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Appalachian State student dies following COVID complications
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An Appalachian State University student has died after suffering from coronavirus complications. Nineteen-year-old Chad Dorrill is the first reported COVID-related death within the University of North Carolina system since in-person classes resumed. Dorrill lived off campus in Boone and took all of his classes online. Nearly 550 students have tested positive for COVID-19 at Appalachian State. The university remains open for in-person classes. UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University halted physical learning in classrooms to undergraduate students last month due to clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs
DETROIT (AP) – About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday unless Congress comes up with another aid package. Many are worried about how they’ll pay for rents, mortgages and food, or for health insurance. A clause in the $25 billion aid package to airlines at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic prevented them from laying off workers. But that clause expires on Thursday. Some workers are holding out hope that another agreement can still be reached. Congress has been considering a second round of airline aid for weeks, but it’s hung up in the debate over a larger national relief package.
Police: Search underway after suspect shoots at officer
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say they are searching for a suspect who they say fired a gun at a High Point officer. The Greensboro News & Record reported Tuesday that the officer had responded Monday afternoon to a report of multiple larcenies from motor vehicles. Police said the officer knocked on the window of an Audi to speak with the driver. But police said the suspect refused to roll down the window before opening the door and firing a handgun. Police said the suspect fired at the officer’s face and narrowly missed. The officer retreated behind his patrol car and returned fire. Police said that another car then picked up the suspect and fled.
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Visitors allowed into nursing homes under certain conditions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Visitors are now allowed into nursing homes in North Carolina if those facilities meet certain conditions. The Raleigh News & Observer reported that the change took effect Monday. But it’s limited to facilities that have not had COVID-19 cases in the previous 14 days and those in counties where the percentage of positive coronavirus tests is less than 10%. As of Saturday, seven of the state’s 100 counties had positive test rates that were higher than 10%. Visitors also must be screened for COVID symptoms. They must wear a face covering and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after a visit.
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Homeless man accused of smearing blood on sorority house
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have charged a homeless man who they say was armed with a machete and smeared satanic messages in blood on a sorority house and on a vehicle belonging to a student. East Carolina University Police Capt. Chris Sutton says 25-year-old Patrick Canter was charged with injury to real property. Sutton says the man injured himself and then smeared what appeared to be his own blood on the front of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house as well as a resident’s white Jeep that was parked at the house on Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether Canter has an attorney who could comment.
North Carolina school board censures member for slur
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – A school board in a North Carolina county has censured one of its members for using a derogatory slur in describing a remote learning plan and not realizing her microphone was open. News outlets report that during the Sept. 21 meeting of the Cabarrus County school board, Laura Blackwell was heard while off camera agreeing with an unidentified person on the call who said young children should not be kept in front of a computer. Blackwell used a word that has been used to demean people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She apologized, but a petition is circulating that calls for her resignation.
North Carolina actuary charged with insider trading
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina actuary accused of insider trading ahead of a merger between two energy companies has been indicted on federal fraud charges. A criminal indictment unsealed Friday says 44-year-old Eric Hill has been charged with fraud in connection with the purchase and sale of securities and seven counts of securities fraud. He’s accused of making $380,000 from illegal trading based on confidential information before and after Duke Energy announced plans to purchase Piedmont Natural Gas Co. in 2015. Prosecutors say Hill got the information from an employee of a consulting firm working with Piedmont. He declined a request from The Charlotte Observer for comment.
Police: Maryland murder suspect caught in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend at the couple’s apartment in Maryland has been arrested in North Carolina. The Prince George’s County Police Department said Monday that 22-year-old Winston Hughes was taken into custody in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday. The arrest came six days after responding officers found the victim, Fatima Kamara, suffering from gunshot wounds at the residence in Chillum, Maryland. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say that Hughes shot Kamara during an argument. He has been charged with second-degree murder and is awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County. It is not clear if Hughes had an attorney who could comment.