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2 North Carolina prison guards hurt in attack by inmate
BUTNER, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say that two prison officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when an inmate attacked them with a homemade weapon.
The Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying the attack by inmate Alexis Ramirez happened Saturday at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.
Authorities say two correctional officers were taken to a hospital for treatment. One was treated and released later in the day.
Ramirez was also taken to a medical facility for evaluation.
Authorities plan to pursue criminal charges related to the attack against Ramirez.
Prison records show the 23-year-old Ramirez was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2016 of first-degree murder in Durham County.
ELIZABETH CITY INTERNET
Elizabeth City partners with new Internet provider
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Residents of an eastern North Carolina city have a new option for Internet service.
The Daily Advance reports that Eastern Shore Communications is serving customers in Elizabeth City. The city government is its first business customer.
The Cape Charles, Va., provider, began talks two years ago with the city and struck a deal allowing it to put equipment on the city’s water towers. That lets it provide service at a lower cost. In return, it will share revenue with the city.
City officials have said they hope the deal will bring competition and make it easier for households to get high-speed connections. The area has also been served by CenturyLink and Spectrum.
Residents will need wireless antennas installed at their home for a one-time fee to use Eastern Shore’s service.
NORTH CAROLINA-COMMERCIAL FISHING
Shrimp rise as overall North Carolina commercial catch dips
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say commercial fishing in the state declined by weight last year even as shrimp volume increased to a record high.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a release this month saying fishermen sold about 54 million pounds (24 million kg) of fish and shellfish to North Carolina dealers in 2017. That’s down about 9 percent from the previous year and below the five-year average.
But the $96.5 million estimated value of the catch was slightly higher than the previous year.
Biologists say the drop in volume is largely due to a decrease in hard blue crab landings by more than a quarter from the previous year.
Meanwhile, shrimp landings increased to the highest volume on record since the state began its current measurement program in 1994.