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WILD HORSE KILLED
Wild mare struck, killed by car on North Carolina beach
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – A wild horse who was run over by a car on a North Carolina beach has died.
News outlets cite a Facebook post from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund that says the mare died Saturday night. The nonprofit says the mare’s stallion remained by her side through the night, even after she was covered with a tarp.
Corolla Wild Horse Fund Chief Operating Officer Jo Langone says the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the beach sees heavy traffic, especially during the summer. The speed limit on the four-wheel drive area is 15 mph (24 kph). Vehicles and people are supposed to stay 50 feet (15 meters) away from a wild horse herd.
The vehicle’s driver has not been identified. The mare was buried Sunday morning.
NC police could get access to painkiller prescription data
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A proposal in North Carolina’s legislature would let law officers access a statewide database recording who is prescribing controlled drugs from morphine to codeine.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the move is part of the General Assembly’s efforts to grapple with the opioid epidemic. State officials say more than 13,000 North Carolinians have died from opioid-related overdoses since 1999.
The database exists to see if a patient is getting controlled substances from multiple doctors. The information is purged every six years, limiting how far back law enforcement would be able to look.
The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union said such a law would be the first of its kind in the nation to allow law enforcement officers quick access to the system.
Outer Banks town tightens rules on beach tents, canopies
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – An Outer Banks town is trying to ensure that canopies protecting beach-goers from the sun aren’t being used to hog up oceanfront real estate.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports the town of Nags Head this week adopted an ordinance banning closely-packed canopies from taking up space on a crowded beach. The new ordinance says tents and canopies must be at least 10 feet apart.
Nags Head officials say people have been staking claims to large swaths of beach all day by planting two or more canopies together, leaving their claim in place while they leave. Spokeswoman Roberta Thuman says for now the town plans to educate beachgoers and the companies that rent tents.
GRAD PARTY SHOOTING
Police: 4 teens shot outside North Carolina graduation party
(Information from: WSOC-TV, http://www.wsoctv.com)
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – Four teenagers are recovering after being shot outside of where a graduation party in North Carolina.
WSOC reported the shooting broke out shortly after midnight Sunday in Kannapolis. Police say the four teenagers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said an argument broke out in the parking lot of Party Rentals Plus around 12:45 a.m., with eight shots reported fired. The shooter escaped and police are investigating to find out more about the shooter. Police say witnesses aren’t cooperating.
Police said people from multiple schools were invited to the private party. Officers had been at the party less than an hour before the shooting to turn down the music’s volume.
ARMY FUTURES COMMAND-Q&A
A first for the Army: Scouting big cities for new command HQ
The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it’ll be close to academia and industry, a first for the service.
The Army typically likes to put its facilities away from population centers.
The new command will focus on what the Army of the future should look like. The Army wants to be near experts in technology and innovation.
It’s close to picking the site.
Fifteen cities were in contention: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.
Army officials chose finalists to visit but haven’t announced which cities made the cut.
The site is expected to be announced by the end of June.