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4 remain hospitalized after Wilmington house party shooting
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Four people are still hospitalized after a shooting at a party in Wilmington, North Carolina, that also left three dead. Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jessica Williams told the StarNews on Monday that the injured are still at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and are “stable and recovering.” In the meantime, the investigation into what police said was a gunfight at a house party is continuing. The police department said in a statement that the investigation will take time and significant manpower to “bring justice to the victims and their families.” Police have found several firearms at the scene. And detectives are pursuing leads. Flowers and memorials have been placed at the house.



Lawsuit says officer broke car window, threw driver on glass
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A Black motorist is suing a North Carolina police department after she says a white officer threw her onto broken glass after he broke her car window with his baton. The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the lawsuit involves an incident in the town of Mooresville in April 2018. Danielle Helena Downing says in the lawsuit that Mooresville police Officer Josh Barlow used his baton to smash her car window as she was attempting to hand him her vehicle registration. She says Barlow, dragged her from the car and threw heron top of the glass shards, leaving her with multiple cuts and other injuries that required hospital treatment. The city says it will not comment on the lawsuit.



Bill would make Fridays of ACC hoop tournaments a holiday
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A bill being pitched in the North Carolina General Assembly would mean fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments could watch one day of action without calling in sick to work or school. The measure would designate the Fridays in March during the ACC Tournaments as a state holiday. In recent years, the Friday of the men’s and women’s tournaments have featured the semifinals, meaning two games being played at night. For many years, the quarterfinals of each tournament featured four games on Fridays, making for long lunch hours and distracted classrooms.



Video shows dog attacking horse carriage in North Carolina
WAXHAW, N.C. (AP) – The driver of a horse-drawn carriage in North Carolina is being credited with helping steer the horse and passengers to safety after a dog repeatedly attacked the animal as it was pulling the cart. The owner of the carriage ride company said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the driver tried to fend off the dog as it bit the horse on its face and legs in a Waxhaw park. Video of the encounter posted online showed the dog continually lunging at the horse, who eventually kicks it away. The owner said the horse is expected to heal. The driver was also hurt, but her injuries haven’t been disclosed.



Ex-policeman, girlfriend enter pleas in child abuse case
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina police officer and his girlfriend have been convicted of child abuse charges involving the officer’s son. The Winston-Salem Journal reports 37-year-old David Benjamin Ingram, a former corporal with the Winston-Salem Police Department, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. A felony charge of negligent child abuse was dismissed as part of the plea arrangement. Ingram’s girlfriend, 33-year-old Jaimie Leonard Binkley, entered an Alford plea to negligent child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury. That means she didn’t admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her if the case had gone to trial.



U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Jackson raises about $1.3 million
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic senate candidate Jeff Jackson raised nearly $1.3 million since entering the race in January. His campaign says more than 14,000 people contributed by the end of March. Jackson is looking to fill an open U.S. Senate being vacated by Republican Sen. Richard Burr. The Charlotte-area state senator plans to publicly release his first quarterly campaign finance report of the 2022 election cycle on April 15. The median donation was $25. Jackson’s campaign says 86% of the more than 20,000 contributions it received were under $100. Residents in all but one of North Carolina’s 100 counties reportedly donated to his campaign.



Hiker largely unhurt after tumbling 1,000 feet in mountains
PISGAH FOREST, N.C. (AP) – A hiker in North Carolina was rescued largely unhurt after slipping from an overlook near the Blue Ridge Parkway and tumbling about 1,000 feet. The Charlotte Observer reports the hiker was able to walk with assistance Sunday after rescue crews rappelled about 150 feet down Slate Rock in the Pisgah National Forest to reach him. The Transylvania County Rescue Squad tells the newspaper the hiker was on a trail when he rolled down the largely barren rock outcropping known for its view of mountain peaks in western North Carolina. The fall marks the third time this year that a hiker in the state has needed to be rescued.



N.C. bill would ban treatment for trans people under 21
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A trio of North Carolina Republicans are looking to ban gender confirming treatment options for residents under 21. The measure that will almost assuredly not become law would prevent doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery. LGBTQ advocates fear the bill would also out people under 21 who tell state workers that they may be transgender. Senate Bill 514 follows a nationwide trend of GOP-controlled state legislatures looking to limit treatments for transgender adolescents. Arkansas’ GOP governor vetoed a similar proposal that would have impacted youth under 18.