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Bill seeking to limit NC governor emergency powers advances
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – House Republicans have advanced a measure that requires North Carolina’s governor to get formal support from other elected leaders to enforce long-term statewide emergency orders. A state House judiciary committee voted on Tuesday for the legislation. It marks another response by GOP legislators to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive orders declaring an emergency due to COVID-19. Republicans and some allies have said Cooper has wielded too much individual power closing schools and businesses. The bill would require the governor to seek and receive backing from a majority of the Council of State. Cooper vetoed a similar bill last year.



Duke COVID-19 cases surge; fraternities blamed for many
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Duke University saw nearly as many cases of the coronavirus last week as it did during the entire fall semester. The university’s online tracker shows a quadrupling of positive cases among students over the previous week. Top administrators blame fraternities for the surge amid reports of recruitment activities and off-campus parties. The campus will remain on lockdown through Sunday. In-person classes have been moved online and off-campus students are urged to stay off campus. Those in residence halls or apartments must remain in their room unless they are performing essential activities.



North Carolina company decides to retain headquarters
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A company which has been a fixture in central North Carolina for years has decided to stay at its current location and keep the 650 jobs at the site. The News & Record of Greensboro reports Syngenta Crop Protection said Tuesday it will keep its North American headquarters in west Greensboro and invest $68 million to redevelop and rebuild a significant portion of its campus. The company, which has been discussing its options for a new site since mid-2019, said its original 70-acre home is the best fit despite looking at other sites in Guilford County, Research Triangle Park and Chicago, among other areas.



Senators ready to elect next batch of UNC Board members
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Senate is ready to elect several people to the governing panel for the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Senators prepared for their biennial election Wednesday of members to the UNC Board of Governors. They’ll select six candidates to serve four-year terms. Nominees include current board Chair Randy Ramsey. Senators also have a seventh seat to fill due to a vacancy when Darrell Allison resigned in September. Allison is now the Fayetteville State University chancellor. The House also will soon elect six people to the board, which has 24 voting members.



Appeals court upholds conviction in Black partygoer’s death
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court has left intact the murder conviction of a white man who fired a shotgun at an unarmed Black partygoer after reporting “hoodlums” in the neighborhood. áA majority on a state Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of 43-year-old Chad Cameron Copley. He was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 shooting death of 20-year-old Kourey Thomas as Thomas left a late-night gathering near the curb in front of Copley’s house in Raleigh. The ruling came after the state Supreme Court reversed an earlier Court of Appeals ruling that ordered a new trial.



Voter outreach led to big drop in rejected mail ballots
ATLANTA (AP) – A surge of absentee ballots during last year’s election led to concerns that a larger percentage of mailed ballots could be rejected for arriving past the deadline, not having a voter’s signature or some other reason. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that didn’t happen. AP found the rate of ballot rejections was actually lower in November than during last year’s primaries in several politically pivotal states despite an increase in the total number of mailed ballots cast. Voting rights groups attribute the success to widespread efforts to educate voters and following up on those that got rejected.



Law enforcement resuscitates kayaker who overturned in lake
ELDORADO, N.C. (AP) – A state wildlife officer and a county sheriff’s deputy have resuscitated a kayaker whose vessel overturned in a North Carolina lake. The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Saturday at Falls Reservoir in eastern Stanly County. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said that master officer David Ritzheimer was patrolling by boat when he heard cries for help from a group on the shore. The kayaker had been underwater for several minutes. He had no pulse and was not breathing. Ritzheimer and sheriff’s deputy Darnell Almond took turns performing CPR until the kayaker was able to breathe. He remained hospitalized Monday.



Founder of Baltimore art collection backed Confederate cause
BALTIMORE (AP) – A founder of the Baltimore art collection that bears his name campaigned for the Confederate cause along with his son. The revelation comes from a museum whose spokesman says it’s trying to show its role in inequality over the years. The Baltimore Sun reports the disclosures come as institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University and art museums in the U.S. and Europe are exploring and sharing shameful parts of their pasts. But research conducted by the Walters Art Museum made public Monday revealed that William Walters helped organize a protest that led to the Pratt Street Riots of 1861, resulting in the Civil War’s first casualties.



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