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After Cawthorn’s loss, candidate challenge ruling reversed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Days after U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his primary race, a federal appeals court has overturned a judge’s decision that blocked an elections board from examining whether he should be disqualified. Tuesday’s ruling by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came just a week after Cawthorn lost his Republican primary in North Carolina. The judges overturned the decision of a district judge who found a section of the 14th Amendment addressing insurrection and serving in Congress didn’t apply to Cawthorn. Voters who challenged Cawthorn’s candidacy cited his speech at a rally before the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot. Cawthorn denies participating in an insurrection.



NC parents’ rights bill includes LGBTQ curriculum ban in K-3
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Senate Republicans have unveiled a wide-ranging proposal they say would help parents stay informed about what their children are being taught and how they’re being treated by doctors. The measure also would tread into contentious LGBTQ matters that have caused divisive debate elsewhere. The legislation unveiled Tuesday would bar public school curriculum for kindergarten through third grade from containing instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity. Republicans contend the prohibition is more limited than a new Florida law. The measure will get heard Wednesday in committee. It would have to pass both chambers before heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.



North Carolina Attorney General Stein recovering from stroke
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says he’s recovering from a “minor stroke” that prompted doctors to remove a small blood clot. The second-term Democrat announced what happened in a tweet Tuesday. He says he had stroke-like symptoms Monday night and was taken to the hospital, where he says he expects to be for another day or two. The 55-year-old Stein credits his wife for noticing the signs of a stroke. Stein is a former state senator who’s been considered a potential 2024 gubernatorial candidate to succeed term-limited Gov. Roy Cooper.



New names for Fort Bragg, 8 other Army bases recommended
WASHINGTON (AP) – An independent commission is recommending new names for nine Army posts that now commemorate Confederate officers. Among the recommendations: Fort Bragg in North Carolina would become Fort Liberty, and Fort Gordon in Georgia would become Fort Eisenhower. The list also includes naming bases for the first time after Black soldiers and women. The recommendations are the latest step in a broader effort by the military to confront racial injustice, most recently in the aftermath of the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.



Son, grandson charged in North Carolina diner owner’s death
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s office says the son and grandson of a North Carolina diner owner have been charged in an assault which led to her death. WLOS reports Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin said Austin Amos Kennedy Byrnside, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Byrnside is the grandson of Paulette Clark. Maurice Jones Jr. is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is Clark’s son. Authorities say Clark was beaten at her home on May 6 with the butt of an air rifle which was used to shoot her in the eye.



North Carolina man gets 10 years for shooting at police
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a North Carolina man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after his conviction in connection with a police chase during which he fired at officers nine times. U.S. Attorney Michael Easley says in a news release that Cedrick Tyler Armstrong of Zebulon was convicted last November of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Authorities say a traffic stop led to a chase through multiple counties before Armstrong and the driver of the car he was riding in were found at a house in Raleigh and arrested.



North Carolina unveils flood-warning system for roads
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation has armed itself with an advanced flood-warning system designed to help pass the word to motorists on any flood risks to roads, bridges and culverts. A news release from the department says the system will rely on a network of 400 river and stream gauges. Information will be passed on to department maintenance staff responding to flooded roads and washed-out culverts. It will also benefit local emergency management officials and the public accessing the department’s DriveNC.gov website for timely weather-related closures.



Driver shot, killed and crashes car on North Carolina road
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police say a man was killed in a shooting that resulted in a crash and shut down a North Carolina highway. News outlets report Durham police said they received 911 calls about the occupants of a vehicle shooting at another vehicle on N.C. Highway 55 shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Police say the second vehicle crashed into other cars in the parking lot of a business. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, but authorities say no other injuries were reported. While police haven’t characterized the incident as road rage, it’s the latest of several recent incidents in the Research Triangle area which involved shootouts between cars.