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Pandemic overwhelms Trump’s message in critical N. Carolina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s push to inject new dynamics into the final weeks of the 2020 election is being overshadowed by the frightening realities of everyday life in the pandemic. The Republican president and his allies continue to downplay the health threat, but for swing voters on the ground in North Carolina, the coronavirus and the related economic challenges are a much more pressing concern than Trump’s push to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, his wild threats of voter fraud or angry civil rights protesters. Still, it’s far from certain that Trump’s messaging challenge will ensure a victory for Democrat Joe Biden.



Deputies shot at man armed with machete after hit-and-run
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say law-enforcement officers in North Carolina shot at a man who attacked sheriff’s deputies with a machete and drove his car at a police officer in separate encounters. The Times-News reports that the suspect, 39-year-old Benjamin Michael Morley, was treated for a wound on his left leg after police apprehended him on Friday night. Police started chasing Morley after he allegedly struck a student with his car on the University of North Carolina’s flagship Chapel Hill campus and then drove away. A UNC officer who tried to stop Morley fired at him as he was backing up and driving toward the officer. Later, two Alamance County sheriff’s deputies fired at Morley when he lunged at them and swung a machete.



Lockdowns are fading, but GOP outrage isn’t in campaigns
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – It’s not just Democrats who want voters thinking about the pandemic on Election Day. Across the country, some Republican candidates are counting on lingering voter resentment of cornavirus lockdown orders to boost them into office. Among them are Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther. She became an overnight symbol of conservative defiance earlier this year after spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close her doors. She’s now running for a state Senate seat in a campaign that has hammered Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over virus restrictions.



Sheriff: 1 wounded in shooting at haunted house
CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say one person was wounded in a shooting at a Halloween haunted house attraction in North Carolina. Investigators arrested five juveniles and seized three guns after responding to a report of shots fired at the Reaper’s Realm haunted house in China Grove on Saturday night. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that fights broke out among a crowd of about 1,000 people. One person was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound on one of his feet. The sheriff’s office said the person has been released from the hospital.



New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Environmental activists say a little-noticed provision in a Trump administration rule could lead to pollution of some man-made lakes. The provision classifies reservoirs created to provide cooling waters for power plants as parts of “waste treatment systems,” which aren’t covered under the Clean Water Act. It was part of a significant rewrite of the law that took effect earlier this year. Environmentalists challenging the rewrite in court say the provision strips protections from some large reservoirs that are popular fishing spots, such as Sutton Lake in Wilmington, North Carolina. The utility industry says critics are exaggerating the effect of the new rule and that state laws will still protect the lakes.



Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump’s campaign committee and the Republican National Committee has sued to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. The state Board of Elections on Tuesday issued new guidance that allowing mail-in absentee ballots with deficient information to be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot for November’s general election. The federal lawsuit that national Republicans filed on Saturday claims the election board made a partisan “backroom deal” that undermines state lawmakers’ election laws.



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