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3 dead, 2 missing from flooding at North Carolina campsite
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say three people are dead and two more are missing after floodwaters swept through a campsite about 50 miles north of Charlotte. Alexander County director of Doug Gillespie said at least 31 campers were rescued from the campsite, with three taken to the hospital. Gillespie says two of the three have been released. In addition to the deaths at the campsite, Gillespie says another person was killed on a washed-out road. The flooding was the result of heavy rains that passed through the state Thursday and which led to flash flood watches for many areas.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA-LAWSUIT
N.C. NAACP chapter sues county over Confederate monument
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina NAACP chapter has filed a lawsuit against a board of commissioners over relocating a Confederate monument. The Gaston Gazette reports the lawsuit filed Thursday argues the monument’s prominent public location in front of the Gaston County Courthouse violates rights protected by North Carolina’s constitution. The lawsuit also says the monument “exalts the cause of slavery, secession and white supremacy.” The suit says the Gaston County Commissioners are violating the rights of citizens in “backtracking” on an August vote to give the monument to a local Sons of Confederate Veterans group.
Eta races off to sea from Carolinas after soaking Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The former Tropical Storm Eta has been classified as a post-tropical cyclone off the coast of the Carolinas. Forecasters on Friday said the system is racing off to sea from the Carolinas and into the Atlantic Ocean. One death in Florida has been linked to the storm. The system brought heavy rains and gusty winds. Officials say Eta triggered flash flooding, multiple water rescues and road closures in South Carolina. Earlier Thursday, Eta slogged ashore on Florida’s Gulf Coast and then the northern part of the state within hours before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
Search continues for 2 men after boat was found overturned
BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) – A search is continuing for two people who were believed to be on a recreational fishing boat that overturned off the North Carolina coast. The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement Thursday that it and its partner agencies are still looking for George Hamilton Andrews of Raleigh and William Watkins Merriman IV of Wilmington. Their boat was discovered near Beaufort Inlet off the southern Outer Banks Tuesday morning. The men were last seen departing from Atlantic Beach on Sunday for a fishing trip aboard a 35-foot boat named Strike Zone. The Coast Guard had deployed a diver to the overturned fishing boat and found “all the lights and gear were still energized.”
BC-US-RACIAL INJUSTICE-CHURCH THREAT
Threat to burn Black church: North Carolina man gets 2 years
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to two years in prison for threatening to burn down a Black church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice says 63-year-old John Malcolm Bareswill of Catawba, North Carolina, was sentenced Thursday. According to court documents, Bareswill called the church in June, made racially derogatory remarks, and threatened to set it ablaze. The call came days after one of the church’s leaders took part in a prayer vigil and peaceful demonstration for George Floyd. The Black man died May 25 in police custody in Minnesota after a white officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
Man convicted in North Carolina of assaulting woman on plane
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A federal jury in North Carolina has convicted a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he was seated next to on a plane. U.S. Attorney Peter M. McCoy says in a news release that 28-year-old Siva K. Durbesula of India was convicted of abusive sexual contact aboard an airplane. Prosecutors said Durbesula was a passenger aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Chicago O’Hare to Myrtle Beach in June 2019 when he sexually assaulted the 22-year-old woman seated next to him. According to prosecutors, after the flight crew separated Durbesula from his victim, he asked to return to his former seat so he could speak to her again.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-STATE RECORDS
N.C. State Archives, library public research centers reopen
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s depositories for old government and academic records, maps, books and genealogical materials are reopening to the public at reduced capacity after COVID-19 forced their closures for months. State Archives public research locations in Raleigh and Manteo and the State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh planned to welcome visitors by appointment starting Thursday. The Western Regional Archives in Asheville will follow starting Friday. Guests must set up formal appointments online and are required to wear face masks inside. Public computer terminals also will be closed. A lot of research can still be completed remotely and without in-person visits.
ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Sen. Tillis reelected, keeps seat for GOP
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis has won reelection to his Senate seat. Tillis’ win means Democrats must now win both runoff races in Georgia in January if they are to seize Senate control from the GOP. Tillis earned a second term in the U.S. Senate by defeating Democrat Cal Cunningham. Tillis benefited from fallout over a Cunningham sex scandal in the campaign’s final month. The Associated Press declared Tillis the winner on Wednesday after determining there weren’t enough outstanding votes for Cunningham to catch him. Cunningham had conceded the race on Tuesday, saying “the voters have spoken.”