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VIRUS OUTBREAK-VETERAN BUSINESS
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.
OFFICER SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina police officer on paid leave after shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a North Carolina police officer was placed on paid administrative leave after a shootout left a robbery suspect wounded. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police says eight-year veteran Samantha Thompson was placed on leave, while the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations looks into the incident. Officers encountered a robbery suspect at a convenience store Sunday morning. Police say the suspect shot at officers and one of them returned fire. Police say the suspect fled the scene but was apprehended when he crashed into a utility pole. Officers later realized the suspect was wounded. The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Jemario Bernard Baldwin. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.
Task force recommends ways to improve N.C. teacher diversity
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A task force that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper commissioned to study K-12 educator diversity has finalized its recommendations. áThe DRIVE Task Force was comprised of nearly three-dozen educators, administrators, education advocates, government and university system representatives and business leaders. Black, Hispanic and other minority students comprised 53% of the statewide public school population in the 2018-19 school year but only 21% of teachers were considered minorities. The report approved Monday recommends expanded financial assistance for student-teachers, the promotion anti-bias instructional practices and the creation of support networks for teachers of color. The panel says many improvements will require significant spending.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS
Foxx, Budd return to Washington after positive COVID tests
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two Republican members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation have returned to work in Washington after both tested positive recently for COVID-19. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk tested positive the week of Nov. 23. Rep. Ted Budd of Advance had announced last week he received a similar coronavirus diagnosis. The 77-year-old Foxx was asymptomatic, while Budd said he had mild symptoms. Foxx’s office and Budd said on Monday that were back in the nation’s capital. Foxx and Budd both won reelection last month.
Julius Chambers honored by renamed N. Carolina post office
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A post office in North Carolina’s largest city is now renamed for a late civil rights attorney. President Donald Trump signed into law recently a measure backed by North Carolina’s congressional delegation and designed to honor Julius Chambers. His law firm won many significant civil rights cases, including one over court-ordered busing in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district. Chambers later served as chancellor of North Carolina Central University. A northeast Charlotte post office is now known as the “Julius L. Chambers Civil Rights Memorial Post Office.” Chambers died in 2013 at age 76.
North Carolina gets $14M from record telemarketing penalty
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s public schools will receive $14 million for the state’s share of a record settlement with a satellite television company that federal courts have determined participated in unlawful telemarketing activities. State Attorney General Josh Stein and other government attorneys who anchored the litigation against Dish Network announced the $210 million settlement several months after a federal appeals court decision addressing a 2017 trial judgment in Illinois. The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday that Dish will pay $126 million to the federal government, with the remainder being distributed to North Carolina and three other states. The lawsuit was filed over a decade ago.
North Carolina deputies confront, arrest man pointing AK-47
EDEN, N.C. (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a North Carolina man who they say pointed an assault rifle at them after they went to a home to serve him with a warrant. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Monday that deputies went to a home in Pelham on Friday to arrest 46-year-old Patrick James Donovan on an assault charge. Deputies say Donovan emerged from a carport carrying an AK-47 and wearing body armor. The news release says Donovan fled into nearby woods before he put down his rifle and surrendered. Donovan is jailed on a $1 million secured bond and it’s not known if he has an attorney.
Search on for man fishing in kayak on N. Carolina coast
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities are searching for a man who went fishing in his kayak on the Outer Banks over the weekend and hasn’t returned. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says in a news release that the kayaker, who hasn’t been identified, was fishing near the Old Manns Harbor Bridge in Dare County around 7 p.m. Saturday. According to the commission, the man’s wife called 911 on Sunday when he didn’t come home. Commercial fishermen found the kayak overturned in Croatan Sound on Monday. Authorities say the man didn’t have a life jacket.