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Coast Guard searches for missing canoeist
The Coast Guard searched in the vicinity of Portsmouth Island in Ocracoke Inlet in North Carolina on Sunday for a 27-year-old woman who is missing after a canoe capsized. The search began after a 911 call was received about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday of a capsized canoe with two people aboard. Watchstanders subsequently lost communication with the reporting source, who was a member of the same group. An aircrew located a conscious male survivor alongside a green canoe at about 9:54 a.m. on Sunday. He was transported to Carteret Hospital in Morehead City. A second survivor, the original reporting source, was found ashore on Great Island by a good Samaritan.



Man found shot to death in Durham was a homicide suspect
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A man found shot to death inside a car in a Durham, North Carolina, elementary school parking lot has been identified as a suspect in a homicide in Newport News, Virginia. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Newport News police identified the man on Saturday as Karlos Evan Andrews, 37. Andrews was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 49-year-old Loren Javell Ransome, on Oct. 5. Andrews was found at Eastway Elementary School on Friday. Newport News police said they were notified by Durham police late Friday that Andrews had been found, and that he had taken his own life.



Siler City man charged after crashing SUV into restaurant
SILER CITY, N.C. (AP) – Police say a Siler City man has been charged after he crashed into four people at a restaurant on Friday, killing one. Media outlets reported Saturday that John Salvatore Graviano was booked in the Chatham County Detention Center and placed under a $1,000 secured bond. He was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving left of center. A 64-year-old man was killed in the crash. A 77-year-old woman was airlifted to UNC Hospital, and is in serious condition but is expected to live. The other pedestrians were transported to the hospital but did not have serious injuries.



Right-sizing the force: Army offers armor for smaller troops
WASHINGTON (AP) – Army Capt. Kim Pierre-Zamora remembers the protective vest she was issued when she went to basic training. It was a size medium that hung too low, making it difficult for her to even bend over. When she tried to shoulder her weapon, she had to move the vest. It’s a common complaint from female soldiers and small-stature men who have struggled with the bulky armor they’ve worn over two decades of war. The Army for the first time is handing out armor in three additional sizes and can be adjusted to fit better and allow soldiers to move faster and more freely.



N. Carolina third-graders struggling to meet reading goals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Far fewer North Carolina third-graders in public schools have demonstrated reading proficiency, compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. State educators say the finding is troubling and needs to be urgently addressed. A report presented this week to the State Board of Education showed 31% of third-graders had not met promotion standards. That means these students are either repeating third grade this fall or receiving specific kinds of fourth-grade class instruction. The past school year was marked by limited in-person instruction due to the pandemic. A new law this year is designed to improve the state’s reading proficiency efforts.



Army general who commanded in Iraq dies of cancer at age 67
WASHINGTON (AP) – The family of Raymond T. Odierno, a retired Army general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war, says he has died of cancer. He was 67. Odierno capped a 39-year career by serving as the Army’s chief of staff, retiring in 2015. The family said his death was not related to COVID-19. He was a native of Rockaway, New Jersey, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1976. He served three tours in Iraq, including two years as the top U.S. commander.



Effort to register minority citizens in N. Carolina launches
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A new organized effort to boost North Carolina minority voter turnout during the 2022 elections and beyond is underway. The New North Carolina Project is modeled after a similar initiative in Georgia founded by former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The North Carolina organization aims to register over 100,000 voting-age adults and increase early-voting turnout dramatically next year. The group’s leader is former Democratic state House candidate Aimy Steele. She says the initiative will focus on residents in 29 rural eastern and Sandhills counties and portions of seven urban centers for 2022. The project also will endorse candidates.



Warrant: Ex-pastor devised scheme against girl’s parents
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a former pastor in North Carolina gave a false report of child abuse to a sheriff’s office and tried to get them to sign over parental rights for their teenage daughter who he is accused of sexually assaulting. The Asheville Citizen Times reports warrants issued for 41-year-old Trent Brandon Holbert detailed the events that led to multiple sex charges being filed by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. According to the warrants, when Holbert reported the parents to the N.C. Division of Social Services with allegations of neglect, the claims were found not to be true.