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LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – A temporary field hospital in North Carolina is easing the burden on medical facilities overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. The tents were erected earlier this month in the parking lot of Caldwell Memorial Hospital in the city of Lenoir. The 30-bed field hospital comprises four medical wards and a pharmacy for patients who have been discharged from the hospital’s intensive care unit and do not need ventilators. Four other hospitals besides Caldwell are sending patients here so they can use their regular beds for more serious cases. The tents and medical care givers have been provided by the international Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, which is based in North Carolina.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Catawba Indian Nation that clears the way for Las Vegas-style gaming at a planned resort in Kings Mountain. Federal approval is still needed for the type of gambling envisioned, but the South Carolina-based tribe says the agreement means construction can start on a site about half an hour west of Charlotte. North Carolina currently has two casinos operated by the Eastern Band of the Cherokees in the southwestern corner of the state. The Cherokees are suing in federal court to try to stop the Catawba casino.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A North Carolina-bound flight had to return to the gate in Florida after it was struck by a bird during takeoff. Delta flight 2084 from Tampa to Raleigh returned to the gate Sunday after being struck by the bird at Tampa International Airport. Delta said in a statement that the Airbus A319 had 40 customers and five crew members on board. Because of damage to the plane’s engine, the passengers and crew had to transfer to another plane to continue the flight.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say two juvenile robbery suspects have been captured after crashing a car into an Amtrak train while trying to flee police. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers received a call just before 10 p.m. Friday about a robbery on Mont Carmel Lane. Officers found the suspect vehicle and tried to pull it over, but the driver did not stop. A vehicle pursuit ended when the car hit the train. Amtrak officials said no one on the train was injured. The two juveniles are charged with armed robbery, felony conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a minor.