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ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA RUNOFF
Cawthorn, 24, defeats Trump’s pick in N Carolina GOP primary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A 24-year-old candidate has won the Republican nomination for a western North Carolina congressional primary, beating President Donald Trump’s choice for the seat recently held by his chief of staff. Tuesday’s election results show real estate investment firm CEO Madison Cawthorn handily defeated Lynda Bennett in the 11th Congressional District runoff. Bennett had received Trump’s endorsement earlier this month and had the backing of Mark Meadows, who held the seat for more than seven years but decided not to run again. Meadows resigned from Congress in March as he became chief of staff. Cawthorn will take on Democrat Moe Davis in November.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Amusement parks, July 4 events latest N.C. reopen bills OK’d
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized yet another Republican attempt to let more businesses reopen despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 restrictions on commerce. Lawmakers also sent the Democratic governor a measure approved Tuesday that would prevent his executive order limiting outdoor gatherings from blocking July 4 parades or fireworks. Cooper already has vetoed two bills pushed by the GOP-controlled legislature designed to overturn his executive orders that have kept bars and gyms shuttered since March. Amusement parks, wedding reception venues and fairs and carnivals would be the latest entities targeted for reopening in a bill approved Tuesday.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-VIOLENT SUMMER?
Spate of shootings raises fears of a violent summer
CHICAGO (AP) – A spate of shootings around the country has law enforcement worried that this summer could be a violent one. The shootings are happening in a turbulent brew of a pandemic that has left many without jobs, protests against racism, historic surges in gun sales and a rancorous election season. One silver lining: This year is on pace to have half as many mass shootings as the record-breaking 2019. But according to the Gun Violence Archive, other non-suicidal gun deaths are on pace to exceed last year.
Former university chancellor sues UNC system over his exit
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The former chancellor of East Carolina University has sued the University of North Carolina system over his departure. The News & Observer reports a lawsuit filed by former Chancellor Cecil Staton says his exit from his job last year was the result of a vendetta by a school official. Staton says the issue between him and Harry Smith, university system’s former board of governors chairman, resulted from his refusal to accept Smith’s business proposal about off-campus student housing. The lawsuit filed this month also alleges Smith and others disseminated a dossier that hurt Staton’s chances at getting another job. Smith has denied the allegations.
Shark bite leaves N. Carolina teen with 40 puncture wounds
CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) – A teenage boy was left with 40 puncture wounds after being bitten by a shark last week on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. WTVD-TV reported Monday that Oak Ridge resident Nick Arthur was bitten on the left leg Thursday just yards off the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The bite came while the 16-year-old Arthur was jumping over waves on a sandbar. The shark let go of Arthur after his father hit it on the snout. Arthur was taken to a hospital and received several stitches. He had no serious injuries.
ELECTION 2020-THE LATEST
The Latest: Primary race for Engel’s seat too early to call
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District is too early to call. As of 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, challenger Jamaal Bowman had roughly 61% of the counted vote. Incumbent Eliot Engel was in second with about 36% of the counted vote. New York counties didn’t release any mail ballots Tuesday, which could account for more than half the vote. Counties have until July 1 to start releasing the results of mail ballots. The congressional race is among dozens of races in the state in which The Associated Press did not declare winners on Tuesday.
North Carolina DOT Secretary Boyette confirmed by Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Senate has confirmed the appointment of Gov. Roy Cooper’s transportation secretary. The Senate voted unanimously late Monday for Eric Boyette, whom Cooper chose for the DOT post in February as the successor to Secretary Jim Trogdon. Boyette had already been through the confirmation process in 2017, when Cooper named him the secretary of the Department of Information Technology. Boyette had already been through the confirmation process in 2017, when Cooper named him the secretary of the Department of Information Technology. The General Assembly approved a 2016 law subjecting the governor’s choices to run his top agencies to Senate confirmation votes.
Boston man gets probation in bail fraud scheme
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Boston man who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to cheat senior citizens out of cash by pretending to be a relative who’s in jail and needs bail money has been sentenced to three years of probation. Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island said Tuesday that 32-year-old Julio Feliciano was also ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and repay his victims $31,500. Prosecutors say Feliciano and his accomplices last year used fake names to contact older residents of North Carolina, Delaware, Illinois, and Tennessee. The victims were asked to send cash to addresses in Rhode Island, which Feliciano picked up.