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N.C. chief justice race still tight as counties finish count
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Candidates in North Carolina’s still-undecided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general are awaiting final official results from just a few counties. Current Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and challenger Paul Newby remained in an extremely close election on Monday, and a statewide recount was likely as only hundreds of votes separated the candidates. State law gives the trailing candidate in the race until noon Tuesday to request a recount. In the race for attorney general, Democratic incumbent Josh Stein led Republican Jim O’Neill by a margin outside the recount window. Under state law, the Board of Elections is supposed to certify results next week.



Moore poised to win record-tying fourth term as N.C. speaker
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House Republicans are backing Rep. Tim Moore as speaker again for the upcoming General Assembly session. The House GOP caucus met on Monday to choose their leaders for the session that begins in January. The House Republican Caucus agreed Moore would be its nominee for the speakership in January. Moore is a Kings Mountain attorney and speaker since 2015. His reelection to a record-tying fourth two-year term is expected because Republicans will hold a 69-51 seat advantage. The caucus also agreed to back Rep. Sarah Stevens for reelection as speaker pro tempore, and reelected Rep. John Bell as majority leader.



North Carolina sheriff’s group recommends police reforms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A statewide sheriff’s group has issued recommendations for police reforms that include more training and banning choke holds in most situations. But the Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that community activists aren’t in total agreement with all of the suggestions. The recommendations are in a new report issued by the the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. One of its recommendations includes requiring all students to watch videos explaining how to interact with law enforcement. Community activist Kerwin Pittman said such a video could skew information in favor of officers and allow them to more easily violate someone’s rights.



2 arrested for fatal shooting outside N. Carolina nightclub
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a woman who was shot outside a nightclub in North Carolina. The Raleigh Police Department said in a news release that Christopher Deandre Gregg and Daron Fitzgerald Pouncy were arrested Sunday, two days after the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Maya Elaine Rogers in Raleigh. Responding officers found Rogers with serious injuries by the nightclub, Paris Lounge, on Friday. She was then transported to a hospital, where she died. Gregg has been charged with murder. Pouncy has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder and possession of firearm by a felon.



Three wounded in shooting outside North Carolina courthouse
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say three people were wounded in a shooting outside of a courthouse. News outlets report one of the people was critically wounded. Greensboro Police Chief Brian James told a news conference on Monday that it appears the incident off South Eugene Street was likely targeted, but he added that investigators are trying to confirm it. James cites witness accounts indicating some vehicles may have been used to carry out the shooting, but that there is also evidence that people on foot were involved. So far, there have been no arrests in the case.



North Carolina police look into officer encounter with teen
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police chief says her department is looking into a confrontation captured on video which shows an officer tackling a girl in a local neighborhood. The Winston-Salem Journal reports five teenagers were stopped by police on Nov. 7 after Winston-Salem police officers received a report of teenagers trying to break into a vacant house. In the video, the officer tries to get the girl to tell him her name. The girl refuses to do so and is seen running before the officer tackles her. Chief Catrina Thompson says while the video looks ugly, it doesn’t mean the officer violated department policy.



Flags ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of Army soldier
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered all U.S. and state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of a North Carolina-based soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt. U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, Dallas Garza was among five soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash while on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The order took effect on Monday and will remain in effect until sunset on Friday. Garza deployed to Egypt in January as part of peacekeeping operations with the Multinational Force and Observers. He previously served in Afghanistan and Iraq.



N. C. State requiring COVID-19 test before return to campus
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Students, faculty and staff at North Carolina State University will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus in the spring. WNCN-TV reports the school announced the new policy Friday. The decision comes after more than 1,000 cases forced the school to move mostly to remote classes during the fall semester. Those returning to campus will be required to get tested three to five days before the semester starts. Anyone who refuses to comply can face disciplinary action. The school also plans to expand its testing capabilities as it expects several thousand students and staff members to be tested every week.



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