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ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
Cunningham concedes to US Sen. Tillis in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democrat Cal Cunningham has conceded to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina. Cunningham said in a statement Tuesday that “the voters have spoken” and it was clear Tillis had won. Tillis leads Cunningham by 94,500 votes. The race is still too early to call, with votes still uncounted. With Cunningham’s concession, all eyes now turn to Georgia, where two U.S. Senate runoff races in January are likely to determine the balance of the upper chamber. Cunningham accepted defeat even after outraising Tillis during what became the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
N. Carolina tightens gathering limits ahead of Thanksgiving
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina will not reopen the economy further as coronavirus cases rise and a higher percentage of COVID tests are coming back positive. In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that indoor gathering limits will be tightened from 25 people to 10 people. Cooper also ruled out any consideration for a position in Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. He praised state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen amid speculation she could be a top contender for a cabinet-level position. Cohen did not say whether that is something she would be interested in pursuing.
North Carolina college announces cuts to majors, faculty
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina college says it will discontinue nearly half of its academic majors and cut another 36 positions in hopes of securing its long-term future. The News & Record of Greensboro reports that after a review that began in September, Guilford College interim president Carol Moore said she is recommending to trustees that the private Quaker college phase out 19 of its 42 academic majors. The changes won’t become official until after a trustees’ vote in early 2021 that will give time for the 16 tenured professors slated to be laid off to appeal their dismissals.
Baptist couple ask court to ban book from son’s school
CHARLOTTE, N,C, (AP) – A North Carolina couple are trying to get a novel they describe as an “affront” to their Christian beliefs removed from a public charter school. The Charlotte Observer reports that Robin and John Coble of Huntersville filed an appeal on Monday with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The appeal follows a ruling Friday from a federal judge who refused to ban “The Poet X” from their son’s class at Lake Norman Charter School. The book is being taught in the school’s freshman language-arts class. The Baptist couple want the higher court to issue an emergency restraining order banning the book until their case is resolved.
BC-NC-RACIAL INJUSTICE-STREET MURAL
N Carolina city council nixes ‘Black Lives Do Matter’ mural
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina town council has rejected a proposal to have a “Black Lives Do Matter” mural painted on a local street, opting instead for a mural which reads “Unite Against Racism.” The Daily Reflector reports Greenville City Councilman William Litchfield used a procedural move that allowed the council to vote on requiring artists who asked to paint the message to use the words “Unite Against Racism” or not paint at all. Mayor P.J. Connelly cast the tie-breaking vote for the new language. Connelly then broke the tie on a second vote to approve the mural project with the new language.
NC sheriffs push training, mental health screening in report
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The association representing North Carolina’s 100 sheriffs is making policing recommendations developed in the months following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody and widespread demonstrations against racial injustice. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association released its professionalism report on Tuesday. It recommends expanded training and regular mental health screenings for deputies. The sheriffs also want to close loopholes that could make it difficult to move officers out of law enforcement after they commit misconduct. Panels created by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and within the state House also are examining law enforcement changes that could address racial inequities.
BC-NC-VIRUS OUTBREAK-STATE GRANT
A million-plus North Carolina parents to receive $335 check
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than a million parents in North Carolina are receiving a $335 check from the state government to help offset costs during the coronavirus pandemic. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that Extra Credit Grant for North Carolina is meant to help with expenses related to schools being closed for in-person instruction. The money comes from the federal government and was part of the CARES Act. But Republican leaders in North Carolina’s General Assembly came up with the idea. And it received support from most Democrats. Not every parent got a check. Some people who make too much money don’t get it. And people who didn’t make enough money to file taxes have to apply for it.
Deputies: 5-year-old boy shot while riding car with family
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A 5-year-old boy has been hospitalized for a gunshot wound he suffered while riding in a car with family members in North Carolina. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the shooting happened Sunday night in Raleigh. Authorities say the family heard a “pop” before the child started to complain that his arm was hurting. The family then parked the car and discovered the child’s wound. He was then brought to a hospital for treatment. It’s not clear what led to the shooting.