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Helicopter crashes near Highway Patrol academy in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A helicopter belonging to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has crashed near the agency’s training academy in Raleigh. No one was injured in the crash Sunday. Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Knox says the Highway Patrol pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft when the crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. near an intersection. The helicopter did not collide with any vehicles. Knox says the Federal Aviation Administration will be involved in the investigation. He says the aircraft appears to be a “total loss” based on initial observations. No other details of the crash were immediately available.
Man drowns after boat capsizes in Carolina Beach Inlet
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina are investigating the capsizing of a boat that lead to the death of a man. WECT-TV reported Saturday that the boat with four men on board capsized in the Carolina Beach Inlet. North Carolina Wildlife Officer Clayton Ludwick says the boat attempted to turn around when a wave hit it and swamped it. The news outlet reported three of the men were pulled from the water. The body of the 72-year-old Charles Boyd Jamison, of Garner, was recovered. Ludwick says an auto-inflatable life jacket was found near the scene, but none of the men were wearing life jackets.
HIGHWAY NAME CHANGE
N Carolina looks to take Jefferson Davis name off highway
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina transportation officials are taking steps to remove the last vestiges of a highway named for Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the N.C. Department of Transportation is removing signs and markers in the state-owned right of way. The groundwork for the removal was laid this summer after the death of George Floyd led to a review of Confederate monuments and symbols. The Daughters of the Confederacy conceived of the Jefferson Davis Highway in 1913, partly as an answer to the Lincoln Highway that was dedicated that year between New York and San Francisco.
BC-NC-GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS-PRESCRIBED BURN
Burn planned for part of Great Smoky Mountains park
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials with the National Park Service say a prescribed burn is scheduled for a portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A news release from the National Park Service says the 689-acre burn is scheduled for Cades Cove between Saturday and Nov. 25. Over the last 20 years, park managers have conducted burns during the spring and fall to safely reduce fuels, restore meadow habitats and maintain the historic landscape of Cades Cove. These seasonal controlled burns help perpetuate native herb species that provide high quality cover and foraging opportunities for a diversity of wildlife including deer, turkeys, and ground nesting birds.
BC-NC-INSURANCE FRAUD-WOMAN CHARGED
North Carolina woman accused of filing fake insurance claims
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman has been arrested after state insurance officials say she filed fake insurance claims suggesting she was the victim of theft, vandalism and electrical problems. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey on Friday said 43-year-old Reina Esmeralda Foster of Goldsboro is charged with 10 counts each of insurance fraud and of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Each charge is a felony. A news release says special agents with the department specifically accuse Foster of filing fraudulent insurance claims with three companies in an attempt to obtain slightly more than $90,000 in homeowners’ insurance payments.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-BALLOTS
North Carolina Republicans seek data to resolve top races
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans are pressing state election officials to make public more information about the number of outstanding ballots from this week’s election that could be counted. Nearly a dozen Election Day races in North Carolina remain too early to call, including those for president and U.S. Senate. As many as 172,000 ballots have either yet to be counted or rejected, or could trickle in through the mail before a deadline next week. Republican lawmakers demanded tracking data from the State Board of Elections for ballot envelopes turned in at the post office. Election officials cautioned that not all envelopes get scanned.
ECU names two campus buildings for two former chancellors
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – East Carolina University has renamed two campus buildings in honor of former chancellors. The school announced Friday that the student recreation center is now the Richard R. and JoAnn M. Eakin Student Recreation Center. Gateway Hall is now Steve and Nancy Ballard Hall. The buildings are considered examples of their respective time at the school. Ballard was ECU’s sixth chancellor and 10th administrative officer beginning in 2004. Eakin was the school’s fourth chancellor and eighth chief administrative officer, serving from 1987 through 2001. The naming ceremony was held on Thursday.
FIRST LADY-TRUMP SUPPORTERS-APOLOGY
N.C. first lady apologizes for comment on Trump supporters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s first lady has apologized after a screenshot of her saying she “flipped off” supporters of President Donald Trump during a rally in the state was circulated on social media. Kristin Cooper apologized Thursday through an emailed statement from her spokesperson to The News & Observer. The screenshot of Cooper’s comments shows her saying that she “flipped off” a “pitiful family group” that was waving flags at the state Capitol. Michelle Morrow, an organizer for the event on Sunday, told WRAL-TV that attendees had been carrying a “Trump flag” and other flags. Cooper said her “personal Facebook comments and actions leading to it were inappropriate.”