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North Carolina voters dispute Cawthorn candidacy over Jan. 6
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A group of North Carolina voters want U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn disqualified as a congressional candidate. They say his actions surrounding the riot in Washington on Jan. 6 last year amount to engaging in an insurrection or rebellion against the Constitution. Lawyers filed a challenge of the Republican’s candidacy with the State Board of Elections on Monday. Cawthorn claimed President Joe Biden’s victory was fraudulent at Donald Trump’s rally that day and accused Republicans who weren’t fighting of trying to silence Trump’s supporters. The voters want to force Cawthorn to answer questions under oath before a special panel hears the case.



After recusal delays, NC court hears amendments case Feb. 14
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s highest court has rescheduled arguments in a case over whether two state constitution amendments approved by voters in 2018 should be voided because legislators who approved the ballot referendums were elected from racially biased districts. The state Supreme Court announced that litigation filed by the NAACP will be heard Feb. 14. That’s months later than once scheduled. The delay came after the civil rights group asked that two justices be disqualified because of conflicts. The court then decided to reexamine its recusal rules, and Friday the two justices wrote they would remain on the case. One amendment requires photo identification to vote.



Families separated at border now fear extortion attempts
WASHINGTON (AP) – Stalled negotiations for the U.S. government to pay families separated at the border during Donald Trump’s presidency have brought new threats of extortion against some families. Last month, the Justice Department withdrew from settlement talks over financial compensation for their suffering, but it hasn’t ruled out an agreement. Immigration hawks have criticized the Biden administration for considering payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars for each person separated. But extortion attempts are stemming from the mistaken belief that huge payouts have been made. Extortion is widespread in Central America, explaining why many seek asylum in the U.S. in the first place.



Truck driver indicted in crash that killed police officer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A truck driver has been indicted on charges connected to a crash that killed a North Carolina police officer who was investigating another accident. News outlets report the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office said Monday that 50-year-old Daniel Morgan has been indicted on multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor assault by a deadly weapon and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Morgan was scheduled to appear in court on Monday before the grand jury got the case. It was to be his first court appearance since the Dec. 22 crash that killed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Mia Goodwin.



North Carolina agency asked to look into shooting by deputy
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation said Monday that its agents have been asked to look into a fatal shooting involving an off-duty sheriff’s deputy that sparked a local protest. A news release says Fayetteville police Chief Gina Hawkins and the Cumberland County district attorney asked the NCSBI to conduct the investigation into the Saturday shooting. A news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Jeffrey Hash has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The Fayetteville Police Department says a preliminary investigation determined that 37-year-old Jason Walker “ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle.” Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.



Fire marshal identifies 3 killed in North Carolina fire
BELL ARTHUR, N.C. (AP) – A county fire marshal says a mother, father and their 4-year-old son died in a weekend mobile home fire in North Carolina. News outlets report Pitt County Fire Marshal Jay Morris identified the victims as 36-year-old Joshua Eastwood, 31-year-old Elizabeth Eastwood and their son, Jayce. Morris says two other people escaped the Sunday morning fire. According to Morris, the fire was likely the result of an electrical overload. He said the cause of the fire was linked to overloaded extension cords, but because there were so many running through the home it would be difficult to determine which one caused the fire



‘American Idol’ runner-up Aiken aims for Congress again
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken says he’s running for Congress again in North Carolina, this time seeking to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. David Price. Aiken announced his bid for the 6th District seat in the Research Triangle area Monday in a video. He finished second to Ruben Studdard on the TV singing contest in 2003. Aiken has had a career in music, theater and reality shows but also won the Democratic nomination for another district in 2014 before losing in the general election. Aiken would be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from the South if he won.



Asheville corridor of Blue Ridge Parkway reopens after storm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials with the National Park Service say one section of the Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened to traffic, but much of the road remains closed across western North Carolina. The Asheville Citizen Times reports the 469-mile parkway, which climbs in elevation north and south of Asheville, was shut down on Jan. 2 in advance of the winter storm that dropped up to 2 inches of snow across Buncombe County and 5 inches in the northern and western counties. As of Jan. 9, the parkway is open at Milepost 375.7 at Ox Creek/Elk Mountain Access Road, through MP 393.6 at N.C. 191/Brevard Road, according to the parkway’s social media page.