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Man suspected in 2 sexual assaults in UNC Charlotte area
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities believe the same man is responsible for two assaults in the vicinity of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The university sent out an alert saying a 20-year-old student reported the suspect accessed a Greek Village residence hall on Sunday morning, made a lewd comment to the victim and then grabbed her hand and touched her buttocks upon being told to leave. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a statement to news outlets that woman in her 40s later reported the suspect grabbing her buttocks and breasts at an off-campus housing parking garage, around 4 p.m.
The man fled both scenes, and has not been identified.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police’s University City Division will increase patrols in apartment complexes near campus.



N Carolina awards paving, bridge contracts for Interstate 40
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
CANDLER, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded two contracts for Interstate 40 construction projects.
Department division project development engineer Cole Hood tells The Asheville Citizen-Times that most of the work will be done at night and likely have minimal impact on the public.
A $10.4 million contract awarded to Tennessee firm Harrison Construction Co. involves repaving a 7-mile (11-kilometer) stretch of road in Buncombe County, starting at the Haywood County line. The project would also replace the guardrails along that stretch, and is expected to be completed by November.
An $8.7 million project to rehabilitate decks on six sets of bridges -including three over Biltmore Estate roads – is expected to run through mid-October 2019. The contract has been awarded to Miami firm GLF Construction Corp.



Highway chief wants new debt type to keep up project pace
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s transportation chief wants the legislature to permit a new category of debt to help the state keep spending hundreds of millions of dollars more annually on pending projects on its construction blueprint.
Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon unveiled at a House transportation committee Monday more details of an idea he floated last fall and now calls “Build NC.”
Trogdon asked that legislators approve this spring a way to issue highway bonds based on expectations of future state transportation revenues repaying them. It’s similar to GARVEE bonds the state already issues based on anticipated federal highway dollars from Washington.
Trogdon says a new debt vehicle would help the Department of Transportation keep its current construction pace going through the early 2020s as its current cash balances dwindle.



Bonner Bridge replacement requires 3-month channel closure
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina transportation officials say construction on the replacement for the Bonner Bridge will require closing the navigation channel in Oregon Inlet.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says the channel will be closed between February and May so the new bridge can be built safely. The department said closures would be posted at least 48 hours in advance.
Also, the U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of the inlet to protect mariners, vessels, and construction crews from hazards associated with installing the bridge. Entry of vessels and people is prohibited.



Bridge work to close part of Interstate 85 in North Carolina
CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) – Contractors working for the N.C. Department of Transportation are closing a portion of Interstate 85 for construction of a new bridge as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project.
The closure affects a part of the interstate between Lane Street and exit 68 for construction of the new Pine Ridge Road Bridge.
The northbound lanes are closed from midnight until 6 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The southbound lanes of the highway will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. starting on Friday through Saturday.
Law enforcement officers will be stationed to help detour traffic around the closure along U.S. 29 and Lane Street.
The project involves replacing and rebuilding several bridges over I-85 to meet current design requirements and increase the clearance height for larger vehicles using the interstate.



2 killed in fight over loud music in at North Carolina
SHANNON, N.C. (AP) – Two men have been killed in a shooting that followed a fight over loud music at a mobile home park in North Carolina.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office told local media that 47-year-old Scott Chavis of Shannon and 18-year-old Dakota Hunt of Red Springs were killed early Sunday.
Deputies said Hunt’s brother, 21-year-old Jody Lee Hunt, was shot and wounded. He was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton and was listed in serious condition Monday.
Deputies said the two men had apparently argued over loud music and shot each other. Jody Hunt heard the gunfire and ran to the scene where he fired a gun and was also shot.
Chavis died at the scene. Dakota Hunt was taken to the hospital where he died.



2 arrested in North Carolina parking lot shooting death
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police have arrested two people in a shooting death last week in North Carolina.
Durham police told local media that 25-year-old Tyrone Stanback Jr., of Raleigh and 28-year-old Danon Elora Hirsch of Raleigh were arrested Saturday at a Durham hotel.
Stanback is charged with murder in the Jan. 30 shooting death of 31-year-old Darelle Harper at the parking lot of a shopping center.
Hirsch is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
Police said the shooting did not appear to be a random event. But they have not provided details on a motive.
Stanback and Hirsch are being held in the Durham County jail. It was not known if they have attorneys.



Power outage affects 19,000 in North Carolina city
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina city says approximately 19,000 customers are without electricity following a power outage.
A map of the outage on the city of High Point Electric Utilities Department website shows customers without power from the N.C. 68 corridor north on Monday afternoon. The utility says it has 41,000 customers.
It’s reported the outage began around 3:30 p.m. Emergency dispatchers were responding to reports of the outage, and reminded motorists to treat traffic signals as four-way stops if the traffic lights aren’t working.

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