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Democrats pan plan by N. Carolina GOP to delay primary again
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic legislative leaders are panning an effort by Republicans to delay primary elections by another three weeks. Republican lawmakers plan to convene the General Assembly on Wednesday to pass a measure that would put off the May 17 primary until June 7. The reason they give is the close window between when the state Supreme Court rules on whether redistricting plans are lawful and a deadline to begin the election process should maps have to be redrawn. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper also appeared to criticize the Republican attempt. A Cooper veto couldn’t be overturned unless a few Democrats join Republicans to vote yes.



Son of ex-Congress hopeful Mark Harris running for NC House
APEX, N.C. (AP) – The son of a former North Carolina congressional candidate whose apparent election victory in 2018 was thrown out over allegations of voter fraud says he’ll run for the General Assembly this year. John Harris told news outlets he intends to seek the Republican nomination in a Wake County House district. Harris’ father is the Rev. Mark Harris, who had appeared to win the 9th Congressional District election in 2018. The State Board of Elections essentially voided those results after receiving information about ballot issues. John Harris testified he warned his parents not to get involved with a political operative who became the target of investigators.



Sheriff’s office: 2-year-old shot, wounded in mother’s car
SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a 2-year-old boy was shot and wounded while sitting in his mother’s car. WNCN-TV reports that the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was shot in the upper leg on Monday evening as he sat the front seat of the car parked on Crest Circle in Spring Lake. The sheriff’s office says the boy’s mother was in the driver’s seat talking to another adult outside of the car when the shooting happened. The boy was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition midday Tuesday. Officials didn’t say how the child was shot. A 9 mm firearm was recovered at the scene. No charges have been filed.



TSA seizes 254 firearms at North Carolina airports in 2021
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Transportation Security Administration says its officers seized 106 guns at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2021, nearly double the number they seized at the airport in the previous year. A news release says another 100 firearms were taken at the security checkpoint at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, three times the total in 2020. In each instance, the firearms were discovered by TSA officers during the routine screening of carry-on property at airport security checkpoints. Elsewhere, Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro reported 12 firearms seized, double the amount in 2020. At Asheville Regional Airport, TSA says 15 firearms were taken, compared to five in the previous year.



Officer hurt while chasing suspect released from hospital
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (AP) – A Mount Olive police officer who was hurt when she crashed her vehicle while chasing a hijacking suspect has been released from the hospital. Police Chief Jason Hughes said officers were called to the Walmart in Mount Olive on Saturday to deal with a suspicious person. Police said when they arrived, Edward Carter Batts jumped into one of the police vehicles and drove away. Officer Angel Yeoman pursued Batts, but lost control of the car she was driving. Police said Batts continued to flee, but was apprehended a short distance away. Yeoman was released from the hospital on Sunday. Batts is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and other charges. He’s being held under a $40,000 secured bond.



Already delayed, N. Carolina primary could now move to June
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican legislators want to delay the date for this year’s primary, which has already been pushed back two months by the state Supreme Court. GOP leaders on Monday announced plans for the General Assembly to vote Wednesday on a bill that would push the May 17 primary to June 7. They say they are worried about the timing to redraw legislative or congressional districts should the Supreme Court soon strike down lines. The primary was supposed to be March 8, but the state’s highest court delayed it so redistricting litigation could be heard. The legislation could also eliminate primary runoffs this year.



Hiker rescued in western N.C. mountains during snowstorm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A man who planned to hike and camp along a trail in the mountains of western North Carolina had to be rescued Sunday after he became stranded during a storm that pummeled the area with snow and sleet. The man was rescued on the popular Art Loeb Trail near the Shining Rock Wilderness area. The News & Observer reports that a team of six rescuers found the hiker mostly uninjured a few hours after the call came through. Haywood County Search & Rescue said the man realized as weather conditions deteriorated that it might be more than he was prepared to handle. Temperatures lingered just above freezing with a wind chill of 27 degrees when rescuers received a call about the stranded hiker at 10:15 a.m.



Heavy snow causes partial roof collapse at Brevard College
BREVARD, N.C. (AP) – Heavy snow during a winter storm Sunday caused part of a roof to collapse on a dorm at Brevard College. Authorities said all 50 students inside got out safely. Emergency crews responded to Jones Hall just after 3 p.m. Sunday. Melody Ferguson, a sophomore at the college, told WLOS-TV that she saw the roof collapse as she was walking past the dorm. She said as soon as the roof collapsed, someone pulled the fire alarm to alert authorities. Brevard Fire Captain Adam Hughey said that quick thinking with the fire alarm made all the difference. He said everyone got out and was accounted for. No injuries were reported.