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Passenger dies more than a week after South Carolina crash
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – A passenger has died more than a week after a crash on Interstate 26 in South Carolina.
The Highway Patrol tells local media outlets that the crash happened April 20 at the I-26 eastbound ramp to southbound Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County.
Troopers say a car was using the exit ramp, slowed down, then tried to re-enter traffic on I-26 when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
The driver and two passengers in the car were taken to a hospital. On Sunday, one of those passengers died. A name has not been released.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The Highway Patrol says the driver of the car, 63-year-old Tara Anderson of Candler, North Carolina, has been charged with impeding traffic.



2 bodies pulled from N. Carolina lake after empty boat found
ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two bodies have been pulled from a North Carolina lake after an empty boat was found floating in the water
Authorities tell local media outlets a man’s body was recovered from Hyco Lake on Sunday afternoon. A woman’s body was pulled from the late last week.
The Person County Sheriff’s Office says a fisherman on Wednesday found an empty boat in the lake near the Person-Caswell county line. Crews recovered the body of Jill Caldwell of Yanceyville and continued to search for a man who had been with her.
On Sunday, crews recovered the body of Thomas Smith of Mebane.
Authorities say their boat had motor damage but are still investigating what happened.



“Moral Monday” movement turning 5 years old with rally
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An effort by North Carolina civil rights groups and citizens opposing Republican policies at the North Carolina General Assembly is returning to where it began five years ago.
Movement organizers planned a get-out-the-vote rally late Monday on state government’s Halifax Mall in Raleigh.
The mall has been a frequent meeting point for the demonstrators before entering the Legislative Building to perform civil disobedience. Police arrested 17 protesters inside the building on April 29, 2013.
The “Moral Monday” events took off in size and scope, ultimately leading to more than 1,000 arrests.
The Rev. William Barber led the movement as state NAACP president. Current president the Rev. T. Anthony Spearman says Monday’s event – a week before the primary – will focus on issues like immigration, voting rights and environmental justice.



3 charged in early-morning North Carolina robbery
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) – Three suspects have been arrested in the death of a 26-year-old North Carolina man killed when robbers opened fire on a pickup truck.
Hoke County officials tell media outlets Laroyce McLean, Sherron Leach and James Quick were charged Sunday night with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. It wasn’t known if they had attorneys.
Sheriff Hubert Peterkin says the victims and two robbers had been at a house party. The shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday after the robbers followed them and approached them at a stop sign.
The sheriff said 26-year-old Richard Locklear of Hoke County was shot to death. Locklear’s 2-year-old son was with him but not hurt. Another man in the truck was wounded but expected to survive. A woman was hurt by shattered glass.



Renovation work continues at Wright brothers visitor center
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – Renovations to the nearly 50-year-old visitor center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks could be done by fall.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the renovation at the memorial to the pioneers of flight could be finished by late 2018 after some delays. The building in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
The center, which is nearly 10,000 square feet, closed in 2016 for upgrades and modernization of exhibits. It was expected to reopen by the spring.
Dave Hallac is a National Parks Service superintendent who oversees the memorial. He says work will take until the fall.
A modular building has served as a temporary visitor center. The monument and outdoor exhibits including a replica hangar remain open to the public.
Hallac said the new visitor center will have a wow-factor.



Lemur facility in North Carolina announces 2 healthy infants
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke University has announced that two lemurs were born in recent weeks at its facility dedicated to the study and care of the endangered mammals.
The Duke Lemur Center said the two infants born separately in March are blue-eyed black lemurs, among the most endangered type of lemurs. The lemurs are named Hamill and Gellar in honor of actor Mark Hamill and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The Star Wars actor responded on Twitter that he’s honored that the animal was named for him.
The center said that the births help increase genetic diversity among a safety net of captive lemurs outside of their habitat in Madagascar.
The Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, said both young lemurs are healthy.



Bus carrying high school chorus crashes in South Carolina
COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say 17 people were hurt, two seriously, when a charter bus carrying a high school chorus team crashed in South Carolina.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy tells WCIV-TV the crash happened early Sunday on Interstate 95 in the state’s southeast. He says the bus was carrying about 30 students and adult chaperones back to North Carolina. The chorus is from Beddingfield High School in Wilson.
McRoy said the bus heading northbound ran off the left side, crossed southbound lanes and went down an embankment.
McRoy said two suffered serious injuries, including the driver. Nine others were taken to the hospital by paramedics, and six more arrived later for treatment.
The Beddingfield Chorus Facebook account said all students and chaperones treated at the hospital “should be fine.”



Land deal will preserve site linked to Lost Colony mystery
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Efforts to unravel the mysterious fate of North Carolina’s fabled Lost Colony could benefit after a land trust bought a coastal property where archaeologists believe at some of the colonists resettled.
For the first time, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust borrowed money to buy land, paying more than $5 million for 1,000 acres. Eventually, the trust will turn over the waterfront tract to the state, preserving it for future study.
England’s ill-fated first settlement in North America has piqued popular imagination and intrigued historians for centuries.
In 1587, 116 English settlers landed on Roanoke Island in what is now North Carolina, but they later vanished.
The property also was home to an Indian village and the plantation of Thomas Pollock, who was governor in the early 1700s.