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Council to consider apology for anti-Klan rally deaths
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina city council will consider a resolution and apology for the shooting deaths of five demonstrators at a rally against the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party nearly 41 years ago. First reported by the News & Record of Greensboro, approval of the resolution would mean the city admits the police department neglected to act on knowledge it had that the Nazis and Klan were planning violence in a low-income housing community during a “Death to the Klan” rally on Nov. 3, 1979, organized by members of the Communist Workers Party. Five demonstrators were shot and killed at the rally. Juries acquitted several people of killing the protesters.



2 NC lawmakers subject of new ethics complaints on expenses
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A campaign finance reform advocate has lodged ethics complaints against two more Republican lawmakers in North Carolina. Former Democracy North Carolina leader Bob Hall filed the paperwork on Monday against Reps. Josh Dobson of McDowell County and John Torbett of Gaston County. Hall alleges the two wrongly accepted state funds for expenses related to North Carolina General Assembly duties that also got paid for by their campaigns. He wants the Legislative Ethics Committee to investigate and order the taxpayer funds be returned. Dobson says the filing is politically motivated weeks before an election. He’s running for state labor commissioner.



As Harris pitches to Black voters, some want to hear more
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Sen. Kamala Harris is pitching the Democratic presidential ticket’s message directly to Black voters in states like North Carolina and Michigan in the closing weeks of the campaign. From barbershops to historically Black colleges and universities, Harris is speaking about police reform, ending the pandemic and creating a more equitable economy. She’s in a unique position as the first Black woman on a major party’s presidential ticket. But she’s still facing skepticism from some Black voters who question whether she and Joe Biden are committed and able to make meaningful change. Harris will speak to one of her biggest audiences yet during Wednesday’s debate with Vice President Mike Pence.



North Carolina Sen. Tillis says he has no COVID-19 symptoms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis says he’s no longer exhibiting any symptoms from the COVID-19 he tested positive for last last week. Tillis had said over the weekend that he still lacked his senses of taste and smell, but he said Monday that even that’s returned. He says he will continue to self-isolate. Tillis is among several people who tested positive in the days after attending the Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett at the White House. Tillis is seeking reelection next month. He’s temporary halted in-person campaigning, and several campaign staff have gone into quarantine.



Coronavirus cases in North Carolina top 217,000
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The state of North Carolina now has at least 217,496 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus. State health officials also say that 3,634 have died. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the numbers were released on Saturday. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 610 new COVID cases. That’s a drop from 2,202 the day before and the lowest single-day total since mid-August. But the state still reported that about 6.6% of tests were positive. That’s more than the state’s goal of 5% or lower. At least 907 people were reported hospitalized as of Sunday. That’s down from 921 the day before.



North Carolina nightclub closed for repeated violations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Officials have suspended the alcohol permits for a North Carolina nightclub after social media posts showed large gatherings and a lack of social distancing. The Charlotte Observer reports El Centenario in Charlotte lost its permits in part because of video and advertisements which showed the crowds violating state restrictions to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The ABC commission says the private club had been cited numerous times for violations since May by state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers. Commission documents also said the private club continued to allow crowds of more than 300 with no social distancing or sanitization practices.



Victim still in critical condition after road-rage shooting
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say that a person remains in critical condition after being shot during a road rage incident. The Fayetteville Observer reported Sunday that the incident occurred Friday in Fayetteville. áFayetteville police say that they are searching for a suspect. Police said he was driving a black Dodge Ram pickup. The man also had a long beard and appeared to be in his late 30’s or early 40’s. 



Police: Person struck by bullet at Halloween theme park
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A person has been shot at a Halloween theme park in North Carolina. The Greensboro News & Record reports that the incident occurred at the Woods of Terror early Sunday morning. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The investigation is ongoing. Woods of Terror owner Eddie McLaurin said in a statement that it appeared that two gunshots were fired into the air and that one of the bullets came down on a customer. McLaurin said staff members tended to the victim. The person appeared to have a minor gunshot wound to the cheek.



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