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Trump to visit North Carolina, cite work on COVID-19 vaccine
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina on Monday to tour a business that is participating in work on a COVID-19 vaccine. The White House said Trump is expected to speak about the collaboration between the administration and the private sector to rapidly develop a vaccine and ensure rapid distribution once ready. North Carolina is a key battleground state in the coming election, and Trump’s visit marks his 10th trip there during his presidency. Trump is seeking to highlight progress on a vaccine and therapeutics as the country struggles to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
ELECTION 2020-REPUBLICAN CONVENTION
Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is having to shift plans for the Republican National Convention again. Trump has scrapped convention events scheduled for Florida next month, citing a “flare-up” of the coronavirus. Trump’s formal renomination will still go forward in North Carolina. Trump made the announcement Thursday at the White House. He had moved parts of the GOP convention to Florida last month amid a dispute with North Carolina’s Democratic leaders over holding an indoor gathering with maskless supporters. But those plans were steadily scaled back as virus cases spiked in Florida and much of the country over the last month.
PROFESSOR FOUND DEAD-SOCIAL MEDIA
North Carolina professor found dead weeks after backlash
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have discovered the body of a North Carolina professor who recently announced his retirement amid backlash over his comments on social media. Deputies found the body of 55-year-old UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams while performing a wellness check at his home. Investigators did not release additional details about the circumstances of Adams’ death. In May, the white professor referred to Gov. Roy Cooper as “Massa Cooper” and compared coronavirus restrictions to living in a “slave state.” The tweets prompted more than 60,000 people to sign an online petition to get Adams fired from his job.
BC-NC-FORT BRAGG-PARATROOPER DEATH
Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in Syria after ATV overturns
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – A paratrooper based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has died after his vehicle rolled over in the country of Syria. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Sgt. Bryan Mount died on Tuesday. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and a cavalry scout in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment. The 25-year-old was from St. George, Utah. Military officials said Mount was injured when his mine resistant, all-terrain vehicle rolled over. The Department of Defense said the accident occurred while Mount was conducting reconnaissance operations in eastern Syria. The incident remains under investigation. Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, the commander of the 82nd, said Mount was “a true American hero paratrooper.”
VIRUS OUTBREAK-VOTING MACHINES
North Carolina group asks judge to stop touch-screen voting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina NAACP has asked a judge to bar the use of a touch-screen voting machine in several counties due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Charlotte Observer reports the group made the request to a Wake County judge Wednesday. The injunction says the machines create risks to voters because they will be touched by many people. The request comes more than three months after the civil rights organization filed a lawsuit against state and local election officials seeking to stop its use. The Observer reports the state attorney general’s office has asked a judge to dismiss that lawsuit. A state election official says officials have been instructed about cleaning the machines.
Ex-college basketball coach avoids jail for fatal punch
NEW YORK (AP) – A former men’s college basketball assistant coach has been sentenced to three years of probation, community service and a fine for fatally punching a man in New York City who pounded on his car’s window. Former Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones, 37, was sentenced Thursday in a Queens court video conference to probation, 1,500 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine. Jones, of North Carolina, was convicted in February of misdemeanor assault for the punch that killed 35-year-old Sandor Szabo in August 2018. He apologized for the first time in court Thursday, while the victim’s family criticized state laws that prohibited Jones from being charged with a felony.
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County ban late-night alcohol sales
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Officials in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and a handful of other towns are restricting alcohol sales after 11 p.m. to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. The Charlotte Observer reports that the ban starts Thursday night. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department leaders have said they will enforce the order. Other towns that said they will enact such an order include Davidson, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said officials are enacting the restrictions after seeing videos of people in restaurants and bars not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.
North Carolina woman attacked by rabid fox while on her bed
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman says she was attacked on her bed by a rabid fox who entered her home through a dog door. Julie Loflin told WGHP-TV the fox came into her bedroom in Greensboro Sunday night. She says the animal then jumped on her bed, bit her finger and grabbed her ankle by its mouth. Loflin says she grabbed the animal by its neck for more than 12 minutes as she waited for police to arrive. The news outlet reports authorities pulled the fox away from her after they got to the house. She has injuries on her ankle and finger and has been given a rabies vaccine.