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NC airport: Arriving passenger taken to hospital with burns
MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport say a passenger suffering from burns on an arriving flight was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. Airport officials say they received a medical call Monday night that a passenger was suffering from burns on an arriving flight and an emergency response team was deployed. Officials say the passenger was checked on-site and then taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Officials have not released details about how seriously the passenger was injured or what caused the burns.



Rep. Cawthorn candidacy challenge gets appeals court hearing
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal appeals court is next up to weigh whether North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s candidacy can be challenged by voters based on a section of the Constitution addressing insurrection. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel scheduled arguments for Tuesday in a lawsuit the Republican congressman filed. A District Court judge in March agreed with Cawthorn and prevented the State Board of Elections from formally examining whether he should stay off the ballot based on his involvement with the rally that preceded the U.S. Capitol riot in January 2021. Registered voters disagreed and appealed. Cawthorn is running in the May 17 primary.



Trump’s bid to shape GOP faces test with voters in May races
NEW YORK (AP) – Voters across a dozen states are set to decide primary elections this month that will determine the people and priorities leading the GOP into the fall midterms and beyond. Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but the Republican former president is actively backing dozens of candidates for Congress, governor and secretary of state across several swing states hosting primaries in May. They don’t come bigger than Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In nearly every case, Trump has endorsed only those who embrace his false claims of election fraud.



Herschel Walker, other candidates test skipping debates
ATLANTA (AP) – Football great Herschel Walker has gone to great lengths to dodge tough questions during his run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. The GOP candidate does not widely publicize his campaign stops and limits his appearances mostly to conservative news outlets and friendly audiences. Walker recently skipped the first debate for the May 24 Republican primary and is expected to miss another debate Tuesday. Political experts say it may be a wise choice for the gaffe-prone GOP front-runner. But Walker’s Republican rivals have seized on his absence to raise doubts about his fitness to take on Democrat Raphael Warnock in November should he win the Republican primary.



Roseland is Cooper’s choice as next NC state controller
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A longtime state fiscal officer is Gov. Roy Cooper’s choice to become North Carolina’s next state controller. Cooper’s nominee for a seven-year term is Deputy State Budget Director Nels Roseland, who also previously served as chief financial officer of the state Department of Justice when Cooper was attorney general. Roseland is subject to General Assembly confirmation. The controller keeps the state’s books, monitors cash flow and manages state payroll. Roseland would succeed Linda Morrison Combs, a former controller of the United States who was then-Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointee. Her term ends June 30. Cooper made the announcement Friday.



North Carolina man charged with murder returned from Georgia
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina man accused in a woman’s death has been extradited from Georgia. The Winston-Salem Journal reports 34-year-old Jeremy Cornelius Alexander of Winston-Salem is accused of killing 20-year-old Bria Robinson on April 3. Alexander was arrested April 13 in Henry County, Georgia, after Winston-Salem police obtained an arrest warrant charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police say he was later served with a murder warrant in the Henry County jail. Alexander was extradited on Friday to Winston-Salem from Henry County, Georgia, Winston-Salem police said. Court records show he’s jailed without bond.



Fort Benning top commander to retire later this year
FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) – The top commander at Fort Benning plans to retire, and his replacement has already been named. Army officials say Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe plans to step down in July as commanding general at the base in Georgia. His successor will be Maj. Gen. Curtiss Buzzard – the current deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Donahoe has served nearly 34 years in the Army and has been top commander at Fort Benning since July 2020. A change-of-command ceremony takes place July 14 at Fort Benning.



Police: NC officers on leave after armed woman is shot
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Some central North Carolina police officers are on administrative leave while authorities investigate the shooting of an armed woman this weekend. Durham police say the shooting occurred Saturday after its officers arrived to respond to an indecent exposure report. The department says they found a woman with a weapon, and that an officer shot her. The woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The State Bureau of Investigation and Durham police’s Professional Standards Division are investigating. Police didn’t immediately identify the woman who was shot and the officer that the agency says shot her.