North Carolina News – October 13

North Carolina News – October 13


Michelle Obama, LeBron James team to help boost early voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A voter initiative led by Michelle Obama is partnering with a similar group founded by NBA star LeBron James and other prominent Black athletes and entertainers to generate excitement about voting early for the Nov. 3 election. Mrs. Obama’s group When We All Vote and James’ group More Than A Vote are teaming to provide information, transportation, food, music, personal protective equipment and other support at early voting sites nationwide Oct. 18-31. In-person events are planned for Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit; Los Angeles; Milwaukee; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia. A virtual couch party is planned Oct. 23. Mrs. Obama told The Associated Press on Tuesday “making your plan to vote early is critical.”


Thousands of N.C. voters wait weeks for absentee ballots

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Weeks from the election, three of North Carolina’s most populous counties are often taking two weeks or more to send absentee ballots out to voters who request them. The Associated Press analyzed data on absentee ballot requests over a period from Sept. 1, when the state launched an online request portal, through Oct. 5. AP’s analysis shows that in Wake County, the state’s largest, it took an average of 15 days from when voters requested ballots to when the county printed and mailed out the absentee ballots by mail during that period.  The average processing times during that period for Buncombe and Forsyth counties were 14 days and 11 days.


District considering removing Confederate’s name from school

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Leaders of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools want rid a high school of a Confederate general’s name and replace it with the name of a pioneering civil rights attorney. The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that the school is Zebulon B. Vance High School. School officials told the Observer that Superintendent Earnest Winston will recommend to the school board that the school be renamed in honor of attorney Julius Chambers. Chambers is best known as the lawyer who argued a landmark school desegregation case. It had mandated countywide busing to integrate the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The renaming could be approved by the board at its planned meeting Tuesday night


Man arrested for ‘brutal’ fatal stabbing in North Carolina

GALAX, Va. (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing a woman and wounding her son in a “brutal” attack inside their North Carolina home has been arrested in Virginia. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said 55-year-old Edward Eugene Snipes was taken into custody Monday in Galax, Virginia. That’s about 143 miles northwest of the victims’ home in eastern Orange County. Deputies say the son, Lakota Franklin, was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s home for help Sunday night. Franklin was transported to a hospital by emergency responders for treatment. Deputies then found his mother, Jennifer McFalls, dead in the home with multiple stab wounds. Authorities say robbery appears to be the motive.


Deadline this week for some N.C. parents to receive $335

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — Some North Carolina parents are running out of time to ensure they receive additional money later this year for help during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new state law directs $335 payments go automatically to 2019 tax filers who reported having at least one child age 16 or under. Parents or guardians who didn’t make enough money last year to file a return can still get the “Extra Credit Grant,” but they must file an application by Thursday to qualify. The law says the money is designed to assist with virtual schooling and child-care costs during the pandemic.


Smokies looks to public for ideas to reduce congestion

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is turning to the public for ideas on how to reduce congestion at some of its most popular spots. The park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border saw a record 12.5 million visitors in 2019 and has set monthly visitation records in June, July, and August of this year. According to the park, the result has been congested roadways, overflowing parking lots, trampled vegetation. and long lines. The park is soliciting public input on the problem through virtual workshops, online forms, and direct mail.


Black North Carolina firefighters allege racism in grievance

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Black firefighters in a North Carolina city have filed a grievance alleging white captains talked about running over protesters and a firefighter made a noose during a rope and knots class. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the grievance was filed by Black firefighters with the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The grievance calls for Chief William Mayo to be fired for failing to discipline white firefighters who, the group said, have created a hostile work environment through comments in person and on social media. Edward Scott Blair, one of the white fire captains, says the allegations made against him have been taken out of context.


Senate Democrats’ fundraising success puts GOP on defensive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Senate candidates are mounting a push in Republican states that few would have thought were competitive just a few months ago, putting GOP control of the chamber at risk. In South Carolina, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s challenger, Democrat Jaime Harrison, shattered fundraising records with a $57 million haul. MJ Hegar in Texas reported raising over $13 million in her race against Republican Sen. John Cornyn. And even in deep-red Mississippi, Mike Espy reported raising $4 million in his rematch against Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. The windfall speaks to the energy coursing through a restive Democratic base that hopes to oust President Donald Trump and flip control of the Senate.

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