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Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – One of North Carolina’s U.S. senators says President Donald Trump told him he’ll add North Carolina to a list of states whose coastal waters won’t be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis said he spoke with Trump on Monday and asked him to extend an offshore drilling moratorium off the Georgia, Florida and South Carolina coasts to North Carolina. The Trump administration didn’t immediately announce such a move. The prohibition was seen as a potential political asset for Republican senators in Georgia and South Carolina running this fall. Democrat Cal Cunningham is challenging Tillis this fall.



No charges against officers in custody death of Black man
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A prosecutor has declined to charge five North Carolina police officers accused of not giving immediate medical attention to a Black man who died after fatally ingesting drugs right before he was taken into custody. The district attorney said in a report Monday that prosecutors could not file involuntary manslaughter charges against the officers. He said prosecutors would not be able to prove Harold Easter would have lived even if he had received immediate medical attention. Investigators say Easter suffered a medical emergency in January in a police interview room, where he had been left unattended for more than 20 minutes. He died three days later.



Longtime ally to Trump’s postal chief was paid by RNC
WASHINGTON (AP) – A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is now on the payroll of President Donald Trump’s reelection effort. That’s according to a new campaign finance disclosure that shows Joe Hauck, a former vice president of sales and marketing for DeJoy’s New Breed Logistics, was paid $3,000 by the RNC in August. House Democrats are exploring allegations that DeJoy encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance laws. The Washington Post reported that Hauck helped DeJoy by soliciting donations from employees of his business.



Supreme Court nominee to get attention in NC Senate debate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will likely get attention in the next debate between Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham. They’ll hold their second televised debate on Tuesday evening at a Raleigh television studio. Tillis has called for a swift vote on President Donald Trump’s upcoming nominee. Cunningham says a successor shouldn’t be considered until the next presidential term begins. The two candidates clashed in last week’s TV debate over the federal COVID-19 response and their trust in a quickly approved vaccine. A third debate is scheduled for Oct. 1. 



With cash windfall, Biden adds GOP states to campaign map
ATLANTA (AP) – Joe Biden is using a campaign cash advantage over President Donald Trump to add Republican-leaning Georgia and Iowa to his paid media footprint, bringing the Democratic challenger’s television and digital battleground map to an even dozen states. The expansion reflects Biden’s newfound status as a fundraising behemoth and his campaign’s longstanding promise to set up “multiple paths” to the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency. The Biden campaign confirmed Sunday that Democrats’ joint financial operation had $466 million cash on hand to begin September; Trump and the GOP had $325 million.



Engineers are using lasers to test new Outer Banks bridge
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – Engineers are shooting trillions of laser beams at a new bridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They want to make sure it will withstand the harsh elements of the Atlantic coast. The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the tests are being done on the $252 million Marc Basnight Bridge. It carries N.C. 12 over Oregon Inlet and connects the northern Outer Banks to Hatteras Island. Expansion and contraction from heat and cold can have the most impact. One thing engineers don’t want the bridge to do is lean one way or another. An engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation said engineers are making sure the bridge is behaving according to its design.



Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires. The Portsmouth Herald reports Rachel Starr Davis of Portsmouth was traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, when a flight attendant asked her to put a mask on her 2-year-old son. In an Instagram post, Davis wrote she tried but could not. The airline asked passengers to disembark, and Davis and her son were left behind. A spokesperson for American Airlines said, “Policies are enforced and approved face coverings are made available at key points throughout the customer journey.”



Police charge North Carolina man with murder in hit and run
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina have charged a man with murder in a fatal hit and run over the weekend. Greensboro police said officers responded to a neighborhood around 1 p.m. Sunday where they found 53-year-old Anthony Douglas Hill dead. The agency said in a statement that 50-year-old Paul Steven Voss Jr. surrendered to authorities later Sunday and was charged with first-degree murder. Hill was Black and Voss is white, but investigators said the crash didn’t appear to be racially motivated. Police said the two men knew each other. It’s unclear whether Voss has an attorney who can comment for him.



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