the death of George Floyd at a local city hall. The Sun Journal of New Bern reports Chief Steven Jennings of the Triangle Fire Department turned in his resignation in a letter on Monday. On an unidentified post showing a photograph of protesters lying on the ground around City Hall in New Bern, Jennings commented, “Oh please come lay on the road in front of my driveway. You will quickly become a greasy spot in the highway.” 



N.C. ballot access bill clears Senate panel with changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Consensus legislation designed to help North Carolina voters worried about COVID-19 gain access to absentee ballots received some changes before clearing a state Senate panel. The Senate elections committee on Tuesday approved the measure that retained all of the provisions included in the legislation when the House voted for it overwhelmingly last week. The bill in part expands options for registered voters to receive absentee ballot request forms, including the creation of an online portal for submissions. The committee also approved an amendment that its sponsor says will help investigate attempts at potential ballot fraud and harvesting using the portal.



Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician
Prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of North Carolina says U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. also sentenced Joseph Cecil Vandevere on Tuesday to áyear of supervised release. A jury convicted the 53-year-old man of posting a threatening tweet directed at Virginia politician Qasim Rashid. The March 2018 tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.”



North Carolina man killed when moped struck by SUV
WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a man was killed when he drove his moped into the path of an oncoming SUV. WITN reports the patrol said 24-year-old Zachary Blake of Washington was headed west on U.S. Highway 264 in Beaufort County around 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Trooper C.J. Clark says Blake was making a left turn to cross the median, and as he crossed the eastbound lane, he was hit by the SUV. Clark said no charges have been filed in connection with the accident so far.



Police take knee with protesters in North Carolina city
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police officers in the North Carolina city of Fayetteville took a knee in solidarity with protesters two days after the area had experienced violence and looting. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the incident occurred Monday night following protests against police brutality. Nearly 300 protesters were facing a line of police officers in riot gear when the activists lowered down and chanted, “I can’t breathe.” Police officers followed suit, prompting cheers and applause from the activists. Some shook hands and fist-bumped with law enforcement. One woman approached several officers and hugged them. Protests have sprung up across the country following the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.



School: Students, staff made racist remarks on protests
CARY, N.C. (AP) – A public school system in North Carolina has suspended a school bus driver for comments about the national protests over the death of George Floyd. A statement by Wake County Public School officials says they also plan to take disciplinary actions against students who made racist statements on social media about the protests over the weekend and on Monday. A school spokeswoman did not provide details about the alleged statements to the The News & Observer citing student confidentiality policies. The bus driver did not respond to a request for comment by the newspaper.



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