VIRUS OUTBREAK-SCHOOL REOPENING
Governor wants all districts to return pupils to classrooms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says would like to see all 115 school districts in the state allow students to return to physical classrooms. But he said Tuesday that he does not support a bill from Republican state lawmakers that would do just that. Cooper instead wants districts to decide for themselves which learning options are best for their community. Advocates for teachers are frustrated the state has not bumped up that workforce on the vaccine priority list. They also worry that not enough money is being given to them to safely reopen. New state guidance calls for lesser safety standards for elementary school students.
UNC Wilmington launches $100 million campaign
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Officials at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington say the school has raised $86 million as part of a campaign to support students, faculty, programs and facilities. A news release from the school says UNCW began counting gifts toward the campaign’s goal of $100 million on July 1, 2015. Among the donors are David Congdon and his wife, who made a $10 million gift commitment to establish the David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems. Among the newest programs already established at the school is the bachelor’s degree in coastal engineering, which the school says is the first of its kind in the nation.
AP-NC-FORT BRAGG-BODIES FOUND
FBI joins investigation into two bodies found on Fort Bragg
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The FBI is joining with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in seeking information from the public in connection with two bodies being found on Fort Bragg last year. A news release from the FBI on Tuesday says investigators are looking to create a timeline of the locations and activities of Timothy Dumas Sr. and Master Sgt. William Lavigne III on Dec. 1-2. A statement from the North Carolina post said the bodies were found in a training area and that their deaths were not related to official unit training.
AP-NC-MURDER SUSPECT CHARGED
North Carolina man wanted in shooting death turns himself in
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man who was wanted in a fatal weekend shooting has turned himself in. The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that detectives served a warrant on 34-year-old Rashawn Shareef Pridgen in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old Jalen Jamal Johnson of Grifton on Sunday. The shooting occurred in LaGrange. According to the sheriff’s office, Pridgen turned himself in on Monday evening following a search by several law enforcement agencies. He is being held without bond in the county jail. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
FATAL SHOOTINGS-TWO CHARGED
Two suspects charged after shooting deaths in North Carolina
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department has arrested two men in a shooting in which two people were killed and a third person was wounded. News outlets report detectives with the Thomasville Police Department were called on Monday to a location where they found one man lying in the street and a second man behind a duplex, both with gunshot wounds. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the third victim is hospitalized in stable condition. Authorities charged 21-year-old Severen Trique Singleton and 25-year-old Jacoreyian Dreshawn McClendon with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McClendon is free after posting bond.
North Carolina tourist dies during Florida snorkeling trip
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – Officials say a tourist from North Carolina died following a snorkeling trip off the Florida Keys. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Erica Michelle Brown was snorkeling with family and friends Sunday afternoon when she began signaling for help. Someone on the boat began CPR. She was transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard boat. Paramedics waiting on shore took her to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Sheriff’s officials didn’t list Brown’s hometown in North Carolina. Officials say autopsy results are pending.
HISTORIC HOME DELISTED
N Carolina home of white supremacist voted off landmark list
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The home of a former North Carolina newspaper publisher who helped orchestrate an 1898 riot in which at least 60 Blacks were killed has been removed from a list of historic landmarks. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Raleigh City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to strip the home of Josephus Daniels of the local designation. According to the book, “Wilmington’s Lie,” Daniels was a former publisher of The News & Observer and conspired with others to instill fear and anger among the white residents of Wilmington, a majority Black town in which both elected Black and whites worked together.
Belmont University announces new president
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Belmont University’s Board of Trustees has announced that L. Gregory Jones will become the new president of the university starting June 1. According to a Monday news release, Jones will succeed former Belmont President Bob Fisher after Fisher’s retirement in May. Jones is currently the dean of the Duke Divinity School, a position he’s held from 1997 through 2010 and again from 2018 to present. Between 2010 and 2018, he served as vice president and vice provost for global strategy at Duke University, as well as served at Baylor University.