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Franklin Graham book shares lessons from “America’s Pastor”
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Billy Graham’s oldest son, Franklin, says his new book about his father is meant to share lessons he learned from the man known as “America’s Pastor.”
Titled “Through My Father’s Eyes,” the book mixes quotes from Billy Graham and family anecdotes with Franklin Graham’s views on religion, culture and politics.
Among stories about his father, who died in February at age 99, Graham also includes cultural critiques aimed at his conservative Christian audience.
The book comes at a sensitive time for American Christians. Some support Republicans without question, while others struggle to find support in the Bible for what Trump says and does.
In an Associated Press interview about his book, Graham says he was a Republican but became Independent because he doesn’t want to be beholden to any group.
FLU DEATHS-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina flu-related deaths reach modern-day record
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – State officials say flu-related deaths in North Carolina have reached a modern-day record this season.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that one person died from flu in the past week, bringing this season’s statewide total to 379 deaths. Most of those were among people age 65 and older.
This season’s total is much higher than either the 2016-17 or 2014-15 seasons. In each of those, there were 218 confirmed flu-related deaths.
Officials say it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. Although the six-month flu season officially ended March 31, flu has been known to linger several weeks into April and early May.
ASSISTED LIVING STRANGULATION
Woman strangled at North Carolina assisted living center
TARBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are investigating the strangulation of a woman found dead a month ago at a North Carolina assisted living center.
No arrests have been made in the death of 75-year-old Rebecca Eudy, who was found April 5 at Open Fields Assisted Living in Tarboro.
Her death certificate says Eudy asphyxiated and suffered traumatic injuries to her neck.
Eudy was charged with assault in December after a fight with a 46-year-old man living at Open Fields who allegedly exposed himself to her. Open Fields is an adult care facility, which houses the elderly and also some people with severe and persistent mental illness.
Eudy’s daughter has filed a complaint with the state Department of Health and Human Services after learning that her mother’s death was being treated as a homicide.
BOY SHOT IN FACE
Boy shot in face when N. Carolina home sprayed with bullets
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a North Carolina shooting that left a 9-year-old boy with a bullet wound to the face.
Authorities tell local media outlets they got a call Wednesday night that a Wilson home had been sprayed with bullets.
Officers say they found a boy who had been shot in the eye. He was sent to a hospital for treatment, and his family says he is expected to be OK.
A neighbor’s surveillance camera caught people yelling before gunshots ring out. Police are still investigating the shooting.
HIGH SCHOOL-HIT LIST
2 students in custody after high school hit list found
FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say two students are in custody after school administrators found multiple “hit lists” with names of students, a principal and community members, and deputies found a cache of weapons at one student’s home.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Office told local news outlets the lists were created by two sophomores at Franklin High School and discovered Tuesday. Schools Superintendent Chris Baldwin said the students intended to do harm, leading the sheriff’s office to conduct an investigation.
Among the names on the list was Franklin High Principal Barry Woody. According to the superintendent, Woody was on the hit list because he made one of the two students and the student’s girlfriend stop their public displays of affection.
JAZZ REVIVAL PROJECT
Renowned jazz drummer to perform for 1st time in NC hometown
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina native who became a legendary jazz drummer, composer and educator will perform for the first time in his hometown.
Bill Kaye will perform Thursday during The Jazz Revival Project at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The project is a new effort to recognize the jazz heritage of Wilson.
The 85-year-old Kaye also will talk about his life as a musician during a public discussion Wednesday at 217 Brew Works.
Born Willie King Seaberry in 1932, Kaye has performed with many jazz greats, including Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and George Benson. He was the featured drummer for jazz workshops at the inaugural Newport Jazz Festival and is a music educator in the New York City public schools.
Kaye says he’s elated to perform in his hometown.
Weekend lane closures set for I-40 for widening project
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation is continuing weekend lane closures on Interstate 40 just west of Winston-Salem.
A news release from the department says the closures will be west of the Yadkin River bridge near Clemmons. The closures are needed for ongoing widening work at the Davie-Forsyth County line.
Weather permitting, additional lane closures will take place from 7 p.m. on Friday until Sunday at noon. The same schedule will be followed Friday through Sunday on the first three weekends in June.
While the roadway will not be completely closed, crews will be working alongside traffic.
Deal ends environmental racism complaint against hog farms
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials are resolving a formal complaint of environmental racism by promising tougher oversight of industrial swine operations blamed for polluting the air and water.
The state Department of Environmental Quality and a coalition of environmental groups said Thursday they’ve resolved a four-year-old complaint about health problems affecting minority communities near large-scale hog operations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year told the state agency it was concerned that minorities might have suffered outsized effects as concentrated animal feeding operations multiplied near their eastern North Carolina homes.
State environmental officials say they’ll now launch an air quality study in Duplin County and expand existing water monitoring efforts in Sampson and Duplin counties.
The agreement ends civil rights complaints filed against the state environmental agency in 2014 and 2016.