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Infant accidentally shot during domestic dispute
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say an infant was accidentally shot during a domestic dispute in Charlotte. Multiple news outlets reported that the 1-year-old was shot in the hand Saturday during an altercation between two family members. The reports did not say how the family members were related to the child. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the child’s injury appeared to be non-life-threatening. WCNC-TV reported that one person was arrested. The child was transported to a local hospital to be treated.



Two teens shot at graduation party in Rocky Mount
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – Police say two teens were shot at a graduation party in Rocky Mount after an argument escalated into violence. WRAL-TV reports that Rocky Mount police responded to a shooting at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A 19-year-old man was taken to UNC Nash Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead. A 17-year-old was shot in the face, then fled to a McDonald’s. He was taken to Vidant Healthcare Greenville, where he was listed in critical condition. It was the second fatal shooting at a graduation party over the weekend. On Friday, an 18-year-old was fatally shot in Sanford during a graduation party in a hotel room. A 16-year-old has been charged.



Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school
As the second school year disrupted by the pandemic winds down, summer school plans are taking shape around the country. An influx of federal funding included in COVID-19 rescue legislation is letting districts broaden programming and offer spots to more students than ever before. The Biden administration is requiring states to pour at least $1.2 billion into summer enrichment programs. Districts also must reserve at least 20% of the windfall to address learning loss, which could include summer school, with a focus on students who have been most affected by the shift away from in-person learning.



‘Get used to me’: Postmaster evokes Trump style in Biden era
WASHINGTON (AP) – Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is uninterested in the niceties of Washington. The wealthy longtime businessman with an outer borough New York accent prides himself as a problem solver ready to disrupt an unwieldy bureaucracy. And he’s facing growing legal troubles. In other words, the postmaster general may be the closest thing to former President Donald Trump left in the nation’s capital. And there’s little President Joe Biden can do about it. As he approaches his first anniversary at the helm of the U.S. Postal Service, DeJoy is under mounting pressure to resign. Instead he’s promoting a 10-year plan to remake the service and telling critics: “Get used to me.”



Merck probing discovery of noose at North Carolina plant
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A published report says pharmaceutical maker Merck & Co. is investigating how a noose ended up on the campus of its plant in Durham, North Carolina. The News & Observer reports that a contractor found “a rope fashioned as a noose” at a construction project at the site, according to an email obtained by the newspaper. The email said the rope was immediately removed. Merck operates a 262-acre facility in north Durham. The email from site management said such acts will not be tolerated and anyone found responsible will be dealt with “swiftly and severely.”



Trump’s grievances cloud Republican agenda heading into 2022
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republicans are fighting to seize control of Congress. Just don’t ask what they’d do if they win. Look no further for evidence of the GOP’s muddled governing agenda than battleground North Carolina, where party leaders packed into a convention hall Saturday night to cheer former President Donald Trump. Even with a high-stakes U.S. Senate election looming, the Republicans at the event were united not by any consistent set of conservative policies or principles, but by Trump’s groundless grievances about the 2020 election and his attacks against critics in both parties. In successful midterm elections of past years, Republicans scored big gains after staking out clear positions on health care, federal spending and crime.



Sheriff’s deputy fired after patrol car crash, DWI charge
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) – An off-duty sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has been fired after he crashed his patrol car and was charged with driving while impaired. The Charlotte Observer reports that Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown announced the firing in a Facebook post Friday. The sheriff’s post said the deputy crashed after picking up his assigned vehicle from a maintenance appointment near Newton, about 45 miles northwest of Charlotte. The sheriff did not name the deputy in his post and did not say when the crash happened. The North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the single-car crash and filed the DWI charge.



Suspect found dead after 3 killed in mobile home community
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a man suspected of killing three people in a mobile home community died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Huntersville police responded to a call Tuesday after a family member found 58-year-old Michael Eugene Elliot dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside his home. The next day, police found a second victim, identified as 26-year-old Kendrick Eugene Knight, in a nearby wooded area. On Thursday, police found a third victim, 41-year-old Phillip Daryl Jewell, in his home. Also inside Jewell’s home, detectives found the body of the suspect in the killings, 21-year-old Michael Jacob Matocha. Police have not released a possible motive for the killings, but did confirm they believe Knight and Matocha were friends.