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Officials: COVID-19 cases could be tied to church events
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Public health officials in North Carolina say at least nine cases of COVID-19 could be connected to a Charlotte church’s convocation events last weekend. Mecklenburg County said its health department urges anyone who attended the events at the United House of Prayer for All People to get tested for the coronavirus, the Charlotte Observer reported. Free COVID-19 testing was being offered in the area on Sunday. Church officials could not immediately be reached for comment by the newspaper.



Search continues for missing hiker from Asheville
HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (AP) – Rescue crews are continuing their search for a hiker who went missing in the North Carolina mountains. A spokeswoman for Haywood County Emergency Management told TV station WYFF 27-year-old Chad Seger was last heard from Monday, when he spoke briefly with a family member. The station reported his car had been found at the entrance of a popular hiking trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway after he was reported missing on Friday. Search efforts Saturday turned up no sign of him. According to the county, Seger is from Asheville, is familiar with the area and is in good physical health.



Trump, Biden go on offense in states they’re trying to flip
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have been on offense, with each campaigning in states they’re trying to flip during the Nov. 3 election that’s just over two weeks away. Trump began Sunday in Nevada, making a rare visit to church before an evening rally in Carson City. Nevada was once considered a battleground, but the state hasn’t swung for a Republican presidential contender since 2004.áBiden attended Mass in Delaware before flying to North Carolina. A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won North Carolina since Barack Obama in 2008.



2016 sequel? Trump’s old attacks failing to land on Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) – The president’s attempts to recycle attacks he used on Hillary Clinton have so far failed to effectively damage Joe Biden. And Trump has found himself dwelling more and more in the conservative media echo chamber, talking to an increasingly smaller portion of the electorate. Fueled by personal grievance, the president has tried to amplify stories that diehard Fox News viewers know by heart but have not broken through to a broader public consumed with the sole issue that has defined the campaign, how the president has managed the pandemic.


N. Carolina sheriff fires deputy after seeing body cam video
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff has fired a deputy after reviewing body camera footage of a recent traffic stop that he said showed inappropriate conduct. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller announced the firing of Tyler McDonald on Friday after he watched footage from an Oct. 5 stop. The sheriff said “no additional internal review was necessary.” He didn’t provide specifics about what he saw and declined further comment except that he would cooperate with an investigation being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation. The newspaper’s attempts to reach the deputy or an attorney for him were unsuccessful.



Inmate, 24, found unresponsive in jail, dies at hospital
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are investigating after a 24-year-old woman was found unresponsive in a North Carolina jail and died later at a hospital. Local news outlets reported staff at the Greensboro Detention Center found Anna Chris Dominguez unresponsive inside a holding cell about 5:15 a.m. Friday. A news release from the sheriff’s office says detention staff and emergency medical workers took life-saving measures before Dominguez was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 6:18 a.m. According to the sheriff’s office, Dominguez had been booked on intoxicated driving and other charges and ordered into custody because of her level of intoxication.



3 adults charged after shots fired at officer, agent
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say three adults are facing multiple charges in connection with shots fired at a detective and an FBI agent in a North Carolina city. The incident happened Friday when the detective and the agent were conducting an investigation in the vicinity of the Pitt Greenville Airport. Authorities say they were fired upon from a passing car but neither was hurt. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Saturday that six people were inside the suspect vehicle. In addition to the three adults charged, detectives have referred three juveniles to the juvenile justice system for unspecified charges.



North Carolina unveils plan to deploy coronavirus vaccine
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina public health officials have released a plan about which groups of people it plans to prioritize when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available. The state’s Department of Health and Human Services says the initial vaccination will go to to health care workers and other essential workers. Workers and residents in long-term care facilities and people with multiple illnesses or diseases that occur at the same time. But North Carolina expects to evaluate that guidance more closely over time. North Carolina on Friday reported its largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.



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