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AP Investigation: Sustainable seafood dealer sold fishy tale
MONTAUK, New York (AP) – An Associated Press investigation finds that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who promised wild-caught, domestic fish traceable back to a dock has been duping chefs across the U.S.
Reporters traced the supply chain of New York-based Sea To Table to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.
Other seafood promoted as “just landed” at one dock was actually trucked in from other states.
Sea To Table’s CEO says his intention was never to mislead customers, but he will take steps to avoid confusion.
He says he strictly prohibits imports and is temporarily suspending business with two suppliers to investigate.
Kroger closures in N Carolina to affect 1,500 workers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – National grocery chain Kroger will shutter all stores in North Carolina’s Triangle region in a move that will affect around 1,500 workers.
News outlets report that the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company announced Wednesday that all 14 stores will be closed by Aug. 14.
The president of Kroger’s mid-Atlantic division, Jerry Clontz, says the Raleigh-Durham market is oversaturated with grocery stores, inhibiting the chain’s growth. Kroger entered the market in 1989.
The future of at least 10 locations has already been determined, as Kroger has entered into contracts with Food Lion, Crunch Fitness and Harris Teeter, the last of which the chain owns.
As for the affected employees, Clontz says they’ll be offered job fairs and job placement services. The company says more than half the employees are part-time.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Officer cleared for shooting man with knife in N Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors say they will not charge a police officer who shot a man who charged at him with a knife in February in North Carolina.
District Attorney Spencer Merriweather III said in a report issued Wednesday that Officer Daniel Flynn was justified in fearing for his life when 27-year-old Charlie Shoupe threatened him as well as other Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and firefighters and bystanders.
The report says Shoupe’s mother called 911 to report he was having mental problems and was cutting his arms with a steak knife. Later in the call, she says he is trying to attack firefighters and was yelling for police to shoot him.
The report says Flynn told investigators he shot Shoupe because he feared the unarmed firefighters and witnesses filming the incident were at risk.
SPEEDY SESSION-THE LATEST
The Latest: Party recommendation on Senate vacancy approved
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has decided new restrictions should be placed upon North Carolina’s governor when the governor names someone to fill temporarily a U.S. Senate seat vacated by death or resignation.
The House gave final legislative approval Wednesday night to a measure requiring the governor to appoint someone from a list of three people recommended by the executive committee of the party with which the outgoing senator was affiliated.
Currently the governor only must choose someone affiliated with the same political party as the outgoing senator. The appointee will keep serving until the seat is open at the next scheduled statewide election.
The Senate approved the amendment Tuesday. The House vote was 71-39. Gov. Roy Cooper now must decide whether to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
Rep. Carney facing new health challenge with cancer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A longtime North Carolina lawmaker who’s suffered heart troubles for years that nearly caused her death at the Legislative Building is facing a new health challenge.
Eight-term Rep. Becky Carney of Charlotte told colleagues on the House floor Wednesday she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. Carney says she’s already had surgery and will undergo chemotherapy starting next week. Carney says the cancer isn’t a “death sentence.”
In 2009, Carney went into cardiac arrest in her legislative office, ultimately needing CPR and a defibrillator to restart her heart. Then she had open heart surgery in 2015 and now carries a small backpack containing a mechanical pump that assists with blood flow.
The 73-year-old Carney is seeking re-election in November.
Chimney Rock Park reopens in western North Carolina
CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (AP) – A park in western North Carolina is reopening after a retaining wall at a parking lot collapsed last month after a week of heavy rain.
Chimney Rock State Park is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Asheville and reopened the Hickory Nut Falls Trail on Tuesday. That trail was the last piece of park property that was closed after the record rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend.
Park superintendent James Ledgerwood said damage to the park infrastructure was estimate at about $300,000. The park usually gets about 250,000 visitors annually.
Ledgerwood says a contractor has been in the park to deal with boulders that moved because of the rain.
Chimney Rock became a state park in 2007, though the site was established in 1916.
Company meets with North Carolina neighbors to build trust
ST. PAULS, N.C. (AP) – A chemical company executive says he hopes residents near a North Carolina plant will one day be proud to have the operation in their community.
Paul Kirsch is president of fluoroproducts for Chemours and spoke Tuesday night at a meeting about the company’s plant in St. Pauls in Bladen County.
News outlets report the more than 120 people at the meeting were skeptical.
North Carolina officials began investigating Chemours about a year ago, after news that researchers had discovered a compound called GenX in the Cape Fear River downstream from the plant. GenX is made at the plant and has been found in private wells around the plant.
GenX has been linked to cancer in animals. GenX is used by companies that make nonstick cookware and other products.
SPIRIT AIRLINES-NORTH CAROLINA
Spirit Airlines to fly from North Carolina to Florida
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Spirit Airlines will be offering new flights from North Carolina to Florida in September.
Spirit plans to offer flights three times a week between Piedmont Triad International Airport near Greensboro and Orlando International Airport starting Sept. 7.
The Miramar, Florida-based airline will also offer flights twice a week from the Greensboro-area airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and to Tampa International Airport on Sept. 6.
Piedmont Triad International Airport is the 66th airport in Spirit’s network.
Spirit operates more than 500 daily flights to 65 destinations in the United States, Latin America and Caribbean.
Allegiant also offers non-daily flights from the Greensboro area airport to Florida at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Orlando-Sanford International Airport.