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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
NC to vaccinate those 65+; College students not prioritized
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An updated vaccine distribution plan from North Carolina now prioritizes adults 65 years or older. It also removes college students from the prioritization schedule. They had previously been listed as a priority over the general public. The simplified plan aims to address concerns the previous guidance was too complicated and slowed down vaccinations. Some had also been concerned the plan prioritized college students over other groups that are more likely to die if they get infected with the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks North Carolina as the 10th slowest state in the nation per capita in vaccine doses administered.
COURT OF APPEALS
5 new NC Court of Appeals judges officially installed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Five new judges have been officially installed to sit on the bench at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Thursday’s online investiture ceremony included live swearings-in within the Raleigh courtroom of the state’s intermediate-level appeals court. These new judges joining the 15-member court had already taken their official oaths earlier this month. Four of them won eight-year terms in the November election. They are Judges Jeffery Carpenter, April Wood, Fred Gore and Jefferson Griffin. New Judge Darren Jackson joined the court after Gov. Roy Cooper appointed him to fill a vacancy.
AP-NC-ROCK FACE RESCUE
Rescuers: Person fell, got stuck on North Carolina rock face
BREVARD, N.C. (AP) – Rescuers have removed a person who fell 100 feet and became stuck on a North Carolina rock face. The Transylvania County Rescue Squad says on its Facebook page that its personnel responded to the nose of Looking Glass Rock, made contact with the unidentified person and lowered them to the ground where an ambulance was to carry them to a nearby hospital. Officials also said rescuers went out to assist a person who called the rescue squad who was still on the rock face. There was no word on injuries.
NC State sees COVID-19 cluster in its athletics department
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State University reported it has identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with its athletics department. The school made the announcement on its website Wednesday. They did not say how many people tested positive. áA “cluster” is defined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as five or more cases in close proximity. The school says those who tested positive are being isolated and quarantined. WRAL-TV reports the school’s women’s basketball team recently postponed a game due to concerns about the virus. It’s not clear if the cluster was within the basketball team.
ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Cooper raised $41 million; outspent GOP candidates still won
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic candidates dominated fundraising in the elections for the top statewide positions in North Carolina government last fall, but it didn’t always translate into victories. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s fundraising total for his successful reelection bid reached $41 million, compared with almost $12 million for GOP challenger Dan Forest. But new Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson won despite millions spent by billionaire Michael Bloomberg to help Democratic candidate Yvonne Holley. And Republicans won all eight appeals court elections despite getting outspent in individual races by Democratic candidates. The final campaign finance reports for the Nov. 3 elections were due this week.
AP-NC-FURNITURE STORE SHOOTING
Police seek 2 in fatal shooting at North Carolina store
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – Police are searching for two people wanted in connection with a shooting death at a North Carolina furniture store. The Hickory Record reports police say 51-year-old Phelifia Michele Marlow was shot in the head and killed around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday as workers ran after hearing the first of two gunshots. According to Hickory police, Tangela L. Parker is wanted for first-degree murder, and Eric Parker is wanted for accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Police consider the suspects armed and dangerous. An eyewitness quoted by the newspaper says the two women had been involved in an argument last week.