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Rally with Jacob Blake’s family held in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Members of Jacob Blake’s family attended a rally in Charlotte on Sunday and called for an end to a “vicious cycle of hate.” The News & Observer reports Jacob Blake’s sister, Letetra Widman, made those comments as she spoke in front of a crowd of more than 150 people in the city. Blake, a Black man, has been paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot seven times by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father, a Charlotte resident, also spoke at the rally, and the crowd then marched to a Black Lives Matter mural in the city.



Police say 2-year-old shot in central N. Carolina has died
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a central North Carolina city say a 2-year-old boy who shot himself with a firearm has died. Fayetteville police said in a news release they were notified of the boy’s death on Saturday. Police went Wednesday to a residence on the city’s north side to respond to a shooting report. Officers are still investigating what happened, but the release says the yet-identified child received “a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” At least three other people were inside the home.



Grant to help North Carolina buy rail for high-speed service
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina will use a $47.5 million federal grant to purchase a rail line needed to advance planned high-speed passenger train service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia. The money will let the state transportation department buy rail from CSX Corp. from Raleigh north to Warren County, near the Virginia line. áNorth Carolina and Virginia have been working on the high-speed plan for nearly 30 years. The rail service envisioned would include passenger trains that could go 110 mph between Raleigh and Richmond. Virginia struck a deal last year to buy the CSX rail corridor from the state line north to near Petersburg.



N. Carolina man faces over 300 sex-related charges
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man faces more than 300 separate counts for sex-related crimes involving a juvenile. The Hoke County sheriff said Sunday that Joshuah Taylor Bradshaw, 30, was apprehended by the FBI in Mississippi and returned to the county. The sheriff says detectives went to a Raeford home last month for a reported juvenile sexual assault. Arrest warrants were obtained, but Bradshaw left North Carolina. He’s now in the Hoke detention center on a $20 million bond while awaiting a first court appearance on Monday. áA jail official had no information about whether Bradshaw has a lawyer.



Coastal flooding along N.C. Outer Banks closes roads
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) – High tides and Hurricane Teddy are causing travel problems along North Carolina’s Outer Banks and threatens problems going up to Tidewater Virginia. Portions of the primary road linking North Carolina’s Outer Banks barrier islands to the mainland were closed Sunday to traffic due to coastal flooding. North Carolina Highway 12 was impassable in long stretches on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Hurricane Teddy was several hundred miles off in the Atlantic, but the system was creating rough surf and dangerous rip currents. The National Weather Service posted coastal flood warnings until Monday for Hatteras Island, heading north to Virginia Beach, Virginia.



NC unemployment rate falls to nearly half of lockdown’s peak
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped markedly in August, falling to nearly half the record rate during the spring at the height of restrictions issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Commerce says last month’s rate was 6.5%, compared to 8.5% in July. The state rate for April was 12.9%. The jobless figures for August mask partly the reduction in the overall number of people in the workforce by almost 72,000 compared to July. That could signal that some residents have stopped looking for work. Almost 388,000 fewer people were working in August compared to August 2019.



Driver in NC police chase indicted for passenger’s death
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A man has been indicted on first-degree murder and other counts for an automobile chase ago in North Carolina that officials say ended with a passenger in the car dying when sheriff’s deputies fired toward him. The Davidson County district attorney says indictments were served on Charles Justin Boothe of Winston-Salem for the March chase and death of John Mark Hendrick Jr. Frank says Boothe faces a murder charge under a rule that allows such a charge if a killing happens during the commission of another felony. Two Davidson deputies weren’t criminally charged. Hendrick’s mother has sued the deputies in federal court.



GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election
WASHINGTON (AP) – Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious clash over Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the court was credited with bolstering GOP gains in the Senate in an otherwise bad midterm election. And now, just 44 days before Trump’s reelection will be decided, Republicans are again looking to a nomination fight to unite a deeply fractured party as it faces the very real possibility of losing the White House and control of the Senate this fall. GOP leaders are optimistic they can pull it off.



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