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ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-CLOSE RACES
Close race for North Carolina chief justice going to recount
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The extremely close race for North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice will have a recount. Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley formally requested the recount Tuesday while Republican challenger Paul Newby held a narrow lead after nearly 5.4 million ballots have been counted. State election officials say counties must complete the recount by Nov. 25. Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein won Tuesday a second four-year term after totals showed his lead outside the 10,000-vote margin in which Republican Jim O’Neill could seek a recount. Beasley became the state’s first Black female chief justice in 2019. Newby is the senior associate justice.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Cooper warns N.C. counties of further virus restrictions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is warning counties they may face extra coronavirus restrictions if they do not follow public health guidelines. Cooper and health officials unveiled Tuesday a new alert system to encourage counties with high levels of virus transmission to more aggressively enforce statewide health guidelines. Counties will be marked different colors based on cases, hospitalizations and the percentage of tests coming back positive. The state health department has labeled 10 largely rural counties “red” because of critica
More than 450 referrals of COVID violations reported at UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A report by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says there have been more than 450 reports of students violating COVID-19 safety rules set by the school. The report released Monday said there were about 55 cases of students being removed from campus housing for breaking the rules. The majority of the cases resulted in written warnings and other lesser disciplinary actions. The News & Observer reports students had signed agreements to follow virus safety guidelines when the semester began. The report does not provide details on the incidents, but says the complaints were made between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31.
BC-NC-1992 RAPE-CHARGES FILED
Police: DNA links man to 1992 rape, attempted murder
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say that a man has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and rape nearly 30 years after police say the crimes were committed. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that two other suspects are still at large. Fayetteville police said they’ve arrested Roy Junior Proctor after its cold case unit linked him to the crime using DNA. Police said they matched a sample taken from him in September to the DNA from the victim’s 1992 rape kit. Proctor is in Cumberland County Detention Center with bail set at $1 million. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.
‘Dueling dinosaurs’ fossils donated to North Carolina museum
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The skeletons of two dinosaurs that appear to have died fighting each other have been donated to a North Carolina museum. The nonprofit organization Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences said in a statement Tuesday that it acquired the fossilized animals with private funds. The Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops horridus are known as the dueling dinosaurs. They were buried together 67 million years ago and are intertwined in what looks like a final death match. The fossils were discovered on a Montana hillside and remain entombed within the sediment in which they were found.
6-year-old shot in face at North Carolina playground
LELAND, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office is looking for a suspect after a 6-year-old boy was shot in the face while he was playing on a school playground during recess. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to Lincoln Elementary School on Friday after a report of a child being wounded on school grounds. Deputies determined that the bullet that hit the child was fired from a significant distance. Detectives say they don’t believe there was any malicious intent involved and that it’s likely someone shooting on private property was responsible.
Man dies, 2 wounded in shootout near N Carolina courthouse
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police say one man was killed and two more were wounded in a shootout near a North Carolina courthouse that was placed on lockdown as a result. News outlets report Greensboro police said in a news release that 20-year-old Avion Imeen McLean died at the hospital on Monday. A second shooting victim remains in critical condition and a third man suffered injuries not considered life-threatening. Police said multiple people exchanged gunfire near the South Eugene Street entrance of the Guilford County Courthouse. So far, there have been no arrests in the incident.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-CLOSE RACES
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.
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