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NORTH CAROLINA NATIVES
More than 40 percent of North Carolinians not born here
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – UNC demographers say that more than four out of 10 North Carolina residents were born elsewhere.
The Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill said in a recent blog post that the percentage of the state’s population born elsewhere has risen by a percentage point to 43 percent. They based it off data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
The demographers found that in eighteen counties, more than half the population was born outside the state. Coastal Currituck County that includes the northern stretches of the Outer Banks has the highest percentage of non-native residents, with about three-quarters born outside of the state.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Edgecombe County had the highest percentage of North Carolina natives living there, at about 80 percent.
Police: Thief steals electronics from UNC basketball program
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Police say someone stole thousands of dollars in electronics from the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team locker room and office while they were away for the ACC tournament.
UNC-Chapel Hill campus police said on Twitter that the break-in happened at the Dean Smith Center on March 9, and they released images of a man they believe may have been involved.
A police report says the thief managed to get into the team locker room and basketball office without forced entry, according to The Herald-Sun .
The report says the thief stole a PlayStation 4, Xbox One and clothing worth $2,900 that belonged to the athletic department. Police say the thief also stole a laptop worth $1,200 and a financial document worth about $3,000 belonging to one of the players.
Military convoys from North Carolina hit southern highways
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Drivers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia may notice convoys of military vehicles on Interstate 95 and other highways this weekend.
The 82nd Airborne Division said on Twitter that it was moving vehicles to Joint Base Charleston that will eventually be transported to Fort Polk, Louisiana. The 82nd Airborne said it’s one of the division’s largest sealift deployment exercises in decades.
On Sunday, the North Carolina U.S. Army National Guard said it will be transporting Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Fort Pickett, Virginia on Interstate 95.
They will be using massive trucks known as Heavy Equipment Transport Vehicles. The North Carolina National Guard said the massive undertaking required coordination with transportation officials along the 200-mile route.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARRESTS
Child pornography task force arrests 76 in the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say 76 people have been arrested in eight southeastern states on charges of child pornography or otherwise exploiting children.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that the operation involved more than 200 law enforcement agencies and took four months of planning. The task force included investigators in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Those arrested ranged in age from 17 to 73 and included a postal worker, mechanic, daycare administrator and magician.
In North Carolina, the SBI said eight children were rescued or removed from abusive situations. Several children in other states were also identified as victims or rescued.
Eight men arrested in North Carolina face charges including sexual exploitation of a minor and child pornography.
Girl says coyote ‘just decided’ to make a snack out of her
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
ADVANCE, N.C. (AP) – A 9-year-old North Carolina girl says she went to investigate why her mother was screaming and encountered a coyote that tried to make a snack out of her.
Nine-year-old Madilyn Fowler told The Winston-Salem Journal she was sitting on her porch Thursday when she went to check on the noise. She said the coyote latched on to her skirt, chased her and bit her three times, leaving deep gashes on her face and back.
Her mother, who had initially been alerted by barking dogs, fended off the coyote by batting its snout. It hasn’t been located.
Fowler, who got five rabies shots, says coyotes previously killed the family pony and stalked their dogs.
Davie County Sheriff J.D. Hartman says the attack is unusual. State wildlife officials have been alerted.
N Carolina islands power outage could yield $10M settlement
HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – A preliminary settlement would allow those who lost power for days last summer on two North Carolina islands to divvy up more than $10 million.
News outlets report that documents filed in federal court last week show that PCL Civil Constructors would pay $8.1 million to businesses and $2.25 million to the permanent residents and renters on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Late last July, underwater electric transmission cables were inadvertently cut, prompting the mandatory evacuation of 50,000 visitors from the two Outer Banks islands.
The outage lasted from July 27 until Aug. 3. A class-action lawsuit filed within days said those on the islands suffered damages including financial loss, stress and anxiety.
PCL denied wrongdoing in the settlement documents. The settlement awaits final approval from a federal judge.
BRIDGE COLLAPSE-ACCELERATED CONSTRUCTION
Bridge collapse puts spotlight on rapid building technique
The deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Florida has cast a spotlight on a rapid construction technique widely used around the U.S.
It is called Accelerated Bridge Construction, or ABC. It involves assembling large sections of a span offsite, and then moving the massive pieces into place.
The technique eliminates the lengthy road closings and other traffic disruptions that can result when a bridge is built out over a highway piece by piece.
In the Miami-area disaster that killed at least six people on Thursday, the question is where was the fatal mistake – in the design of the bridge, in its construction or in the materials?
Cooper names 8 to North Carolina elections and ethics board
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has made his initial choices for a new state board that administers both elections and ethics laws, even while he keeps challenging in court the law creating the combined panel.
Cooper announced his eight appointments Friday. Four are Democrats and four Republicans, as the law requires. Cooper received six nominees apiece from the chairman of each party.
Those eight members will then present to Cooper two choices from which he must appoint a ninth member. The two must be unaffiliated or Libertarian.
Cooper’s office said earlier this week he would appoint board members even though he believes the board’s composition still violates the state constitution. A spokesman said it was important to have a board in place with elections approaching this year.