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Tillis, Cunningham meet for 1st televised NC Senate debate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham are meeting for their first televised debate. Cunningham and Tillis have agreed to three debates, the first of which will air live Monday evening from a Raleigh TV station. Tillis is a former state House speaker who is seeking his second Senate term. Cunningham once served in the legislature and ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2010. The outcome of their campaigns in the closely divided state could determine which party controls the Senate. Their other TV debates are scheduled for Sept. 22 and Oct. 1.



Four adults, one teen shot after verbal altercation at party
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Police in Wilson say four adults and one teenager were shot after a verbal altercation during a party. Police said that when officers responded to a report of gunfire at about 11 p.m. Saturday, they did not find any victims. WRAL-TV reports that all five victims were taken in private vehicles to local hospitals. Officials said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. The Wilson Police Department has not released information on a suspect. Neighbors in the area said they heard multiple gunshots.



Ivanka Trump to campaign for her father in North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign plans to host a “fireside chat” with Ivanka Trump in North Carolina on Monday. News outlets report that the event will be moderated by Trump 2020 National Press Secretary Hogan Gidley. It will be Ivanka Trump’s second visit to North Carolina in a week. On Thursday, she toured a local farmers market in Raleigh and participated in a Farmers to Families Food Box distribution event. President Trump has made numerous stops in North Carolina over the past couple of weeks, including in Wilmington, where he declared the city a “World War II Heritage City” on V-J Day.



Gun permit process could be slowed after positive virus test
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An employee in the Wake County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for COVID-19. The development could cause a disruption in responding to an unprecedented number of pistol permit applications. Sheriff Gerald Baker said he is working to put together a modified crew to meet with the hundreds of applicants who have appointments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Baker told The News & Observer that there may be delays. He said the office is processing about 2,000 permits a week and has a backlog of more than 4,000. The division has about 10 employees, who will have to be tested and isolated.



Durham police cite driver in crash that killed toddler
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have cited a woman in a head-on collision that led to the death of an 18-month-old boy days later. Durham police said the crash happened on Sept. 2. They said 48-year-old Miriam Parker of Durham was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion the wrong way on a dual lane highway and crashed head on into a 2006 Cadillac Escalade driven by 62-year-old Manley Mitchell of Durham. The toddler, Jeremiah Scott, was a passenger in Parker’s vehicle. He died as a result of his injuries.



Hikers find remains near campsite with a bear lurking nearby
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Hikers found a man’s remains scattered near a campsite in the North Carolina portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a bear lurked nearby. Rangers said in a news release that after finding an unoccupied tent, the backpackers saw what appeared to be human remains scattered across a nearby creek. They said a bear was scavenging in the area. The hikers quickly left to get cell coverage and reported what they encountered to authorities. Rangers said the remains were found near Hazel Creek Trail. The News & Observer reports that law enforcement rangers and wildlife officers were dispatched to the site immediately after the emergency call came in just after 7 p.m. Friday.



North Carolina man gets 8 years in child pornography case
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man with the username “NC Pig” has been sentenced to eight years in prison after authorities connected him to an online chatroom for child pornography. Federal prosecutors said William Gene Kaleb Koch pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography earlier this year and was sentenced before a federal judge Thursday. The 45-year-old Koch, of Wilmington, also received five years of supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a news release that federal agents traced Koch to the username “NC Pig” after infiltrating an online chatroom where Koch had shared pictures of child pornography.



US election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants
NEW YORK (AP) – The United States’ political leadership has historically been dominated by the mainline Protestant denominations – Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and others. During this volatile election year, however, those denominations have been mostly out of the national spotlight. Instead there’s been a steady stream of news about certain evangelical leaders – notably their close alliance with President Donald Trump. Meanwhile Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden, is being assailed by some fellow Catholics for his support of abortion rights. What’s different about the mainline churches? Their pastors generally don’t endorse political candidates, and their tradition of embracing congregations whose members hold diverse political views.



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