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NC governor’s race sets pace for Democrats in the South
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s gubernatorial election between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest provides one of Joe Biden’s best chances for victory in the South. With less than three months until Election Day, the governor is in prime position to win reelection, with a lead over Forest in public opinion polls. Cooper has earned high praise for his proactive, but balanced approach to controlling the coronavirus. His reelection path offers clues to what will work for Southern Democrats in an election cycle that will once again determine control of the White House and Congress.



Prosecutors charge 19 in North Carolina with voter fraud
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in North Carolina have announced voter fraud charges against 19 non-citizens accused of illegally casting a ballot in 2016. Each defendant voted in a federal election in 2016, and one defendant also voted in 2018, according to a news release Wednesday from the office of U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin. In some instances, the defendants were also charged with related offenses such as making a false statement. Brief charging documents provided few details about the allegations against any of the defendants. Many did not have an attorney listed in court records.



Mike Pence visiting North Carolina for anti-abortion rally
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is set to arrive in the presidential battleground state of North Carolina to promote an anti-abortion agenda and candidates. Pence is scheduled Thursday to participate in a discussion at a women’s health center in Raleigh before speaking at a rally put on by the anti-abortion political group Susan B. Anthony List. Pence was also expected to receive the endorsement of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association while in Raleigh. The vice president’s visit comes one day after President Donald Trump visited Wilmington to declared it a World War II “Heritage City.” Trump is also expected to be in Winston-Salem next week.



Ex-NC Rep. Goodwin, who made history with childbirth, dies
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s first lawmaker to give birth while holding office has died at age 50. The husband of former state Rep. Melanie Wade Goodwin announced on Wednesday that she died Tuesday night after she was diagnosed with cancer more than a decade ago. Goodwin was an attorney who served in the state House from 2005 through 2010. She gave birth to the couple’s second child in 2008. áAt the time she said she hoped her juggling of legislative and family duties would serve as a model that both could be done. Goodwin recently worked at the state Industrial Commission.



Sheriff: Body of 1 child swept away found; boy still missing
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say crews have found the body of one child swept away by floodwaters earlier this week in North Carolina but a search is still underway for a second missing child. Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell told TV station WRAL Alexa Castro’s body was found around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a creek near the Neuse River. Crews were still searching by water, land and air for a 4-year-old boy who went missing at the same time in Smithfield. The children’s mother called 911 late Monday to report that her car had been swept into a creek. Rescuers were able to get her to safety.



Officials: Man bought more than 560 sneakers with fake card
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man who purchased more than 560 pairs of high-end sneakers using a counterfeit credit card has been sentenced to prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release 36-year-old Charles Vincent Brown was sentenced last week to 51 months in prison. Authorities say Brown, Robert Nathaniel Johnson III and others used a stolen credit card number to create the counterfeit cards in 2018. The release says those cards were used to purchase more than $250,000 in merchandise from different stores. Investigators seized the sneakers and other items when they searched Brown’s apartment. Johnson has been convicted on fraud charges.



Trump takes jab at Biden during V-J Day visit to battleship
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump sped through a V-J Day speech on Wednesday as thunderstorms threatened, trumpeting American strength and managing to squeeze in shots at Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump stood before an iconic World War II-era battleship to declare the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, a World War II “Heritage City.” He honored war veterans, including 97-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams, who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Trump said Williams is “100 percent sharp.” Then he added that he knew of a 78-year-old who is “not so sharp” – a clear allusion to Biden.



Carolina University student dies in quarry drowning
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A soccer player and student at Carolina University in Winston-Salem has drowned in a quarry. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wednesday that Emmanuel Korwor Konneh drowned at Balfour Quarry in Salisbury. He and three friends had gone to the area to swim Konneh had moved with his family to the Concord area from Liberia over two years ago. He was a freshman soccer player at Carolina University. The school was formerly known as Piedmont International University. Konneh was a freshman in the Patterson School of Business. He was pursuing a management degree.