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AP-US-WHALE CALF DEATH
Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf’s death
CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) – The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists preformed a necropsy on the North Atlantic right whale calf and took DNA samples Saturday. The National Park Service at Cape Lookout National Seashore posted news of the whale’s death on its Facebook page. Right whales are critically endangered. The park service says only about 360 of the animals are still alive and about five or six calves are born each year.
CHARLESTON FLOODING FUTURE
Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Charleston, South Carolina has remained relatively unscathed this hurricane season. That means more time to mull a $1.75 billion proposal by the Army Corps of Engineers that features a sea wall along the city’s peninsula to protect it from deadly storm surge during hurricanes. It’s one of several coastal cities where the Corps has recently suggested surge gates, levees and other infrastructure as potential flooding fixes. The Charleston proposal has spurred animated debate over what to do about flooding in the historic port city that has worsened due to sea level rise and other effects of climate change in recent years.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-THANKSGIVING ROOKIES
For rookie Thanksgiving cooks, expert tips to avoid disaster
NEW YORK (AP) – Food experts say Americans nervous about making their first Thanksgiving meals can follow a few basic tips to avoid disaster. They say to plan in advance, and leave enough time for frozen turkeys to defrost. Once thawed, experts say to resist any urges to rinse the bird before cooking, which could end up splattering germs around. Use a thermometer to make sure the bird is cooked to 165 degrees. That should kill any germs on the bird. And after everyone is done eating, experts say to refrigerate leftovers within two hours.
North Carolina shooting suspect caught after days on the run
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man accused of shooting a deputy and another man has been shot and captured by law enforcement after more than two days on the run. Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram says 30-year-old Robert Lee Strother was shot multiple times in a gunfight with officers late Saturday. Strother is accused of shooting a deputy Thursday evening during a domestic call. He is also accused of shooting a man and stealing his pickup truck. That man has been hospitalized in critical condition. Strother’s condition has not been released. Strother faces several charges. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who can speak for him.
FATAL SHOOTING-ELDERLY SUSPECT
Judge orders evaluation of 87-year-old charged with murder
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A judge has ordered a full psychiatric evaluation of an 87-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting death of his neighbor. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Hermon Lowell Aycoth appeared confused and couldn’t correctly answer simple questions during a court hearing Thursday. Aycoth has been charged with first-degree murder in the July shooting death of Karla Ragsdale Essick, 54. Prosecutors said in court papers that Aycoth admitted shooting Essick “over some paperwork that she had helped him with the day before.”
Health officials say multiple people sick from sushi
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Health officials in North Carolina say at least 10 people got sick after eating sushi bought from two different grocery stores. The Charlotte Observer reports that health officials say they sushi was sold at two Harris Teeter grocery stores in Concord. Harris Teeter has contacted 429 households that made purchases at the stores’ sushi bars, which are operated by a third-party vendor. Health officials say those who ate the sushi and got sick have been vomiting and experiencing other symptoms like diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and abdominal cramps.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-REPUBLICAN RESURGE
Trump turnout helps N. Carolina GOP block Democratic advance
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democrats were hoping this November they would break the backs of Republicans, who after dominating state politics for much of the past decade saw their power erode in the 2016 and 2018 elections. Instead, state Democrats had little to tout after Election Day beyond Gov. Roy Cooper’s close yet expected reelection, a narrow victory for Attorney General Josh Stein, and picking up two U.S. House seats. President Donald Trump was defeated nationally but again won North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes. U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis earned a second term over Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.
BC-NC-CHILD KILLING-DEATH PENALTY SOUGHT
Death penalty sought against man accused of killing child
CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) – A judge in North Carolina is allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Forsyth County man who is accused of killing a 1-year-old girl. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that Jesse Wayne Perkins faces a first-degree-murder murder charge in the death of Carolina Rose Dodd. Carolina was the daughter of Perkins’ girlfriend. The girl died in August of 2018 from what authorities said was asphyxia from being smothered. Assistant District Attorney James Dornfried said that aggravating circumstances make Perkins eligible for the death penalty. Dornfried said that Perkins had admitted to smothering Carolina and told investigators that Carolina resisted and struggled.