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(AP) — A $100,000 reward is being offered in the case of a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy found fatally shot along a dark stretch of road last week. “Horrified” by a string of shootings that have injured and killed several deputies in the state in recent weeks, on Monday the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association announced the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the killing of Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Ned Byrd. Authorities say they’re trying to learn why Byrd stopped there. The sheriff’s office says there’s still an active investigation that now includes the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

(AP) — North Carolina’s state of emergency for COVID-19 is officially ending more than two years after Gov. Roy Cooper issued his first order. Cooper signed an executive order Monday terminating the emergency at the end of the day. He already announced last month it would end now because the state budget law contained health care provisions that would allow his administration to keep responding robustly to the virus. Cooper’s initial order was signed on March 10, 2020. Republican legislators complained about his powers under the orders. A 2021 law will give the Council of State and the General Assembly more say-so about long-term emergencies.

 

 (AP) — A federal judge has again refused to block a North Carolina district attorney from pursuing charges using a state law about a 2020 television commercial run by state Attorney General Josh Stein’s campaign. Campaign lawyers for Stein have argued that a law targeting allegedly false ads violates free speech rights and is inherently unconstitutional. But Judge Catherine Eagles on Monday declined to temporarily prevent that law from being enforced while Stein’s campaign seeks relief at an appeals court. Eagles rejected a similar request last week. The law in question makes it illegal to knowingly circulate false reports about candidates to harm their chances to win. The Wake County District Attorney has been investigating.