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OFFICER SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Police: North Carolina officer shoots armed suspect
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says an officer shot and wounded a suspect who they say ran from a traffic stop and pointed a gun at the officer. A news release from the Greensboro Police Department says officers stopped a car at an intersection on Monday afternoon. The news release says the passenger in the car, who was armed with a handgun, fled the scene. When an officer gave pursuit, the suspect raised his weapon toward the officer. That officer shot the suspect, who was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The officer has been placed on administrative duty.
NORTH CAROLINA-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson criticized over anti-LGBT views
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is facing calls to resign after a June video surfaced showing him likening some sexual orientations to “filth.” The state’s highest Republican executive officeholder has a long history of espousing views many consider discriminatory. His latest remarks are being condemned by the White House, Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina and Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Jackson. Top GOP officials aren’t commenting. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper hasn’t weighed in on whether the independently elected Robinson should resign. Robinson meanwhile is doubling down, saying he remains concerned about how sex education is taught to K-12 students.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
Nearly all state health workers vaccinated in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Nearly all of North Carolina’s 10,000 employees at state-operated health care facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have gotten an approved exemption. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said that it fired only 16 workers within the department’s state-operated health care system comprised of 14 facilities. The vaccine mandate was announced in July. Workers had until the end of September to get fully vaccinated unless they were received approval for a religious or medical exemption. Roughly 94% of workers are now vaccinated, while the remaining 6% have a special accommodation.
Body found near Blue Ridge Parkway overlook
BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (AP) – The National Park Service says a man was found dead near an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the park service says a park visitor reported the body on Saturday below the Yadkin Valley Overlook, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Asheville, and law enforcement rangers found the body a short time later. The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles (755 kilometers) from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, through Asheville and Western North Carolina to the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Officials say the cause of death is unknown.
Police: Woman killed on road after argument with passenger
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina woman was killed when she walked along an interstate after arguing with a passenger in her car. News outlets report High Point police say its officers found 44-year-old Charmaine Denise Bostick of High Point in the median near the Interstate 74 interchange with Business Interstate 85 on Saturday. The department says Bostick died at the scene. According to police, Bostick got into an argument with a passenger, stopped the car and got out. Police say she walked across the northbound lanes and the median, then began walking south in the southbound lanes when a motorist struck her.
North Carolina woman struck, killed by deputy’s patrol car
BURGAW, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a pedestrian was killed this weekend when she was struck by a deputy’s patrol car. News outlets report a news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on U.S. Highway 17 near Union Bethel Road early Sunday. The woman, whose identity wasn’t released, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel and the medical examiner. The deputy was not injured. The sheriff’s office hasn’t identified the deputy or the pedestrian. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
ATV ACCIDENT-WOMAN KILLED
North Carolina woman killed, sister injured in ATV accident
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. State Highway Patrol says a woman was killed and her sister injured in a weekend ATV crash. A report from the patrol says two women were riding the vehicle on a railroad bridge over U.S. Highway 1 near Sanford at around 1 a.m. Sunday when the driver lost control, and the ATV fell to the road below. The patrol says 26-year-old Alexis Stone was the driver and was killed in the accident. The report says Chelsea Stone was taken to a Chapel Hill hospital with what was described as serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
INTERSTATE 95 PROJECT-FLOODING
Interstate 95 widening project hopes to avoid flooding
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. Department of Transportation has signed a $432 million contract this month to rebuild eight miles of Interstate 95 through one county with an eye on eliminating a recurring flooding problem. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports flooding resulting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018 closed the highway in Robeson County for several days. Starting next year, contractors will begin work on widening I-95 from four lanes to eight and replace bridges at three interchanges. There will also be a new and higher bridge to carry I-95 over the Lumber River, where flood waters caused problems.