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After Hurricane Dorian, a layup helped the Bahamas rebuild
Nathan Bain provided one of college basketball’s signature moments last season. His buzzer-beating layup in overtime gave unheralded Stephen F. Austin a stunning upset over Duke on Nov. 26. 2019. Duke was the No. 1 team in the country at the time and hadn’t lost a nonconference game on its home floor in nearly 20 years. But that became just a sliver of the story that night. Bain’s layup won a game – and rebuilt a home, rebuilt a school and rebuilt a church, all of it directly impacting the lives of hundreds of Bahamians whose lives were upended by Hurricane Dorian.
N.C. watchdog agency critiques teacher diversity efforts
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina legislature’s government watchdog agency says the state lacks robust and specific statewide efforts to ensure greater racial and ethnic diversity among teachers in public schools. The Program Evaluation Division released on Monday its review of activities by officials and educator preparation programs to describe initiatives to attract and retain Black and Hispanic candidates for K-12 classrooms. The report’s authors say recent state initiatives either don’t explicitly target people of color or are too new or preliminary. The report recommends General Assembly action to promote diversity. Studies link teachers of color to improved scores and lower dropout rates among students of color.
Coast Guard suspends search prompted by empty life raft
BUXTON, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for people after an empty raft was spotted off the shore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Petty Officer Tara Molle said Monday that the Coast Guard called off its search on Friday evening. She said the raft appeared to be brand new and that there were not indications that it had been occupied. The Coast Guard also found no corresponding reports of missing people. The life raft was spotted one mile offshore of Buxton on Thursday. A Coast Guard aircrew had deployed a swimmer to observe the raft more closely. It was a six-man orange life raft with no visible marine growth or markings.
AP-NC-SEA TURTLE LAYS EGGS
On the Outer Banks, a sea turtle lays eggs unseasonably late
BUXTON, N.C. (AP) – A green sea turtle has laid eggs unseasonably late in the year on a beach in North Carolina’s Outer banks. The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that it marks the first time in more than two decades that a turtle has laid a nest this far past summer. The eggs were laid Halloween morning near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Female sea turtles typically lay nests during the warmer months. Nests laid after Aug. 20 are considered late. Meaghan Johnson of the National Park Service said that the baby turtles are unlikely to survive. But she said they could stand a chance if there’s a mild winter.
Police: Man fatally shot outside North Carolina church
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man was fatally shot and a few other people suffered minor injuries during a shooting outside a church in North Carolina. High Point police said in a news release that officers responding to a call about the shooting found the victim dead outside Living Water Baptist Church in High Point on Sunday afternoon. Authorities have not revealed the man’s identity, pending notification of his family. It was not clear how many people were injured in the incident. Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact High Point police.
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.