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After pandemic year, weary world looks back – and forward
It happened gradually, then all at once. On March 11, 2020, weeks and months of warning signs — a mysterious infection, spreading across the globe — culminated in the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic. Few could foresee the long road ahead or the many ways in which they would suffer — the deaths and agonies of millions, the ruined economies, the disrupted lives and near-universal loneliness and isolation. As the world marks one year of the global emergency, people are looking back on that time, assessing their lives now and looking to the future.



NC House Republicans pitch changes to emergency laws
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina Republican legislators want to change state laws that have allowed Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to place severe restrictions upon businesses, schools and activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. House Republicans scheduled a Legislative Building news conference on Wednesday to talk about their proposal involving the state Emergency Management Act. Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of Cooper issuing his first executive order related to the coronavirus. Lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully to overturn portions of Cooper’s orders with their own legislation. Cooper vetoed many of their bills and defended his actions in the name of public health.



Former professional baseball player shot to death
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a former professional baseball player was shot to death and a suspect has been arrested. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Jeffrey Goldbach was found suffering from a gunshot wound Sunday night. The sheriff’s office arrested 37-year-old Brandon Christopher Hyde and charged him with second-degree murder. A motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately released. Authorities say a second person was wounded in the shooting. Hyde is jailed on a $75,000 bond. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney. Goldbach was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1998, but spent his entire professional career in the minor leagues.



Ex-Republican Rhinehardt seeks NC Senate bid as independent
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A longtime Republican and former Capitol Hill staffer says she’s aiming to run for a North Carolina U.S. Senate seat next year as an independent candidate. Kimrey Rhinehardt of Pittsboro has started collecting over 83,000 signatures of registered voters she’d need for her name to be on the ballot in fall 2022. She says she officially changed her affiliation a few days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by extremist supporters of Donald Trump. GOP Sen. Richard Burr announced several years ago his plans not to seek another term in 2022. áSeveral other people have already announced their candidacies.



World War II veteran receives medals 77 years after heroism
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Nearly 80 years have passed since Marvin Cornett was wounded by a German mortar during a battle in World War II. The humble soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division didn’t think much about the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals he didn’t receive after returning home. For him, the recognition belonged to the ones who didn’t make it back. But his family disagreed, and they worked with Cornett’s former unit to get him the credit he deserved. Just shy of his 100th birthday, Marvin Cornett recently stood in his Army greens and shining jump boots as two uniformed soldiers pinned the medals on his chest.



Cooper, GOP Senate leader aim to reach school reopening deal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate leader Phil Berger are working on a deal to get more K-12 public schools reopened. The terms of the agreement were still being discussed Tuesday but could end a fight over how best to get kids back into classrooms. Republicans want middle schools and high schools reopened with daily instruction available. The Democratic governor wants local school boards to have flexibility to adjust their plans in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence. Word of negotiations came as House Republicans advanced legislation Tuesday to give more than a dozen districts the ability to hold daily in-person classes.



Ex-Army captain who killed family seeks release due to virus
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – A former Army captain serving three life sentences for the 1970 murders of his pregnant wife and two young children has asked a federal judge to free him due to his age and failing health. The Fayetteville Observer reports a hearing on Jeffrey MacDonald’s request for compassionate release is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at the federal courthouse in Raleigh. The 77-year-old was convicted in 1979 for slaughtering his family in their Fort Bragg home. MacDonald has maintained he was wrongly convicted while the police let the real killers get away. The case was later the focus of a true-crime book called “Fatal Vision.”



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