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ELECTION 2020-ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Mail-in absentee request deadline passing in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The options to vote in North Carolina are dwindling as Election Day nears. Voters who wanted to cast a traditional mail-in absentee ballot had until late Tuesday afternoon to request one through their county board or online through a state portal. Voters who complete the received ballots must turn them in to their county board by Nov. 3 or have them postmarked by the same date. People who didn’t apply in time for a mail-in ballot can still vote on Election Day and at early in-person voting sites in all 100 counties through Saturday afternoon.
5 deaths tied to COVID-19 outbreak at North Carolina church
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials in North Carolina say at least five people have died from a COVID-19 outbreak connected to a local church. The Charlotte Observer reports Mecklenburg County Public Health has now identified 143 cases of COVID-19 linked to convocation events at the United House of Prayer for All People on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte. According to the health department, four of the people who died were Mecklenburg residents and one lived in Gaston County. In addition, county officials say a cluster of COVID-19 cases at a senior living community has increased to at least 19 confirmed cases, including three staff members.
ELECTION 2020-PENCE-NORTH CAROLINA
Mike Pence making 2 more campaign stops in North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is making his second and third campaign stops in North Carolina in three days for President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. Pence is scheduled to hold rallies at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro at midday Tuesday and at the Wilmington airport in the evening. He’ll be in Greenville, South Carolina, for an event in between. Pence remains on the campaign trail after his chief of staff and other close contacts tested positive for COVID-19. Pence tested negative and decided to keep traveling after consulting White House medical personnel. That included a campaign stop in Kinston on Sunday.
Man injured by ‘nail trap’ in the North Carolina wilderness
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A man who was walking his dog has suffered deep puncture wounds to his heel after stepping on a so-called “nail trap” in the North Carolina wilderness. The Asheville Citizen Times reports that the incident occurred Sunday in western North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. The trap was buried in a rut and covered with leaves. It was made of plywood and 2-inch nails with the points facing up. The words “PETA paybak” were written on the trap and possibly referred to the group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The group is based more than 400 miles away in Virginia. PETA denies any involvement and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Idaho men charged with conspiring to sell hard-to-trace guns
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A judge has ruled that a former Marine and another Idaho man charged with participating in a money-making conspiracy to build hard-to-trace firearms and distribute them in North Carolina will be transferred to that state. Ex-Marine Jordan Duncan, 25, and Paul James Kryscuk, 35, each waived hearings in U.S. District Court in Idaho, clearing the way for the transfers. The case also involves another former Marine, 21-year-old Liam Montgomery Collins. Authorities didn’t list Collins’ residence. Court documents say the conspiracy involved manufacturing and selling hard-to-obtain firearms and firearm parts so purchasers of the weapons would remain unknown to government authorities.
Suit claiming doctor ruined pregnancy chances dismissed
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accuses a doctor of secretly inserting a device into a woman during surgery that she claims stopped her from getting pregnant. Winston-Salem Journal reports the decision against Kimberly Bryant’s lawsuit was issued Friday by Forsyth County Judge Eric Morgan. Bryant had filed the lawsuit against multiple parties including the doctor, Mehmet Tamer Yalcinkaya and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for the incident in 2007. Her lawsuit says she found out about the device in 2017, and needed to have emergency surgery. Yalcinkaya said he told both Bryant and her husband about the device and mentioned it in the post-operation notes.
Voting by mail isn’t so easy on Native American reservations
MISSION, S.D. (AP) – Native American voting advocates say the slow-moving nature of mail on large reservations puts the people who live there at a disadvantage to getting their votes counted. They have launched a series of legal challenges in several states to gain accommodations for reservation voters, but with the election only days away, they are pressing people to figure out how to get their ballot counted as the coronavirus upends life in Native American communities. As coronavirus cases surge across the Dakotas and Montana, voting groups have tried to get creative as they dodge the virus.
AP-NC-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina to get nearly 3.2M BinaxNOW virus tests
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it’s sending nearly 3.2 million rapid coronavirus tests to North Carolina. The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests can diagnose coronavirus infection in as little as fifteen minutes. The department said Monday the tests will be distributed at the discretion of Gov. Roy Cooper to support testing K-12 students, teachers, nursing home patients and staff, higher education, critical infrastructure, first responders, and other priorities. As of Oct. 26, more than 1.3 million BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to North Carolina.