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    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has received $850 million from the federal government to combat COVID-19, agency Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said Tuesday. All of the funds were spent, are obligated, or in the process of being obligated Cohen told members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee On Health and Human Services. State lawmakers set aside more than $345 million for NCDHHS from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which holds the state's direct aid from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. North Carolina received more than $4 billion dedicated to COVID-19 response. NCDHHS also received more than $500 million from other federal programs that were bolstered by Congress in response to...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina overcounted its tally of completed coronavirus tests by 200,000 since the start of the pandemic, state officials announced Wednesday, blaming most of the error on a processing lab. The error doesn't affect key measures such as the percentage of positive test results, they said. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state's Department of Health and Human Services, pinned the brunt of the blame on LabCorp Diagnostics for providing North Carolina with two different daily testing count numbers when the clinical lab network submitted the data electronically and manually. “The positive cases are reported electronically,” Cohen said in an interview. “Those continue to be accurate. The number that we...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal prosecutor said Wednesday that a billionaire Durham businessman should spend 14 years in prison for trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with large political contributions. U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray laid out the prosecution's sentencing recommendation against Greg Lindberg in a filing in federal court. Murray said that instead of showing contrition or remorse, the Durham businessman is unrepentant and blames others for his decision to offer a bribe to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. “Despite the recorded evidence of his guilt, Lindberg has repeatedly attacked Commissioner Causey — most recently suing him in federal court — law enforcement, and the judicial process, by leveling meritless accusations that he was vindictively targeted,” Murray said...
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A woman accused of trying to poison her husband and stepson was caught on video spiking a drink with paint thinner and cleaning products, prosecutors said Wednesday. Susan McNair, 72, was arrested by Wilmington police on Tuesday on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of contaminating food or drink with a controlled substance, news outlets reported. During her court appearance on Wednesday, prosecutors said McNair’s 85-year-old husband and 43-year-old stepson began noticing their drinks tasted odd and made them sick, so they set up a hidden security camera. According to prosecutors and a statement from police, the video recorded on July 28 captured McNair putting carpet cleaner, paint thinner and disinfectant into a...
    A dog in North Carolina died after contracting the coronavirus —  one of at least 13 cases nationwide of a canine catching the illness, health officials said Wednesday. The 8-year-old Newfoundland had been having trouble breathing when owners brought him to a state-run animal hospital in Raleigh on Aug. 3, according to the Charlotte Observer. The pooch later died, then tested positive for COVID-19 after owners told a vet that a family member had recently been infected, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release. Officials are awaiting the results of an animal autopsy in order to determine the dog’s official cause of death. “A necropsy was performed to try to determine the...
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A woman accused of trying to poison her husband and stepson was caught on video spiking a drink with paint thinner and cleaning products, prosecutors said Wednesday. Susan McNair, 72, was arrested by Wilmington police on Tuesday on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of contaminating food or drink with a controlled substance, news outlets reported. During her court appearance on Wednesday, prosecutors said McNair’s 85-year-old husband and 43-year-old stepson began noticing their drinks tasted odd and made them sick, so they set up a hidden security camera. According to prosecutors and a statement from police, the video recorded on July 28 captured McNair putting carpet cleaner, paint thinner and disinfectant...
    For one aquarium, the coins tossed into its waterfall as wishes have become something more than submerged hopes and dreams. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores said it's transforming the forgotten change into cold, hard cash. The public aquarium said in a Facebook post Saturday that its staff turned off its 30-foot-tall "Smoky Mountain" waterfall and rounded up all of the change visitors had tossed in.  At the time, it said approximately 100 gallons of coins had been cleaned and sorted. The change "will go toward the general care of the aquarium and animals during this time," the aquarium wrote.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The aquarium encouraged people to guess how much money was...
    A dog in North Carolina died after contracting the coronavirus —  one of at least 13 cases nationwide of a canine catching the illness, health officials said Wednesday. The 8-year-old Newfoundland had been having trouble breathing when owners brought him to a state-run animal hospital in Raleigh on Aug. 3, according to the Charlotte Observer. The pooch later died, then tested positive for COVID-19 after owners told a vet that a family member had recently been infected, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release. Officials are awaiting the results of an animal autopsy in order to determine the dog’s official cause of death. “A necropsy was performed to try to determine the animal’s...
    Political commentator and editor Daniel Horowitz argued that the only way to prevent murders similar to that of a child who was allegedly killed by his neighbor is to lock up violent criminals. “This is the story of our justice system,” Horowitz wrote in the Conservative Review following reports that 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant was shot and killed execution-style in front of his two young sisters as he was playing outside of his North Carolina home this week. Horowitz pointed out that Hinnant’s suspected killer, 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, had been convicted of multiple felonies, including drug charges, probation violations, and possession of a stolen firearm, but he spent little time in jail. “Why aren’t Republican senators in North Carolina...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his mail-in voting message, encouraging North Carolina supporters to vote absentee even as he continued to assail vote-by-mail."We're going on to win a tremendous election in November, to be exact November 3 in North Carolina," Trump told supporters who'd dialed into a telephone rally. "You can request absentee ballots right now. Absentee ballots are great."In recent months, Trump has increasingly tried to discredit mail-in voting. He falsely tweeted in July: "Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic. The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race."Election experts have told CNN there is no real difference between...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 Winston-Salem Journal on challenges the University of North Carolina System system faces as it assesses the new academic year: As the University of North Carolina System faces the challenges of COVID-19, university and state leaders should have their priorities clear. First, the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the communities around the schools must be the No. 1 consideration. COVID-19 has already killed more than 2,000 North Carolinians and has left others with serious lingering health problems. Neither the universities nor the state should unnecessarily risk more deaths. Second, as they make decisions about budget cuts, officials should remind themselves that while universities must be...
    GETTY Offensive linemen Jawaan Taylor of Florida (proper) and William Candy of North Carolina compete in a drill throughout day two of the NFL Mix at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the choose outs of Shon Coleman and John Brendel, the San Francisco 49ers have now added two offensive lineman to the squad in an effort to up the competitors on the spots. After including former Washington guard and middle Spencer Lengthy final week, San Francisco introduced the addition of former Arizona Cardinal and College of North Carolina standout William Candy to a one-year contract. In accordance with the official announcement, the 23-year-old rode the harm reserve for...
    GETTY Offensive linemen Jawaan Taylor of Florida (right) and William Sweet of North Carolina compete in a drill during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the opt outs of Shon Coleman and John Brendel, the San Francisco 49ers have now added two offensive lineman to the squad in an effort to up the competition at the spots. After adding former Washington guard and center Spencer Long last week, San Francisco announced the addition of former Arizona Cardinal and University of North Carolina standout William Sweet to a one-year contract. According to the official announcement, the 23-year-old rode the injury reserve for the Cardinals in his first...
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare and North Carolina-based Cone Health have announced plans to merge, a move that would pair systems with a combined worth of $11.5 billion. After about 18 months of talks, the Norfolk-based company took the first step on Tuesday toward consolidating its finances with Cone, Sentara CEO Howard Kern told The Virginian-Pilot. “If either one of us could have bought out the other, that would have just depleted resources … that could have just resulted in debt or in financing,” Kern said. “By virtue of doing a merger, neither organization has spent that money, and that money stays in the value of health care going in the community.” Kern will lead the combined systems...
    GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — Like many Americans, Ricky Hurtado had plans for his summer. He formally launched his first bid for public office in March and expected to spend sweltering days knocking on doors, clenching glossy campaign literature and making his case directly to voters. This summer, he was going prove that a 31-year-old son of Salvadoran immigrants could give Latinos a say — even in North Carolina, even in part of Donald Trump’s America. But this is a story about waiting — and about the detours on the path to power. The coronavirus upended the Democrat’s campaign for statehouse. Hurtado stopped door-knocking. The closest he came to potential voters was standing 6 feet or more away while volunteering...
    (CNN)When you live to see your 100th birthday, even the coronavirus can't stop the party. Julia Lee Kelley, celebrated turning the big 100 with a drive-thru birthday celebration, over the weekend. "Thank the Lord for allowing me to make it to 100," Kelley told CNN. She has lived to see six generations in her family. She is a mother to five children and grandmother to 30 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren, 49 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. "No way you can let a century go by and not celebrate," Kelley's great-granddaughter, Kelley Oakley said. Kelley's grandsons show the 100-year-old some birthday love.The family originally planned to celebrate Kelley's centennial birthday by renting out a building and throwing a party. However, due to the...
    NORTH Carolina House candidate Madison Cawthorn deleted an Instagram post celebrating his 'bucket list' visit to Adolf Hitler's HQ. Cawthorn, 25, posted a bizarre picture of him on vacation with arms spread at the Eagle's Nest - one of Hitler's meeting points in the Alps. 6Cawthorn posted the pictures on his InstagramCredit: Instagram/@madisoncawthorn 6The 25-year-old Republican candidate has since deleted the postCredit: Instagram/@madisoncawthorn In the post from 2017, the candidate referred to Hitler as "the Fuhrer", writing: "Seeing the Eagles Nest has been on my bucket list for a while. "It did not disappoint. "Strange to hear so many laugh and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two correctional officers in North Carolina were stabbed by an inmate when they attempted to remove him from his cell, officials said. The incident happened Tuesday evening at Central Prison in Raleigh, news outlets reported. One of the injured officers was transported to a hospital for stab wounds on his legs, and the other received treatment at the prison, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Officials said the inmate used a “homemade weapon” to stab the officers. Raleigh police and state prison officials are investigating the incident. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: North Carolina
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press GRAHAM, N.C (AP) — Like many Americans, Ricky Hurtado had different plans for his summer. He formally announced his first bid for public office in March and expected to spend sweltering days knocking on doors, clenching glossy campaign literature and making his case directly to voters. This was the summer he was going prove that a 31-year-old son of Salvadoran immigrants could give Latinos a say — even in North Carolina, even in part of Donald Trump’s America. But this is a story about waiting — and the detours on the path to power. The novel coronavirus upended the Democrat’s campaign for statehouse in an exurban district. Hurtado stopped door-knocking. The closest he came to...
    A North Carolina aquarium decided to put its COVID-19-caused downtime to good use and came out ahead, cleaning out a water fixture from patrons who mistook it for a wishing well and discovering 100 gallons of coins. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, located on a barrier island near Cape Lookout and one of three public aquariums in the state, had been closed since March 27 when Gov. Roy Cooper ordered most businesses shuttered to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. With no visitors, and therefore time on their hands, staff members decided to clean out the 30-foot Smokey Mountain waterfall at the facility only to discover the treasure trove of coinage, according to the aquarium’s official...
    North Carolina health officials said Tuesday that a dog that died of COVID-19-like respiratory symptoms was the first canine in the state to test positive for the coronavirus. The dog was admitted to the NC State Veterinary Hospital Aug. 3 after showing signs of respiratory distress earlier that day, officials said. “The dog, unfortunately, succumbed to its acute illness,” the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release. “The client alerted staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and later was tested negative.” PET CATS IN TEXAS FIRST IN STATE TO TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS NC State College of Veterinary Medicine & Veterinary Hospital  The dog was a...
    Savannah Rychcik August 11, 2020 0 Comments The Republican National Committee (RNC) has made the decision to livestream President Donald Trump’s formal renomination as the GOP’s presidential nominee amid the coronavirus pandemic. The RNC said in a press release issued on Tuesday, six delegates from each state and territory would be permitted to attend the event in Charlotte, North Carolina, totaling 336 delegates. According to the RNC, a limited number of reporters would be allowed to attend. “Given the flexibility indicated by the N.C. Governor’s team upon receiving the RNC 2020 Health Protocol Plan, the COA has worked with the Congressional Press Galleries who will select a limited group of reporters to cover Monday’s formal nomination,” the RNC said. It...
    A 5-year-old North Carolina boy was allegedly shot dead by his neighbor while riding his bicycle outside his home over the weekend. Little Cannon Hinnant was playing outside his father’s house with his two sisters, ages 7 and 8, in the city of Wilson around 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he was allegedly shot in the head by 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, WRAL.com reported. The boy was rushed to the hospital, but he could not be saved. Sessoms, who lives next door to Cannon’s father on Archers Road, was later nabbed in Goldsboro and is facing first-degree murder charges. Police say the killing was not random, though they did not offer a motive, according to the news outlet. Witness Doris Lybrand...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE's formal renomination as the GOP's presidential nominee will be live-streamed and covered in-person by a "limited group of reporters," the Republican National Convention announced Tuesday, following reports that the event would be closed to the press. The convention's Committee on Arrangements said in a press release that the event in Charlotte would be broadcast live via major news networks and C-SPAN. The number of journalists allowed to attend will be restricted, however, due to social distancing requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Given the in-person capacity limitations...
    RALEIGH -- A dog that passed away in North Carolina after demonstrating signs of respiratory distress has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, officials said.According to health officials, a client arrived at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital on August 3 with their dog, who was demonstrating signs of respiratory distress with onset earlier that day.The dog later died from its illness.The client told staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and later tested negative.RELATED: Social distancing applies to pets too, CDC saysSamples collected from the dog were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for testing.Those tests confirmed a...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina dog that tested positive for coronavirus has died, state health officials said Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that it is the state's first confirmed positive case in a dog. The department said the dog was taken to the N.C. State Veterinary Hospital on Aug. 3 after showing signs of respiratory distress and died later that day. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which reviewed samples taken from the dog, confirmed that the dog tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. Asked whether the dog died from the virus, department spokeswoman Kelly Haight Connor said an investigation...
    SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A truck driver was injured and three fire trucks were damaged after a collision on Interstate 85 in North Carolina, the N.C. State Highway Patrol said Tuesday. The patrol said three fire trucks were in the southbound lanes responding to a tractor-trailer fire around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, news outlets report. A second tractor-trailer hit the three fire trucks from the Miller Ferry Fire Department, pushing them into one another, patrol First Sgt. G.A. Barger said. The second tractor-trailer stopped in the interstate before it caught fire, Barger said. According to Barger, the driver suffered second- and third-degree burns and was taken to a Winston-Salem hospital. No firefighters were injured, according to the trooper. The firefighters from...
    RALEIGH -- A dog that passed away in North Carolina after demonstrating signs of respiratory distress has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, officials said.According to health officials, a client arrived at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital on August 3 with their dog, who was demonstrating signs of respiratory distress with onset earlier that day.The dog later died from its illness.The client told staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and later tested negative.RELATED: Social distancing applies to pets too, CDC saysSamples collected from the dog were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for testing.Those tests confirmed a...
    RALEIGH -- A dog that passed away in North Carolina after demonstrating signs of respiratory distress has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, officials said.According to health officials, a client arrived at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital on August 3 with their dog, who was demonstrating signs of respiratory distress with onset earlier that day.The dog later died from its illness.The client told staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and later tested negative.RELATED: Social distancing applies to pets too, CDC saysSamples collected from the dog were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for testing.Those tests confirmed a...
    A North Carolina man has been charged with walking up to a 5-year-old boy playing outside and shooting him in the head, according to a report. Darius Sessoms, 25, was taken into custody Monday charged with first degree murder in the death of the boy, Cannon Hinnant, in Wilson, N.C, WRAL-TV reported. Sessoms and the boy's father were next-door neighbors. Cannon was at his father's house on his bike Sunday afternoon when he was shot in front of his two sisters, 7 and 8, WRAL-TV reported. Doris Labrant told the station in an exclusive interview that she was looking out her window when she saw Sessoms run up to Cannon, put a gun to the boy’s head and pull the trigger. She said...
    A Wilson, North Carolina man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly approached a 5-year-old who was playing outside and shot the child in the head. Darius Sessoms, 25, was apprehended and charged with first degree murder in connection with his alleged role in ending the life of the toddler, according to WRAL. The 25-year-old ran up to Cannon Hinnant, 5, and shot him in the head in front of his two sisters, aged 8 and 9, while they played outside of their home, witnesses told the local outlet. “My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Doris Lybrand, who watched the shooting, told WRAL. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill...
    A North Carolina Republican congressional candidate deleted an old social media post chronicling his trip to Adolf Hitler's home. Madison Cawthorn, 25, deleted a 2017 post taken from the Eagle’s Nest, the Nazi retreat in Germany that Hitler visited, on Monday shortly after it was dug up by Jezebel and was pointed out by his congressional opponent Moe Davis. “The vacation house of the führer. Seeing the Eagles Nest has been on my bucket list for awhile, it did not disappoint. Strange to hear so many laughs and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs and good times with his compatriots," the post from Cawthron read. Just seeing these...
    FRANKLINTON, North Carolina -- A North Carolina woman celebrated her 100th birthday over the weekend.Julia Lee Kelley has lived through six generations of her family.She has five children, 30 grandchildren, 88 great grandchildren, 49 great great grandchildren, and 1 great great great grandchild.Her family holds an annual reunion around this time of year. However, this year the reunion was turned into a drive-thru celebration of Kelley's 100th birthday.
    via Instagram @madisoncawthorn North Carolina House candidate Madison Cawthorn deleted an Instagram post on Monday of him on vacation at Adolf Hitler’s “Eagle Nest” headquarters. In the post, Cawthorn referred to Hitler as “the führer”— which means “leader” in German — and called his trip to the Eagle’s Nest, one of Hitler’s homes in the Alps, a “bucket list” destination. “Strange to hear so many laugh and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs and good times with his compatriots,” Cawthrone wrote in 2017. via Instagram @madisoncawthorn Cawthrorn is a 25-year-old Republican running in the 11th district in North Carolina. During his campaign, he’s made several appearances on Fox networks...
    Three states came off the traveler quarantine list that was issued in Chicago to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This Tuesday and after a review of the city, Iowa, Kansas and Utah were eliminated from the travel restriction order as they register a decrease in infections. Wisconsin and Nebraska were also noted for experiencing a decline in cases, but will remain on the list for another week until they hit the required metric to be eliminated. The city’s travel order is reviewed every Tuesday, and the changes take effect the following Friday. States are added to the list if they register more than 15 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, per day, in an...
    When the most powerful earthquake to rattle North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state on Sunday, the temblor apparently left its mark on one hillside. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the 5.1-magnitude quake struck around 8:07 a.m. on Sunday in Sparta, located about 70 miles northwest of Winston-Salem. Travis Simpson-Hunt, who was at his parent's cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, posted on Facebook that one noticeable thing about the quake was "the sound." "It was like a train going through the Cabin and then you could here [sic] it moving further up the mountain," he wrote. "Extremely Loud!" 5.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE RATTLES PARTS OF NC, GEORGIA Simpson-Hunt noted there was some damage to...
    President Trump now leads presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the key battleground state of North Carolina by one point, 48 percent to 47 percent, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday. The poll results continue the recent momentum of the president’s re-election campaign, which has seen him narrow the gap in national and battleground state polls over the past three weeks. According to the Rasmussen Reports poll: Trump is beating Biden in a new poll conducted by Rasmussen/Pulse Opinion for the Center for American Greatness on August 6th and 7th. The poll of 750 likely voters shows the president besting Biden by a single point when “leaners” are included. This poll is one data point suggesting...
    A lack of internal auditing led to the budget and cash flow problems at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), a new legislative report found. Despite having the second-largest internal audit unit in the state, NCDOT's Office of Inspector General has not completed a performance audit since 2016, according to an evaluation report completed by the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division. Evaluators told the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee on Monday that performance audits could have detected and prevented NCDOT from overspending by $742 million in fiscal year 2019 and maxing out its cash balances. Program Evaluation Division lead program evaluator John Horne said the blames lies with the North Carolina Council of Internal...
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Attorney General will have his office investigate the sources behind so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in the southeastern part of the state. The Fayetteville Observer reports that AG Josh Stein made the announcement on Monday. The chemicals his office will focus on include substances like PFAS and GenX. The state investigation will look into manufacturers and other possible sources of the pollution. PFAS are used in industrial processes to make things like nonstick coatings and fire suppression foams. Stein says the chemicals do not break down once they are released into the environment. They also build up in human blood and organs, causing harm to people's health. GenX is a type...
    ROBBINS, N.C. (AP) — Authorities said a man who was randomly firing gunshots in a North Carolina city was fatally shot by a police officer after he refused to put down his weapon. The shooting happened Monday night in Robbins, a city about 72 miles (115.9 kilometers) southwest of Raleigh, news outlets reported. Police encountered the man while responding to a call about a person brandishing a firearm and firing gunshots, Robbins Police Chief Lawson Thomas said in a news release. Thomas said officers made numerous attempts to disarm the man, but he refused and fled, WNCN-TV reported. A police officer later found him at a storage facility and shot him, Thomas said. There were no other injuries. The police...
    Reuters August 11, 2020 0 Comments Democrats and Republicans chose Wisconsin and North Carolina, two battleground states that will help decide the Nov. 3 presidential election, to host their nominating conventions before the coronavirus forced them to scale back the events. Here is a look at how Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are faring in each of the politically important states. WISCONSIN Before the pandemic upended its plans, the Democratic Party’s decision to hold its Aug. 17-20 convention in Milwaukee highlighted the party’s aim to take back the swing state Trump narrowly won in 2016. Trump’s upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by less than 1% of the vote four years ago marked...
    By Michael Martina (Reuters) - Democrats and Republicans chose Wisconsin and North Carolina, two battleground states that will help decide the Nov. 3 presidential election, to host their nominating conventions before the coronavirus forced them to scale back the events. Here is a look at how Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are faring in each of the politically important states. WISCONSIN Before the pandemic upended its plans, the Democratic Party's decision to hold its Aug. 17-20 convention in Milwaukee highlighted the party's aim to take back the swing state Trump narrowly won in 2016. Trump's upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by less than 1% of the vote four years ago marked the first...
    More than 200 people showed up to support police officers at a Back the Blue rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday. “These guys get so much crap, literally, thrown at them daily,” attendee Keri Warner told the News & Observer. “They just need support and need to know what they are doing is worth it.” The rally was organized by the Facebook group Back the Blue NC, which had 41,510 members as of Monday. “Given the current state of the union, praise and admiration of our law enforcement officers has been quickly replaced with slander and violent opposition,” the group’s about page read. “We are here to show our support of our heroes and to speak up on their...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination will be held at either the White House or the Gettysburg battlefield. “We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations - The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C.,” he tweeted. He tweeted that a decision on the location of the Aug. 27 speech will be made soon. Both sites are federal property raising legal and ethical issues for their use in a political event. The Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania could also resurface the president’s defense of monuments to heroes of Confederacy. Trump’s original...
    When Hurricane Isaias made landfall last Monday and then roared up the East Coast with powerful winds and heavy rain, the storm also generated dozens of tornadoes. The National Weather Service (NWS) Eastern Region said Friday that at least 36 tornadoes are confirmed to have been whirled up by Isaias from North Carolina all the way to Connecticut. According to the NWS, the tornadoes included an EF3 in North Carolina that killed two people, six EF2s, 17 EF1s, and 11 EF0s. TRUMP DECLARES EMERGENCY FOR CONNECTICUT, SENDS FEDS TO AID IN TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS RESPONSE North Carolina saw the most tornadoes with 12 confirmed, following by eight twisters in Maryland, seven in Virginia, two in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, with one each in South Carolina and...
    D.C. updated its list of high-risk states Monday, removing Delaware — the beaches of which are a top destination for summer vacationers from the District. Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Minnesota are the newest additions. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s order to self-quarantine for 14 days remains in place for those traveling to the District from the following states: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Florida Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee Texas Utah Wisconsin Bowser’s order stipulates that anyone coming to the District from a high-risk state for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival. The...
    A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina near the Virginia border on Sunday, with shaking felt as far away as Tennessee and South Carolina. It's the largest quake to hit the state since 1916, the National Weather Service said. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake's epicenter was 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, North Carolina, at a depth of about 2.3 miles. It hit just after 8 a.m., and could be felt throughout North Carolina, as well as in Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina, the USGS said. Kendra Kitler posted video to Facebook of her house shaking. "What's happening, what's happening," she said as she picked up her baby. Well I guess all of you should get to have...
    DALLAS, N.C. (AP) — A 1-year-old pit bull and a rabid fox got into a tussle that ended up killing the fox after the animal appeared on the dog’s owners’ property in North Carolina. The incident happened Thursday in Dallas, a town about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Charlotte, news outlets reported. State health officials confirmed two days later that the fox’s remains tested positive for rabies, the Gaston County Police Department in a news release. The pit bull was up to date on her vaccinations for rabies, police said. She also received a rabies booster shot. The fox is the fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina on Sunday morning in what seismologists are describing as the most powerful one to hit the state in more than a century. Centered in Sparta, North Carolina, on the Virginia border, people felt the quake throughout the western portion of the state, as well as in Charlotte. No damage was reported, according to The Associated Press. “This would be the biggest quake in NC since the 5.1 in 1916 near Asheville,” tweeted Brad Panovich, chief meteorologist for NBC Charlotte. In 1916, a 5.2-magnitude quake hit Skyland right outside of Asheville, according to the National Weather Service. This would be the biggest quake in NC since the 5.1 in 1916 near Asheville. — Brad Panovich (@wxbrad)...
    SPARTA, N.C. (AP) — The most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state early Sunday, rattling homes, businesses and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Michael Hull was standing in his driveway at his home in Sparta when he noticed a group of deer running. “Not even a minute passed and the side-to-side motion started,” Hull said. “It takes you a minute to realize what’s happening, and you just can’t believe it. Then it was over. It was loud, like God was shaking a mountain...
    A 5.1-magnitude earthquake rocked North Carolina early Sunday with probably the most highly effective tremors to hit the state in additional than 100 years. The quake struck round 8:07 a.m. with the epicenter about was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, simply south of the Virginia-North Carolina border, in response to the US Geological Service. Tremors had been reported all through the Tar Heel State, in addition to close by Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. It marked the strongest to rattle the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred close to Skyland, in response to the Nationwide Climate Service in Greenville. No speedy reviews of injury or accidents adopted the quake, because the affected area has buildings...
    A 5.1-magnitude earthquake rocked North Carolina early Sunday with the most powerful tremors to hit the state in more than 100 years. The quake struck around 8:07 a.m. with the epicenter about was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border, according to the US Geological Service. Tremors were reported throughout the Tar Heel State, as well as nearby Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. It marked the strongest to rattle the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, according to the National Weather Service in Greenville. No immediate reports of damage or injuries followed the quake, as the affected region has structures “that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures...
    Earthquake : The tremor knocked items off the shelves of a Food Lion in Sparta. (.) – A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck about 2 miles from the city of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state’s border with Virginia, according to the preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the state since 1926, according to the North Carolina Geological Survey. The earthquake, whose epicenter was in Alleghany County, was felt as far away as South Carolina and Georgia, according to posts on social media. The USGS received reports from more than 302 miles away in Atlanta. It was felt around 8:07 am (Miami time). “It felt like a big locomotive...
    North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality North Carolina's areas of seismic activity. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the border region of North Carolina near Virginia Sunday morning, the strongest earthquake in the state since 1916, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. The USGS confirmed the quake Sunday morning near Sparta, N.C. Some may be surprised to learn that earthquakes are not uncommon in the state, but they are usually low magnitude. According to the NCDEQ, earthquakes in North Carolina are usually seen in the western part of the state but they can happen throughout North Carolina. The NCDEQ reports, “It is very important to realize that even though North Carolina and the east coast of the...
    A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck North Carolina on Sunday morning, the largest to hit the state in more than a century. The quake hit at 8:07am around 100 miles north of Charlotte near to the town of Sparta, which is situated along North Carolina's border with Virginia. The force of the quake was said to be felt as far away as South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, according to the US Geological Survey. The department said it received numerous report of the quake in Atlanta, 300 miles away from the epicenter. 'It felt like a big locomotive going by and a big wave coming underneath the bed,' said Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar, who said he was woken up by the quake....
    An earthquake struck near the South Carolina and Virginia border and was felt in multiple states. The 5.1 magnitude quake occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday morning two miles away from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, which is about 100 miles north of Charlotte, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "It felt like a big locomotive going by and a big wave coming underneath the bed. A big wave coming to lift you," said Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar, who was awakened by the earthquake. "Cracked foundation, and stuff falling off shelves in houses. I've lived here my whole life and have never felt anything like that." The government agency issued a green alert following the quake,...
    SPARTA, North Carolina – Authorities say an earthquake was felt across much of North Carolina early Sunday, shaking homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Skyland, the weather service said. The United States Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta. Geomorphologist José Molinelli highlights the importance of evaluating a tsunami map when granting construction permits.
    SPARTA, North Carolina – Authorities say an earthquake was felt across much of North Carolina early Sunday, shaking homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Skyland, the weather service said. The United States Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta. Geomorphologist José Molinelli highlights the importance of evaluating a tsunami map when granting construction permits.
    SPARTA, North Carolina – Authorities say an earthquake was felt across much of North Carolina early Sunday, shaking homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck near Skyland, the weather service said. The United States Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was about 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta. Geomorphologist José Molinelli highlights the importance of evaluating a tsunami map when granting construction permits.
    SPARTA, N.C. - Officials say an earthquake - the strongest in more than 100 years - shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, rattling homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier.  There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the largest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, the weather service said. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake's epicenter was about 2.5 miles (four kilometers) southeast of Sparta, just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border. The USGS said the population in the affected region resides in structures "that are...
    Parts of Georgia and North Carolina were shook by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported. The epicenter of the quake appeared to be around Sparta, N.C., with the impact extending as far north as Lynchburg, Virginia, and south to Atlanta, the NWS said. HEAVY RAINS IN ST LOUIS SPARK FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR THE AREA So far no damage has been reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey database, the quake is the second-strongest to occur in North Carolina since 1900. The strongest, according to the service, was a 5.2 quake that occurred in 1916 near Skyland. The USGS asked anyone who felt the quake to report it on the quake's event page. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP This is a...
    SPARTA, N.C. (AP) — Officials say an earthquake shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, rattling homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the largest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, the weather service said. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake's epicenter was about 2.5 miles (four kilometers) southeast of Sparta. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: North Carolina
    A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state’s border with Virginia, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey. The quake, whose epicenter is in Alleghany County, was felt as far away as South Carolina and Georgia, according to social media posts. The USGS received reports from more than 300 miles away, in Atlanta. This mornings earthquake in North Carolina as registered by the Virginia Tech Seismograph! pic.twitter.com/e0Y0FoKBSh — NWS Blacksburg (@NWSBlacksburg) August 9, 2020 It struck about 8:07 a.m. ET. “It felt like a big locomotive going by and a big wave coming underneath the bed,” said Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar, who was awakened by the quake....
    SPARTA, N.C. -- A 5.1 magnitude earthquake in North Carolina could be felt across parts of the state and beyond Sunday morning, according to reports collected by the United States Geological Survey.The quake happened near Sparta, adjacent to the Virginia state line, around 8 a.m. ET, according to the USGS.The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once each year or two.There have been no reports of damage or injuries. Did You Feel It??? According to the USGS, North Carolina just experienced a 5.1 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter at 2 km SSE of Sparta, North Carolina. For more info click...
    SPARTA, N.C. (AP) — Officials say an earthquake shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, rattling homes, buildings and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake several hours earlier. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the largest earthquake to hit the state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland, the weather service said. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake’s epicenter was about 2.5 miles (four kilometers) southeast of Sparta. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, along the state's border with Virginia, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake, whose epicenter is in Allegheny County, was felt as far away as South Carolina and Georgia, according to social media posts. It struck about 8:07 a.m. ET.Information on damage in the area was not immediately available, but the USGS says earthquakes become destructive at a magnitude of 4.0 to 5.0, depending on variables. A 5.3-magnitude is considered a moderate quake, the USGS says. The agency issued a green alert, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. Read MoreThe temblor rumbled at a depth of about 5.7 miles, which is...
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