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COVID-19 surging as North Carolina set to ease restrictions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have skyrocketed in recent weeks amid spread of the more contagious delta variant. But despite the rises in cases, the state appears unlikely to implement new restrictions. It is instead moving forward with plans to eliminate its statewide mask mandate and ease masking guidelines for high school students starting on Friday. áThis has prompted concerns from teacher advocates that it may be less safe to return to work. The latest state data shows hospitalizations have doubled in the last two weeks and the rolling average of daily new cases has increased by nearly 200%.
4 arrested in drive-by shooting that killed 13-year-old girl
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say four people have been arrested and charged in the drive-by shooting of a 13-year-old girl. Monroe police said in a Facebook post all four have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held at the Union County Jail without bond. News outlets report that the men charged range in age from 18 to 22. Police say the girl was sitting with friends at a picnic table in Monroe, about 30 miles from Charlotte, on Saturday evening when someone in an SUV opened fire in their direction and then sped away. The child, who was not immediately identified, was treated at the scene and then transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
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North Carolina man cited after son rescued from porch roof
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been cited by police after firefighters rescued a 2-year-old from the roof of a home. Jacksonville police spokeswoman Beth Purcell says in a news release that officers and emergency personnel responded on Saturday to a report of a child on a roof over the front porch of a home on the north city of the city. Firefighters used a ladder to remove the child from the roof, and Purcell says the child was unharmed. Jacksonville police charged 22-year-old Justin Alexander Tueros with misdemeanor child abuse. Tueros was cited and released.
North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly is slowing down this week as lawmakers prepare for budget negotiations and action on other measures during August. The state Senate plans no recorded floor votes until next week, while House leaders say they’ll take up legislation in floor sessions only on Monday evening and Tuesday. This week’s break is happening largely because some Republicans are traveling to a conference. Senate leader Phil Berger says his chamber is also awaiting the House to approve its version of the state government budget. The Senate approved its two-year spending proposal in June.
Child killed in North Carolina drive-by shooting; 1 arrested
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have arrested one man and are searching for other suspects in connection with a drive-by shooting that left a 13-year-old girl dead. According to Monroe police, the victim was sitting outside with friends on a picnic table when an SUV drove by Saturday evening and someone inside opened fire. The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The city said Sunday that a 20-year-old had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He was being held without bond. Warrants were issued for two other men, and police were working to identify a potential fourth suspect.
Plane flips after landing on Ocracoke; no serious injuries
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say no one was seriously injured when a small airplane flipped over onto its roof shortly after landing at the Ocracoke Island Airport on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. A news release from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore said the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The single-engine airplane came to rest in grass near the end of the runway, and emergency officials responded. Neither the pilot nor passenger required transport to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and no further details were immediately available.
North Carolina woman to become rare 2-time organ donor
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman is set to join the elite ranks of two-time living organ donors. The Wilson Times reports that on Tuesday, surgeons in New York will take part of 54-year-old Stephanie Allen’s liver and transplant it into her brother, Eric Allen. Stephanie Allen, a delivery driver and mother of four, previously donated a kidney to her sister in 2006. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, just 91 people have donated two organs to two people since April 1994.
Successful drone trial delivers supplies to Ocracoke Island
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina transportation officials say successful drone flights this week to Ocracoke have them hopeful that it may soon get easier to deliver vital supplies to the remote Outer Banks island amid bad weather. The North Carolina Department of Transportation and drone logistics company Volansi completed two successful trial flights of a delivery drone from a ferry dock in Hatteras to Ocracoke Island. That’s according to a news release the department issued Friday. The tests conducted Thursday involved an eight-mile round-trip flight. A transportation official says deliveries to Ocracoke from the mainland might be possible someday. The testing will be continued.