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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina sets 10 p.m. curfew amid surge in virus
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is directing many businesses to shut down by 10 p.m. in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Grocery chains and some retail stores that sell groceries will still be allowed to open past 10 p.m. Bars and restaurants must shut down by that time. Cooper wants people off the streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. because of a sharp rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state. North Carolina is hoping to deliver its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to hospital workers next week.
ELECTION 2022-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
N.C. state Sen. Jeff Jackson is considering US Senate bid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina state senator said he’s considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. Democratic legislator Jeff Jackson of Charlotte told supporters on Tuesday that he and his wife will discuss the possibility during the holidays and announce a decision later. The 2022 race should be an open seat, with GOP Sen. Richard Burr saying years ago he wouldn’t seek another six-year term. Democratic state Sen. Erica Smith and Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker already have announced they’re running. Jackson joined the state Senate in 2014 and won another two-year term last month. He’s an attorney and Army National Guard soldier.
AP-NC-FATAL SHOOTING-WOMAN CHARGED
Sheriff: N. Carolina woman charged in man’s shooting death
DOBSON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a North Carolina woman in connection with a man’s shooting death. The Surry County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Carrie Leigh Whitaker was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of 61-year-old Ronald Alan Clark. Sheriff Steve Hiatt says deputies received a call Monday afternoon regarding a shooting at Clark’s home. When deputies arrived, they found him dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Hiatt says it was Whitaker who called the sheriff’s office about the shooting. A motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately released. It’s unclear whether Whitaker has an attorney.
Sheriff: Officer charged with bringing contraband into jail
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a North Carolina correctional officer was fired and accused of bringing contraband into a detention center. Terrence Tyrell Austin, of Henderson, was charged with providing tobacco/vapor products to an inmate. The Durham County Sheriff’s Office says inmates at the Durham County Detention Facility were caught smoking cigarettes on Nov. 10. Investigators discovered that 33-year-old Austin was smuggling the tobacco products into the facility. He was subsequently fired. It’s unclear whether Austin has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Publisher handcuffed while objecting to lack of court access
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina newspaper publisher was handcuffed and ordered out of a courtroom as he objected to a decision to block reporters from attending a plea hearing. The case involved a woman accused of driving her car at two 12-year-old Black girls. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Tom Boney Jr. is publisher of The Alamance News and was delivering a document requesting a hearing on whether it’s appropriate to close the court to reporters. Journalists from other outlets had already been told they weren’t allowed inside the Alamance County Courthouse. After Boney tried to explain his objection, the judge ordered him to leave the courtroom in handcuffs.
Hall, Hamilton leaving Cabinet as Cooper preps for 2nd term
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two members of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet won’t remain in their posts as his second term begins next month. The Democratic governor said on Tuesday that Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Hall and Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton are leaving their jobs in the coming weeks. Cooper didn’t immediately announce their successors, who like other Cabinet secretaries are subject to state Senate confirmation. Hamilton and Hall were state House members when Cooper picked them for his administration. Cooper also says the search for a permanent secretary of the Department of Information Technology has begun.
Deputies: Woman held NC concert with nearly 200 people
ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) – A woman who authorities say organized a concert in North Carolina that had nearly 200 people in attendance has been charged. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responding to a noise complaint Sunday found the concert at an event venue in Zebulon. Outdoor gatherings in the state are limited to 50 people unless the event is taking place in a building that has received an exemption or has a seating capacity for 10,000 people. Authorities say Nanci Morales-Gonzales was the event coordinator. The News & Observer reports she was charged with participating in an outdoor mass gathering, which is a class 2 misdemeanor. She could face a $150 fine if she is found guilty.
92-year-old man finds college jacket with social media help
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – More than 60 years after Mal Osborn earned a varsity letter jacket from the University of Maine as a track runner, he still wore it. That is, until the 92-year-old lost it in October. The Bangor Daily News reported on Monday that Osborn’s daughter Beverly Amick posted a photo of her dad wearing the jacket on Facebook with a plea for help finding it. It worked. A woman living nearby had found the jacket in her yard covered with leaves. Amick says her father has been sporting the jacket since she had it dry-cleaned and returned it to him.