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NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A spokeswoman for North Carolina’s governor says President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem this week violated state health and safety protocols but was not illegal. Thousands of supporters who attended Tuesday’s rally were seen crammed together without masks or the 6 feet of physical distancing that the White House itself has recommended. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has limited mass gatherings to 50 people outdoors. Cooper spokeswoman Dory MacMillan says there is an exception for First Amendment activities including political rallies. But in a written statement, she also admonished the Trump campaign for putting people’s health at risk by ignoring the rules.
Dem report: Postal Service changes delay prescription drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) – Delivery of mail-order prescription drugs was delayed significantly this summer after the new postmaster general ordered major changes in U.S. Postal Service operations. That’s what a report by Senate Democrats finds. The report contradicts public claims by Louis DeJoy that the recent moves he imposed “should not have impacted anybody.? The report found that prescription drug orders filled by mail increased by one-fifth during the coronavirus pandemic, and deliveries for medications that previously took two days or three days now take an extra day. The report was based on information from five of the largest pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers in the country that provide mail order service.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
DA: No charges for North Carolina officer in fatal shooting
ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina district attorney says no charges will be filed against a police officer who fatally shot a Black man who pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the officer. Person County District Attorney Mike Waters said Wednesday that after reviewing the dashboard video, he determined that the officer “reasonably … did fear for his life, and he was justified in using deadly force.” Police say 45-year-old David Brooks Jr. of Roxboro was shot on July 24 after officers responded to a call about a man wearing a mask and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun walking down a highway and near a discount retail store.
COVID-19 money to improve internet access for NC students
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s state government is using federal COVID-19 relief dollars to purchase equipment so more public school students access online classes and homework help. Gov. Roy Cooper announced this week that nearly $40 million would go toward a new partnership involving his administration called NC Student Connect. It’s designed to improve reliable internet for children as they learn remotely this fall due to coronavirus restrictions. Most of the money will be used to buy and distribute 100,000 wireless high-speed hot spots for students. Other funds will set up high-speed internet in more public locations.
Lowe’s vendor in Italy to bring jobs to North Carolina
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a vendor for North Carolina-based Lowe’s home improvement stores is planning to bring 144 jobs from Italy to its new U.S. headquarters in Mooresville. The Charlotte Observer reports the town of Mooresville approved a $551,000 incentives grant for FITT Group, based in Sandrigo, Italy, over five years. Officials also said Iredell County plans to schedule a public hearing to consider a grant of up to $470,000 for the company. FITT Group has made pipes, hoses and conduits for use in homes, businesses and industrial sites for more than 50 years. It sells its products to major retail chains including Lowe’s and Home Depot.
ELECTION 2020-DUELING CAMPAIGNS
Trump and Biden run vastly different pandemic campaigns
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are taking diametrically opposite approaches to campaigning during a pandemic. With less than eight weeks until the Nov. 3 election, the candidates are effectively staking out different visions for the country. Biden is emphasizing guidelines supported by local health officials. Trump is railing against restrictions that he argues are politically motivated, though he isn’t backing up those claims with evidence. Trump prefers indoor arenas, but after a June rally in Oklahoma, when the president addressed a half-empty arena, his campaign decided to move to airport hangars and tarmacs. Biden has appeared in public sparingly since the pandemic, and with the strictest adherence to state guidelines.
Ex-UNC women’s basketball coach pleads guilty in crash
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Former University of North Carolina basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a traffic accident in January that killed an elderly woman. The Durham County District Attorney’s Office says Hatchell pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor death by vehicle. She was sentenced to 30 days, which was suspended for six months of unsupervised probation. Hatchell also was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, pay a $150 fine and $150 in court costs. Police said 89-year-old Betty Colby was killed when she hit her head on the parking lot of a fitness center after she was hit by a car.
USGA to create campus at Pinehurst; No. 2 gets 4 more Opens
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The United States Golf Association will move its equipment testing center and some other offices to North Carolina as part of a $36 million investment within the iconic golfing village of Pinehurst. The USGA made the announcement Wednesday. The association’s foundation and turfgrass management agency also will move from New Jersey to Pinehurst. A visitor center and USGA satellite museum will be built in the village. The USGA also announced that it has awarded four additional men’s U.S. Opens to the Pinehurst No. 2 course through 2047. The association could receive over $21 million in government incentives as part of the relocation.