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It’s Trump’s call on what the GOP convention will look like
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the Republican National Convention won’t be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he’d anticipated. Already the late August event has moved from North Carolina to Florida, and now coronavirus cases are spiking and there’s an economic recession. Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the convention will be worth the trouble. Some are advocating that it be scrapped altogether. They reason that conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety those who attend. Ultimately, the call on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.
FATAL FIERY CAR CRASH
Fiery car crash in North Carolina leaves 3 men dead
GASTON, N.C. (AP) – Emergency responders say three men were found dead Sunday in North Carolina near the border with Virginia after firefighters extinguished a blaze in a wooded area following a car crash. The fire department in Gaston says firefighters at 8:02 a.m. responded to a call about a vehicle on fire along North Carolina Highway 48 in Pleasant Hill. They found a car split in two and fully engulfed in flames. The fire had already spread to surrounding brush. The department in a statement said the men were ejected from the vehicle in the crash, and their bodies were found when firefighters put out the blaze.
WRONG GEAR-CAR CRASH
Police: Driver accidentally backs car, hits 7 people
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Law enforcement authorities in North Carolina say four people were hospitalized Sunday after a woman put her vehicle into the wrong gear and backed into seven individuals. WBTV-TV reports the crash happened just before 10 a.m. in Charlotte. Police say the woman was trying to drive forward out of a parking space when she accidentally reversed, ran over the curb and hit the people. Police say four people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the woman had been handing out food to homeless people before the crash. Police have not released the name of the driver.
Demostrators gather near North Carolina Confederate statue
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) – Hundreds of people protested near a Confederate monument in a central North Carolina city where local officials have tried to limit the activities of demonstrators. WXII-TV reports the protesters on Saturday marched 1.5 miles from Burlington into downtown Graham, where the century-old statue of a soldier is located. The protest featured speeches calling for an end to racial oppression. Many demonstrators held signs and at one point chanted, “Racism, we are going to tear your kingdom down.” Law enforcement officers guarded the monument as part of a state of emergency declared Friday by the mayor of Graham ahead of the protest.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-FOREIGN WORKERS
As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers
BOSTON (AP) – Businesses in beach communities and mountain getaways up and down the East Coast are fretting about a shortage of workers as the summer season picks up steam. The concern comes after the Trump administration announced last month that it was extending a ban on green cards and adding many temporary visas to the freeze, including J-1 cultural exchange visas and H-2B visas. Workers with these visas are employed in forestry to fisheries to hospitality businesses. Businesses said they would like to hire Americans but that labor pools in their communities are too small. Other challenges are high housing prices.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS
UNC commission recommends re-naming 4 campus buildings
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A commission at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has voted in favor of a recommendation to rename four campus buildings that currently have ties to slaveholders or white supremacists. The Charlotte Observer reports the Friday recommendation from the Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward will go to school’s chancellor, who can then decide to forward it to the Board of Trustees. History professor Jim Leloudis co-chairs the commission. He says the four buildings at issue are named after men who “used their positions to impose and maintain violent systems of racial subjugation.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
N.C. senator says he’s tested positive for COVID-19
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina state senator has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first known public case for a General Assembly member. Robeson County Republican Sen. Danny Britt told The Associated Press he received the positive test on Friday. The 41-year-old was on the Senate floor on Wednesday as the chamber debated bills and cast votes. The entire legislature now isn’t expected to return to work until early September. Building administrators at the legislative complex in Raleigh have initiated health and social distancing measures since April. But Democrats have complained they aren’t strong enough and often criticized Republicans for failing to wear face coverings indoors.
Fay becomes post-tropical cyclone over eastern New York
MIAMI (AP) – A tropical storm that brought heavy rain to mid-Atlantic states and southern New England has been downgraded for a second time Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center says in its 5 a.m. advisory that Fay has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone. It was located about 30 miles south of Albany, New York. Fay had closed beaches and flooded shore towns after it made landfall as a tropical storm Friday afternoon in New Jersey. The forecast track put the system moving into western New England and then into southeastern Canada later Saturday and into Sunday. Forecasters again decreased expected rain totals to 1 to 2 inches.