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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
N.C. State Fair canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina State Fair has been canceled for this year due to safety, financial and attendance challenges from COVID-19. State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler made the announcement Wednesday. The fair was first held in 1853 is one of the state’s largest annual attractions, bringing in roughly 1 million visitors every October. The fair was last canceled due to World War II. Troxler also cited the uncertainty of whether current mass gathering restrictions will be eased. Otherwise, Troxler says a survey of past fair ticket buyers suggested that this year’s fair wouldn’t be well attended.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA-COOPER
Lawyers: Cooper didn’t need group’s consent for virus orders
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State lawyers representing North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper say he didn’t need the consent of other statewide elected leaders to issue COVID-19 orders shuttering businesses, limiting assemblies and mandating face coverings. The attorneys responded on Wednesday to a legal challenge by Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who says Cooper had to get the concurrence of the 10-member Council of State before acting. Forest sued Cooper earlier this month and wants enforcement of those orders blocked. A hearing happens next week. State lawyers cite a law they say lets Cooper act unilaterally when an emergency extends beyond the ability of local governments to handle.
RADIO SHOW HOST-DAUGHTER-DEAD
North Carolina radio show host’s daughter killed in crash
MORRESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The daughter of a radio show host in North Carolina has died in a car crash. News outlets report 21-year-old Payton Alizabeth Cannon was killed just after midnight Wednesday when her car veered off a road in Mooresville and hit a tree. Cannon’s father is David Cannon. He is known as Ace in “Ace & TJ,” a syndicated morning radio show that airs in Charlotte. The show said on Facebook that they have experienced a heart wrenching blow. A sergeant with the state highway patrol told The Charlotte Observer it’s believed Payton Cannon was traveling at about 80 mph during the crash. The official said the speed limit on the road was 45 mph.
ELECTION 2020-PENCE-NORTH CAROLINA
Pence urges in-person school during visit to North Carolina
APEX, N.C. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence says schools around the country will have the resources they need to reopen for in-person learning during a visit to a classroom of masked fourth graders at a North Carolina private school. Pence visited a Raleigh-area campus of Thales Academy on Wednesday as part of a push to encourage more K-12 schools to reopen with in-person instruction. The visit comes as President Donald Trump has threatened to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall. Critics have slammed Trump over the threats and argue that his administration hasn’t provided enough resources or guidance to schools.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-ROXBORO CURFEW
North Carolina city enacts curfew after police shoot man
ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) – Footage from a dashboard camera shows a Black man shot and killed by police in a North Carolina city appears to have pointed a gun at an officer. Release of the footage comes hours after officials in Roxboro declared a state of emergency and enacted a curfew for portions of the city. There have been demonstrations in the city since Friday, the day 45-year-old David Brooks Jr. was fatally shot by officers. Investigators say they found a loaded sawed-off shotgun at the scene, but they haven’t said whether Brooks was carrying the weapon.
North Carolina state Rep. Conrad to resign this week
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Four-term North Carolina state Rep. Deborah Conrad will resign her seat this week, with the possibility of returning to Raleigh soon as a lobbyist. The Forsyth County Republican will step down on Friday. Conrad announced last year she wouldn’t seek reelection in 2020. Conrad told the Winston-Salem Journal she’s considering a lobbying career. She’d have to wait at least six months before she could lobby the General Assembly. Forsyth County Republican activists would pick someone to fill the remainder of Conrad’s term through the end of the year. Another Republican is already running in November in her recently reconfigured district.
CAMPUS SHOOTING PLOT
College student takes plea deal in campus shooting plot
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina college student accused of plotting a campus shooting has agreed to a plea deal. WGHP reports 19-year-old Paul Arnold Steber of Boston pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge of possession of a firearm on educational property. In exchange, the court dismissed a second charge of having weapons on campus or other educational property and a count of communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property. Steber, who was a student at High Point University, admitted to police in an interview that he planned the shooting, and court documents indicated Steber was deemed a threat to society.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-GEORGE FLOYD HOLOGRAM
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.”