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Several incumbents lose N. Carolina legislative primaries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Several state legislators won’t be returning to the North Carolina General Assembly next January after primary losses on Tuesday. And former lawmakers trying to get back to the House or Senate had mixed results. Seven incumbents lost in primaries for seats in their current chamber. And two current House members lost Senate primaries. Those who failed to win include Sen. Deanna Ballard of Watauga County and Reps. Jamie Boles of Moore County and David Rogers of Rutherford County. Several primary races involved pairs of Republican incumbents drawn together by redistricting. At least five former lawmakers won legislative primaries.



North Carolina legislature gavels in annual work session
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly has returned to Raleigh for its traditional budget-adjustment work session, but lawmakers aren’t getting out of the blocks quickly. The House and Senate gaveled in and out sparsely attended floor sessions at midday Wednesday. Republican leaders say neither committee meetings nor recorded votes will occur this week. The chief job for lawmakers is to approve changes to the second year of the already-enacted two-year budget. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper made recommendations last week. Republican leaders want to complete their work around July 1. House Speaker Tim Moore says medical marijuana legislation likely wouldn’t be considered by his chamber until 2023.



Takeaways: Election denier wins, bad behavior dooms Cawthorn
WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Donald Trump’s influence was enough to elevate his Senate candidate to victory in North Carolina on Tuesday. His pick in Pennsylvania remained in a tough fight in that state’s Senate primary. In a key congressional race, a Republican congressman’s bad behavior finally caught up with him. And in the Pennsylvania governor’s race, a Trump-backed candidate who has spread lies about the 2020 vote count won the GOP nomination, putting an election denier within striking distance of running a presidential battleground state in 2024.



Deep beach holes are dangerous, Outer Banks town warns
Officials in a North Carolina town on the Outer Banks are pleading with beachgoers to think twice before digging deep holes on the beach. They posted a warning on Facebook on Tuesday just hours before a man died at a New Jersey beach when a hole collapsed on him. The town of Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks posted a picture of ocean rescue supervisor David Elder standing in a large hole that he said was as much as 7 feet deep. Elder says because the ocean water is cold, beachgoers tend to look for “alternate entertainment” – such as digging holes.



Ex-Charlotte Mayor Cannon doesn’t advance in council primary
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has come up short in his bid to return to municipal office, years after he was sent to prison for accepting bribes. Election results show Cannon finished last in a six-candidate race in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for at-large seats on the Charlotte City Council. The top four candidates now advance to the July 26 general election. Cannon resigned as mayor in 2014 and pleaded guilty to taking about $50,000 in bribes from federal undercover officers. He served nearly half of a 44-month prison sentence. Cannon said in March that he was seeking “a chance for redemption.”



Chinese tire maker cancels project in eastern North Carolina
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – Officials say a Chinese tire maker which announced a project five years ago to build a plant and bring at least 800 jobs to a North Carolina county has pulled out and relinquished the 400-acre site. News outlets report that Carolinas Gateway Partnership CEO Norris Tolson announced Monday that Triangle Tyre notified the partnership and Edgecombe County that it would not build two large plants at the Kingsboro Road mega site. The investment was worth $580 million. In March, the company announced it was withdrawing from the project due to a number of issues that caused its leadership to decide to discontinue the project to focus on its business needs in China.



Edwards ousts North Carolina Rep. Cawthorn in GOP primary
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – First-term U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn has lost to North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards in the Republican congressional primary. Luke Ball, a spokesperson for Cawthorn’s campaign, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that Cawthorn had conceded the race before the AP called it for Edwards. A fast-food franchise owner, Edwards’ victory advances him to the November election against Democrat Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. Several GOP leaders had turned away from the 26-year-old, pro-Donald Trump congressman, with some citing a series of unforced errors.



Biden warns of ‘another tough hurricane season’ this year
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) – Federal officials are bracing for another difficult hurricane season. President Joe Biden on Wednesday received a briefing about what Americans can expect this year. He told reporters: “We know hurricanes are coming our way. They grow more extreme every season.” Before his remarks, Biden toured a hangar at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to view aircraft used to track and respond to hurricanes. One of the planes is used to fly through and above the storms, capturing data that allow meteorologists to produce more accurate forecasts. Last year had the third-most-active hurricane season on record, including Hurricane Ida, which killed 55 people and caused $75 billion in damage.