Latest North Carolina News:
Little time to rule as N. Carolina remapping trial begins
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A fast-moving redistricting trial over North Carolina’s new congressional and legislative maps has started. Three state trial judges started hearing evidence Monday offered by lawyers for plaintiffs in lawsuits that allege district boundaries approved by the Republican-controlled legislature in November are tainted by extreme partisanship and racial bias that favor the GOP. Republicans say the lines are lawful, crafted using a transparent process that avoided racial and partisan data. The state Supreme Court told the judges to rule by Jan. 11. Appeals are expected to follow. This year’s primary already has been delayed from March to May while these lawsuits are heard.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-PRISONER DEATH
NC prisoner with virus dies; state cases reach daily record
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina prisoner with COVID-19 died over the weekend. The Department of Public Safety announced on Monday that the unnamed male offender in his late 70s at Greene Correctional Institution died at a hospital on Saturday. The department says he wasn’t vaccinated. Prisoners are encouraged but not required to receive COVID-19 vaccines. An initial review shows COVID-19 was likely the cause of death or at least a contributing factor. The death marked the first offender death related to the virus since May. Statewide there were over 19,600 positive COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday. That marked the third record one-day increase for the pandemic last week.
ROAD RAGE-SHOOTING DEATH
Police: Motorcyclist shot, killed in road rage incident
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department says motorcyclist was shot and killed in what’s being described as a road rage incident. A news release from the Fayetteville Police Department says officers sent to a location in the center of the city at around 12:31 p.m. Monday found that an unidentified man riding a motorcycle had been shot. A preliminary investigation showed that the driver of a truck was involved in an apparent argument with the motorcyclist before the man was shot. Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died from his wounds. Police are trying to notify relatives before releasing his identity.
School, work, travel can wait as snow blankets U.S. capital
WASHINGTON (AP) – A winter storm packing heavy snow has closed government offices and schools in the nation’s capital and surrounding suburbs. Monday’s storm dumped between 6 and 11 inches of snow six and grounded the president’s helicopter. Travel was treacherous and more than 500,000 customers lost power. More than half the flights were delayed or canceled Monday morning at Washington’s three major airports. President Joe Biden had to ride by car to the White House from Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland.
Someone is yet to claim a $1 million lottery ticket in NC
LEWISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lottery officials say that someone is yet to claim a $1 million ticket that was bought in Forsyth County. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the Mega Millions ticket was bought on New Year’s Eve. The North Carolina Education Lottery said in a news release that the $2 ticket was bought at a Circle K in Lewisville. The ticket matched numbers on five white balls. The odds of winning were one in 12.6 million. People who have a winning ticket must claim their prize within 180 days.
Police: 2 men found shot to death in Durham parking lot
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say that two men who were found shot to death in a parking lot in Durham. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the men were found early Sunday morning near the Interstate 40 interchange and Research Triangle Park. Police found the men after responding to the report of a shooting at about 1:35 a.m. Police have not released any additional information about the incident or the men who died. But they’re asking anyone with information to provide it to detectives.
WILD HORSE DIES
Car fatally strikes horse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – A wild horse that lived on North Carolina’s Outer Banks has been struck and killed by a vehicle. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the incident occurred Saturday afternoon. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects and manages the Colonial Spanish Mustangs. It said in a statement that the horse was named Rabbit and had been born in 2019. The fund said that she had “galloped down the dunes and directly into the path of the vehicle.” The driver called 911 and the fund. The organization wrote that the incident was determined to be an accident. The organization said the accident should serve as a reminder that the horses are unpredictable, and that great care should be taken when driving.
Search suspended for missing kayaker on North Carolina coast
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard said it has suspended its search for a missing kayaker along the North Carolina coast. The maritime service said in a news release Saturday that rescue crews had searched an area of 268 square miles for about 24 hours. The Coast Guard said that Warren Liner was reported missing in the area of Bogue Inlet, which is near Emerald Isle. Liner was last seen on Bear Island in Hammocks Beach State Park. The 73-year-old’s kayak was found on Bear Island Friday afternoon. The search for Liner began Friday after an Onslow County dispatcher received a call from the man’s wife that he had not returned from a kayaking trip.