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North Carolina officials caution residents about Isaias
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is cautioning residents not to overlook the potential threats of Tropical Storm Isaias, which has weakened from a hurricane. The governor gave an update on the storm’s approach Sunday. He says tropical force winds are expected to begin after dark Monday and into Tuesday morning. He says tropical-storm-force winds are forecast for the eastern third of the state with gusts of 50 to 65 mph for the coastal plain and 30 to 45 mph in central North Carolina. Cooper says the storm turned more inland over the weekend. He says that increases the threat of heavy rain, tornadoes and flash flooding in eastern North Carolina.



Isaias strengthens slightly as it crawls up Florida coast
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s east coast is getting heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaias, with state officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus. Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday but still hit Florida with heavy rain and flooding. The National Hurricane Service said Sunday night that the storm is centered about 50 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and about 365 miles south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Isaias is forecast to be near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Carolinas. Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Floridians to take the storm seriously. Authorities closed beaches, parks and virus testing sites, lashing signs to palm trees so they wouldn’t blow away.



North Carolina prepares for Isaias
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is urging state residents to be prepared for Isaias. It weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday, but the storm is expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida. The governor authorized the activation of up to 150 members of the North Carolina National Guard in case they are needed for hurricane response. While the National Hurricane Center says Isaias should start impacting North Carolina on Monday, the governor’s office says dangerous rip currents are already occurring along the coastline now. Local officials already have ordered evacuations for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.



TV stations pull attack ad in North Carolina Senate race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina television stations have pulled a Republican attack ad against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham off the air after his campaign said the ad was not truthful. The Charlotte Observer reports that the National Republican Senatorial Committee paid for the ad. It ties Cunningham to a Paycheck Protection Program loan obtained by his former employer, WasteZero. It has been airing in the Raleigh and Charlotte television markets since July 28. Cunningham is running against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in one of the key races for determining control of the U.S. Senate.



RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final
WASHINGTON (AP) – A spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention has said the vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the news media present. However, an official with the Republican National Committee is contradicting that assessment, saying no final decision has been made. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. The spokeswoman for the convention cited the coronavirus for restricting press coverage of the Aug. 24 vote in Charlotte, North Carolina.



Woman who refused to give up bus seat to be honored
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman whose refusal to go to the back of a bus in 1952 sparked a change in law is being honored with a special day. News outlets report Sarah Keys Evans is being honored by the city of Roanoke Rapids on Saturday with a plaza bearing her name and murals depicting her arrest. Evans was on leave from the U.S. Army Women’s Army Corps when she boarded a bus from Trenton, New Jersey, to Washington, North Carolina. When the bus stopped in Roanoke Rapids, Evans refused the request of the bus driver to move to the back and was arrested.



Students return to campus amid virus growth in some states
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren’t finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What many of them found Friday were strict safety protocols and heightened anxiety amid a pandemic where virus infections are growing in more than two dozen states. Across the country, students are jumping through additional hoops by getting tests, navigating travel quarantines and abiding by strict rules. At North Carolina State University, the return of students was staggered over 10 days and students were greeted Friday by socially distant volunteers donning masks and face shields.



Judge orders partial release of video in man’s jail death
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A judge has ruled that two videos showing how a jailed North Carolina man was restrained before his death late last year should be released to the public. The Forsyth County judge said in Friday’s ruling that the release of video footage of 56-year-old John Neville is in the public interest. The Black man died of a brain injury on Dec. 4 at a Winston-Salem medical center. Five former detention officers and a nurse are charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case. áThe judge said videos won’t be publicly available before midday Wednesday.



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