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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Wake Forest University has suspended a student organization after the floor partially collapsed during an off-campus gathering at a private residence. A statement from the university says the group is under an interim suspension while the incident from Saturday is investigated. No serious injuries were reported. The school is also investigating violations of the university’s COVID-19 protocols. The group wasn’t named. A fire official told the Winston-Salem Journal that part of the first floor collapsed into the basement, and the residence wasn’t a safe place for the renters to stay. The school says it will provide resources to those involved, including housing assistance.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Firefighters in North Carolina’s largest city say a fatal house fire was intentionally set. The fire began early Sunday in a home along a west Charlotte street near the intersection of Interstates 85 and 485. The Charlotte Fire Department says on social media that one person died from the fire. The victim’s name hasn’t been released. The department also hasn’t said what caused the fire, but police are now the lead agency in the case. A firefighter also was treated for injuries not considered life-threatening.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina-based mystery writer whose book series won her major awards and plaudits in the genre has died at age 82. The son of Margaret Maron said Sunday she died last Tuesday at a hospice in Raleigh from stroke-related complications. Maron is best known for the Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott series of books. The first Knott books won the four major mystery-writing awards. Harald was a New York police lieutenant and Knott a North Carolina judge. She was born in North Carolina and returned to the state permanently in the 1970s.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The recent second-in-charge at the North Carolina Democratic Party has been elevated to party chair. Bobbi Richardson was elected on Saturday by the party’s State Executive Committee, making her the first Black leader to hold the post in the state. Richardson is a former state legislator from Franklin County and the outgoing first vice-chair. She succeeds Wayne Goodwin, a former state insurance commissioner who has been chair since 2017. He chose not to seek reelection. Richardson becomes the party’s top leader after mixed results for the Democrats during the November election.