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HOMICIDE SUSPECT CAPTURED
Woman wanted for killing in North Carolina found in Georgia
SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) – Police say a woman wanted for a killing in North Carolina has been found in Georgia with her 2-year-old son. The South Fulton Police Department says 31-year-old Camille Singleton was taken into custody at a Walmart on Sunday. She’s a suspect in the killing of Inita Gaither in Clayton, North Carolina. Officers found the 68-year-old dead inside her home while conducting a welfare check on Thursday. Police say she and Singleton were related. Singleton’s son was the subject of an AMBER Alert issued Friday. He was found unharmed with his mother on Sunday and was placed in the care of family members. Police said Singleton would be extradited to North Carolina.
AP-NC-MISSING PERSONS-FATAL SHOOTING
Missing couple found dead in North Carolina newspaper office
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) – Police say a missing couple were found shot to death inside a North Carolina newspaper office. Officers with the Newton Police Department and deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls Friday about the two missing people. WJZY reported they were 55-year-old Cindy Hull and 58-year-old Larry Brigham. Police were following up on leads around 11 p.m. when they found their cars parked outside The Observer News Enterprise on North College Avenue in Newton, police said, according to WBTV. Inside the business, police said they found Hull and Brigham dead with gunshot wounds, WBTV reported.
North Carolina state Rep. Dana Bumgardner dies
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina state Rep. Dana Bumgardner has died from cancer. North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore confirmed Bumgardner’s death on Saturday. The Gaston County Republican died at his home in Gastonia. He was in his fifth two-year term. He is survived by his wife Cindy, his children, Lauren and Austin, and his grandchildren Payton, Maggie, and Kate.
BC-NC-WOMEN’S MARCH-NORTH CAROLINA
Hundreds rally in Raleigh against anti-abortion laws
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Hundreds of people in Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, have rallied against restrictive anti-abortion laws in Texas. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that the protest was organized by a coalition of local advocacy groups. The Texas law, which was passed in May and went into effect in September, prohibits abortions after a fetal “heartbeat” is detected – as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block the law. The court will hear oral arguments for another major abortion case in December.
Campaign aims to steer students away from porn, predators
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Law enforcement and education leaders in North Carolina are joining in a campaign it hopes will keep students from being exposed to online pornography and adult sex predators. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the state Department of Public Instruction and the nonprofit group The Third Talk have partnered on an internet safety video. The video will tell middle school and high school students about the dangers of online pornography. Students will see the video in school. State leaders say there’s a greater need for the video because online usage has increased, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nursing home cited after dementia patient found with maggots
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina agency has cited a nursing home after live maggots were found in the wound of a dementia patient. WBTV reports the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services cited University Place Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Charlotte on Sept. 20 following an investigation prompted by a complaint from the resident’s grandson. Justin Waddell says he first became aware of his grandmother’s infested wound after a tip from the facility’s staff members. Instead of sending the woman to the hospital to have the wound cleaned, staff told inspectors, the assistant director of nursing was directed to clean the wound on-site.
TEACHING RACE-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina board passes strict rules for teaching race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school board has passed a policy preventing Critical Race Theory in its classrooms after county commissioners threatened to withhold nearly $8 million in funding. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Johnston County teachers could be disciplined or fired if they teach that American historical figures weren’t heroes, undermine the U.S. Constitution in lessons or describe racism as a permanent part of American life. The Johnston County Board of Commissioners was withholding $7.9 million until the school board passed a policy preventing critical race theory from county classrooms.
Energy bill deal aims to meet Cooper NC gas reduction goals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper have announced an agreement on an energy bill that aims to meet Cooper’s goals on greenhouse gas reductions. The measure would remove most of the prescriptive actions that House Republicans laid out in an earlier version of the bill that passed the chamber in July. Friday’s deal still would allow Duke Energy to seek multiyear rate increases, instead of year by year. The new bill tells the Utilities Commission to create a roadmap on how to reach goals of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.