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North Carolina man finds WWII-era mortar round in basement
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man’s discovery of a World War II-era mortar round in his home Sunday prompted police to close several area roads. Dr. Ralph Haynes, of Durham, told WTVD-TV that he found the 60 mm mortar round from 1942 behind a pillar in a basement crawlspace during a home renovation project. Haynes said he believes the shell had probably been there since the 1950s. Haynes said the mortar round still had its firing pin intact, so he carefully moved it to a separate garage before calling the Durham Police Department. The removal by the bomb squad prompted street closures for nearly two hours.



Girl, 10, fatally shot in North Carolina
HOLLISTER, N.C. (AP) – A 10-year-old North Carolina girl has died after being shot in what authorities say may have been the result of mishandling of a gun by a family member. WRAL-TV reports that Halifax County deputies were called to Bobolink Trail in Hollister at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of a juvenile being shot. By the time they arrived, they learned the girl had died from her injuries. Deputies said an investigation indicates that the girl may have been shot accidently by a relative who mishandled a firearm. No other details were immediately available.



Georgia city seeks grant to start flights to North Carolina
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) – Officials in a south Georgia city have applied for a federal grant that could be used to start flights to North Carolina. Valdosta Regional Airport Manager Jim Galloway says the money from the Federal Aviation Administration could enable two round trips a day to the American Airlines hub in Charlotte. A decision on the application by the Valdosta City Council is not expected until the fall. The city wants $1.25 million and would be required to provide a 10% match. Any flights to North Carolina would not begin until 2022. The airport currently has three round trips a day connecting to Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.



Deputy released from hospital after traffic stop shooting
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy who was shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 has been released from the hospital. Nash County Deputy William “Tommy” Toney was shot several times Thursday morning. He was released from the hospital Saturday. Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said his deputies spotted a Mercedes-Benz with Florida tags speeding in the southbound lanes of I-95 and stopped the car to issue a warning. One deputy noticed criminal activity in the car and called another deputy to the scene. Stone said when deputies asked the man to step out of the car, he pulled out a gun and opened fire. The suspect was also wounded. Both Toney and the suspect were both taken to a hospital in Greensville.



Annual Moral March turns into motorcade in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A large group of activists turned out for an annul demonstration in Raleigh to push for causes ranging from racial equity and justice to a $15 minimum wage. The annual Moral March and HKonJ looked different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of hundreds of people marching through the streets of downtown Raleigh, the activists formed a motorcade, complete with signs, stickers and beeping horns. WRAL-TV reports that this year’s theme was “Hope in Action: Living a New World Into Existence.” Vehicles began lining up at about 7 a.m. Saturday at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts.



R.C. Soles Jr., former North Carolina lawmaker, dead at 86
TABOR CITY, N.C. (AP) – Robert Charles “R.C.” Soles Jr., a former North Carolina lawmaker, has died. He was 86. Soles, of Tabor City, served in the General Assembly for 42 years. The Inman Ward Funeral home said Soles died Friday at McLeod Loris Hospital. Soles, an attorney, was first elected to District 13 in the House in 1968. After redistricting, he represented the 19th District. He left the House in 1977 after winning a seat in the Senate. At the time of the time of his retirement in 2011, he was the longest serving state legislator in North Carolina history.



Man arrested in machete attack on North Carolina transit bus
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested a man on two counts of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of two people on a transit bus. News outlets report that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said 27-year-old Reginald Jakes was arrested on Friday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday when a man pulled out a machete and stabbed two people on a Charlotte Area Transit System bus. Both people were taken to the hospital with injuries said not to be life-threatening. A hospital near the scene of the incident was placed in lockdown, but a spokeswoman said the man never entered the building.



Calls grow for US to rely on rapid tests to fight pandemic
WASHINGTON (AP) – With President Joe Biden vowing to get younger students back to the classroom by spring, some experts want the U.S. to refocus its COVID-19 testing system less on medical precision than on mass screening that they believe could save hundreds of thousands of lives. As vaccinations slowly ramp up, they say turning to millions more rapid tests that are cheaper and faster but technically less accurate than the predominant genetic tests may improve the chances of identifying sick people during the early days of infection, when they are most contagious. The case for widescale rapid testing is getting a boost from universities and school systems that have used the approach to stay open through the latest waves of the pandemic.



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