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Amid pandemic, grants keep Army veteran’s business afloat
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – When the COVID-19 pandemic dried up 95% of the income coming into Nicole Walcott’s North Carolina business, the U.S. Army veteran dug in her heels and started applying for any grant she could find. Without the financial assistance she’s received from nonprofits like Operation Homefront, Walcott doesn’t believe her alternative wellness center in Fayetteville would be open today. Throughout the pandemic, Operation Homefront has helped more than 1,000 veterans struggling financially even though the nonprofit has been receiving fewer donations. As a new wave of the virus hits, they’re bracing for an influx of even more requests.



North Carolina reports new daily high in coronavirus cases
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is reporting a new high of coronavirus cases for the second day in a row. North Carolina reported 6,438 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday. That compares to 6,018 cases the state reported Saturday. Cases have been rising significantly in the state in the past week. North Carolina went over 6,000 cases just two days after going above 5,000 cases. North Carolina’s health secretary described the increases as “very worrisome” on Saturday. Dr. Mandy Cohen said state officials were looking at what further actions could be taken to save lives in the state.



Shooting at bonfire causes 6 non-life-threatening injuries
AUTRYVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say a shooting at a late-night bonfire left six people with non-life-threatening injuries. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said it was dispatched at about 11:57 p.m. Saturday to a gathering of a large group of people in Autryville, North Carolina. The sheriff’s office says an argument between two males broke into a fight that ended with the shooting. Detectives interviewed several people at the scene and continued to investigate Sunday. Authorities say one of the shooters has been identified, and detectives continue to investigate.



Canabis oil facility built in South Carolina town
NEESES, S.C. (AP) – An industrial hemp company based in North Carolina has built a new cannabis oil extraction facility in a SoutháCarolina town. The Times and Democrat reports Carolina CannaTech built its 2,400-square-foot cannabidiol facility on a 50-acre parcel of Carolina Fresh Farm’s 3,000-acre hemp and sod farm just south of Neeses. Company officials declined to comment on the investment cost, except to describe it as “significant.” The facility will provide hemp extracting services for its own CBD brand, Nature’s Highway, as well as to other CBD companies.



North Carolina hits record 6,018 virus cases for the state
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is reporting a record increase in cases of the coronavirus and hospitalizations in the state. North Carolina reported Saturday morning that the state has had 6,018 cases since Friday. North Carolina says there are 2,171 people with COVID-19 in the state’s hospitals. That’s up 14 from a day earlier. The state’s health secretary says the increase is very worrisome. Mandy Cohen notes that in less than a week, the state has gone from exceeding 5,000 new cases reported in one day to exceeding more than 6,000. Cohen also notes that the state has a record number of people in intensive care.



Man arrested in fatal 6-car crash on Thanksgiving
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A man has been arrested in connection with a six-car crash that killed two people on Thanksgiving Day in Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Ryann Daniels was captured Thursday afternoon by sheriff’s deputies in Currituck County, North Carolina. He has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Daniels was being held at the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office detention center on a $500,000 bond. The charges stem from a deadly crash that occurred at 7:54 p.m. on Nov. 26. Police say Daniels was driving a pickup truck when he disregarded a red light and struck two vehicles.



Autopsy: soldier found dead in North Carolina decapitated
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An autopsy has found a Fort Bragg solider found dead this summer on North Carolina’s Outer Banks was decapitated. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez’s death was a homicide, but the cause of death remains undetermined because only his head was available for examination. Roman-Martinez was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was reported missing May 23, while on a Memorial Day weekend camping trip with friends at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Roman-Martinez was a native of Chino, California. The Army says he was last seen May 22 at a campsite on the park’s South Core Banks.



Judge names expert to scrutinize NC prison virus response
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge has agreed to name a third-party expert to scrutinize the COVID-19 response within North Carolina’s prison system. Prisons are experiencing a surge in cases and a growing number of inmates have been hospitalized. Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier said on Friday that he’s worried about the pressure the coronavirus is now placing upon correctional institutions. A key task of the special master he picked will be to ensure that additional inmates at higher risk for COVID-19 complications can serve at home or in safer settings. Rozier also wants all correctional workers who come in contact with prisoners tested every two weeks.



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