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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIVE AMERICANS
Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures
CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) – Native Americans are bucking a trend of minority populations who harbor doubts about the coronavirus vaccines. Tribes across the nation are embracing inoculations, and also have been among the first in the country to adopt coronavirus containment measures. There are two possible explanations: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19. And community before self has long been a core principle in Native American culture. Tribal leaders and health care providers say it is about preserving a fragile heritage that has been under threat for centuries.

 

 

AP-US-WINTER-WEATHER
Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A winter storm that left millions without power in record-breaking cold weather has claimed more lives. They include three people found dead after a tornado hit a seaside town in North Carolina and four family members who perished in a Houston-area house fire while using a fireplace to stay warm. The storm that overwhelmed power grids and immobilized the Southern Plains carried heavy snow and freezing rain into New England and the Deep South and left behind painfully low temperatures. Wind-chill warnings extended Tuesday from Canada into Mexico. In all, at least 20 deaths were reported.

 

 

TORNADO-NORTH CAROLINA
Tornado levels homes in North Carolina; 3 dead, 10 injured
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a ferocious tornado killed three people and injured at least 10 in a coastal community of North Carolina. Officials say the twister struck shortly before midnight Monday just inland from the barrier island of Ocean Isle Beach. The storm ripped homes apart and flipped cars over. Gov. Roy Cooper said dozens of homes were damaged. The National Weather Service says the tornado was an EF3, with winds estimated at 160 mph (257 kph). Meteorologist Mark Willis says the twister was spawned when warm air collided with a cold front bringing ice, snow and subzero temperatures to much of the nation.

 

 

AP-US-WINTER-WEATHER
Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A winter storm that left millions without power in record-breaking cold weather has claimed more lives. They include three people found dead after a tornado hit a seaside town in North Carolina and four family members who perished in a Houston-area house fire while using a fireplace to stay warm. The storm that overwhelmed power grids and immobilized the Southern Plains carried heavy snow and freezing rain into New England and the Deep South and left behind painfully low temperatures. Wind-chill warnings extended Tuesday from Canada into Mexico. In all, at least 20 deaths were reported.

 

 

ELECTION 2022-CONGRESS-GRAHAM
NC state Rep. Charles Graham planning a run for Congress
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – Democratic state Rep. Charles Graham says he’s running for Congress next year, with a likely goal of working to unseat Republican incumbent Dan Bishop. Graham made the announcement on Tuesday. The Robeson County resident is currently in his sixth House term at the General Assembly. He’s considered among the more conservative Democrats in the chamber. Graham says he’d run for the seat in the 9th Congressional District, which currently includes Robeson and several south-central counties, moving west all the way to Mecklenburg County. But the state’s congressional map likely will be redrawn later this year based on the decennial census figures.

 

 

WINTER WEATHER-DEEP SOUTH
Forecasters: More wintry weather for parts of the Deep South
Forecasters say Deep South towns already coated in ice could experience more travel problems and shutdowns as another blast of winter weather approaches. The National Weather Service says northern sections of Mississippi and Louisiana may get another 2 inches of snow and ice through Thursday. Travel difficulties could linger since low temperatures are predicted in the teens at night and highs only around freezing during the day until Friday. Temperatures will warm to the east starting Wednesday from Alabama through the Carolinas, but not before thousands of students miss at least one day of school because of the cold and icy conditions. Officials had to close sites administering vaccinations for COVID-19.

 

 

COOPER-CABINET
Cooper picks Delli-Gatti as next NC environmental secretary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has again picked a veteran leader from the Environmental Defense Fund to become his environment secretary. Cooper announced on Tuesday that Dionne Delli-Gatti will replace Michael Regan as head of the Cabinet-level Department of Environmental Quality. Regan is poised to become the next administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after President Joe Biden nominated him. A Senate confirmation vote could come next week. Delli-Gatti has served most recently as director of Southeast Climate and Energy at Environmental Defense. Regan worked at EDF for eight years before coming to Cooper’s administration.

 

 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SUMMER SCHOOL
Republicans back program for students lagging from virus
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House Republicans are backing a summer school program designed to target K-12 students at risk of academic failure as virtual learning continues during the pandemic. House Speaker Tim Moore highlighted the idea Tuesday. He said the measure will be discussed in a committee Wednesday. The in-person program would last six weeks. Moore says districts are getting enough COVID-19 relief money to fund the program, which includes hiring teachers temporarily. The House and Senate also have agreed on a compromise on separate legislation that would require all districts to offer at least partial in-person instruction now. The Senate approved that measure late Tuesday.