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Developers cancel long-delayed, $8B Atlantic Coast Pipeline
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have announced they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project due to delays and “increasing cost uncertainty.” Despite a recent victory before the U.S. Supreme Court over a critical permit, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy said in a statement Sunday that “recent developments have created an unacceptable layer of uncertainty” for the $8 billion, 600-mile project designed to cross parts of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The project has drawn fierce opposition from a coalition of landowners, activists and environmental advocates.
FATAL SHOOTING-FOURTH OF JULY
Police: Woman killed by Fourth of July ‘celebratory gunfire’
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 74-year-old North Carolina woman was fatally shot by “celebratory gunfire” on the Fourth of July. Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis said in a statement that “reckless behavior” led to the shooting death of Paulette Thorpe late Saturday. Davis said some people “carelessly” fired guns into the air during the holiday celebration. Police say Thorpe died at a hospital.
1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes
WASHINGTON (AP) – To win Florida and other pivotal swing states in November, Joe Biden is not only hoping to run up the score against President Donald Trump with Latino voters but also to push the community’s turnout to levels far higher than when Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. A key to doing that is a deeper understanding of Latino voters’ backgrounds thanks to new advancements in “micro-targeting.” That means using data modeling of voter populations to produce ads and customize political outreach efforts aimed at individual ethnic groups within the larger Latino community. The Republican Party has also tailored messages to Latinos from different backgrounds.
ELECTION 2020-CHANGING SOUTH
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift
ATLANTA (AP) – From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and segregation. And with today’s national reckoning on racism, Democratic leaders are hoping for a fundamental shift at the ballot box. Many Southern electorates are getting younger, less white and more urban, and are less likely to embrace President Donald Trump’s white identity politics. Southern Democrats are assembling a diverse group of candidates for state and congressional offices to join presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden on the ticket. They believe Biden can appeal to perhaps the nation’s most culturally conservative region.
FATAL CRASH-NORTH CAROLINA
Relative: Parents, 2 children among 5 killed in car crashes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina couple and their two daughters were among five people killed in a chain of car crashes started by a speeding driver. State Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Pierce told The Charlotte Observer that police would release victims’ names after troopers complete their investigation of Friday night’s deadly crashes on Interstate 485 in north Charlotte. However, the newspaper said a relative of the four family members killed in one of the collisions identified them as Matthew and Andrea Obester and their daughters, 7-year-old Violet and 12-year-old Elizabeth. Matthew Obester’s mother said the Belmont family was heading to pick up a new custom wedding band for Andrea.
Civil rights groups sue to block city’s limits on protests
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Civil rights groups have sued to block a North Carolina city from enforcing an ordinance that requires permits for protests. The Herald-Sun reports that a federal judge scheduled a hearing Monday on the groups’ request for a temporary restraining order against city officials in Graham, the county seat of Alamance County. The group’s lawsuit argues that the city ordinance unconstitutionally requires protesters to have a permit to march while carrying a sign. The suit also says the ordinance illegally restricts the size and conduct of permitted protests. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the NAACP’s Alamance County branch.
5 killed, 3 injured in North Carolina highway crash
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Five people have been killed and at least three others seriously injured after a crash on a highway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Emergency medical officials say the Friday evening crash happened on Interstate 485 in north Charlotte. Officials did not immediately release the identity of the victims or say how the crash happened.