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Mike Pence to visit Raleigh in push for schools to reopen
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence will travel to a private school in Raleigh, North Carolina, to highlight how they’ve worked to resume in-person classes safely in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit comes as President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos urge states to adopt a default approach to let K-12 students go to classes in the fall entirely in person. The Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal funds from districts that adopt a hybrid model or go entirely online. Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has directed school districts to reopen with a mix of online and in-person instruction or fully remote learning.



Cooper: Alcohol sales at N.C. restaurants ending earlier
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s curbing alcohol sales hours at restaurants starting later this week in another effort to stem COVID-19. Cooper announced on Tuesday that starting Friday the eateries, distilleries and breweries will have to cut off sales at 11 p.m. instead of 2 a.m. Health officials says they’re concerned more young people are contracting the virus and want to discourage late-night gatherings where social distancing isn’t happening. The order doesn’t apply to grocery or convenience stores, and bars remain closed. The state reported a record number of virus-related hospitalizations on Tuesday, but the health secretary some case trends are stabilizing. 



Here’s how Trump’s opposition to mail voting hurts the GOP
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s campaign against voting by mail is setting his party back in the race to sign its voters up for the easiest and safest way to cast a ballot during the pandemic. Republican strategists have worried privately for months that the president’s baseless claims of widespread mail voting fraud would put them at a disadvantage in November. Now that seems to be coming true. Republicans have traditionally dominated in mail voting in Florida. But now Democrats have leapt ahead in the race requesting mail ballots. The situation is similar is several other swing states.



Authorities: Professor died by suicide after backlash
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The death of a North Carolina professor who recently announced his retirement amid backlash for comments he made on social media has been ruled a suicide. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation showed University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor Mike Adams had killed himself with a single gunshot wound to the head. Officials say his body was found last Thursday by deputies doing a welfare check at his home after he wasn’t seen or heard from in several days. The latest controversy involving Adams happened in late May when he called the state’s governor “Massa Cooper” on Twitter. An online petition and some celebrities had called for his firing.



Man drowns after trying to rescue dog in east Tennessee lake
HAMPTON, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man has drowned while trying to rescue a dog that had jumped into an east Tennessee lake. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says 52-year-old Eric Jordan was on a boat traveling on Watauga Lake on Friday evening when a dog entered the water. Jordan jumped into the water while the boat was still moving to rescue the dog, but Jordan began to struggle. A bystander on a nearby houseboat entered the water and pulled him onboard. CPR was administered but Jordan could not be revived. His body has been taken to Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for an autopsy.



George Floyd’s family gathers in Virginia to unveil hologram
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The family of George Floyd witnessed the unveiling of a hologram in Virginia Tuesday night, where flickering lights came together to create an image of Floyd’s head and shoulders transposed over the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. The event in Richmond on historic Monument Avenue was the first public unveiling of the George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project. A press release says the project aims to “transform spaces that were formerly occupied by racist symbols of America’s dark Confederate past into a message of hope, solidarity and forward-thinking change.”



DA: Not enough evidence for murder charges in man’s death
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina district attorney says there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute anyone in the death of a man who had been beaten by police officers one year earlier. WRAL reports an autopsy showed Kyron Hinton died in February 2019 of cocaine toxicity and a neck injury that might indicate homicide. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said she notified Hinton’s family on Tuesday that she would not proceed on any murder charges. Two state troopers and a Wake County sheriff’s deputy were accused of using excessive force against Hinton in 2018 after responding to 911 calls about a man acting erratically and who was possibly armed.



Winston-Salem cancels annual fair amid COVID-19 concerns
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C (AP) – A North Carolina city has canceled an annual fair amid concerns over a rising trend in local COVID-19 cases and restrictions on mass gatherings. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that officials in Winston-Salem say that with annual attendance for the newly named Carolina Classic Fair expected to approach 300,000, city leaders are concerned there is no way to eliminate the risk of spreading the virus. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines says not holding the fair is the correct course of action given the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Forsyth County. Fairgrounds staff will explore ways to hold certain aspects of the fair virtually.



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