North Carolina News – October 5

North Carolina News – October 5


Opponents target Ted Budd, Trump’s choice in GOP Senate race

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — Rep. Ted Budd has been playing defense since getting former President Donald Trump’s endorsement in North Carolina’s GOP Senate primary. Budd is one of three leading candidates looking to keep an open U.S. Senate seat in Republican hands. Former Gov. Pat McCrory accused Budd’s family of “fraud” over a loan it gave to a company run by Budd’s father. The family got the loan repaid even as farmers lost millions in the seed company’s bankruptcy. Fellow congressman Mark Walker meanwhile says Budd is too cozy with Club for Growth, an influential political action committee spending at least $10 million on his campaign. 


Fort Bragg soldier killed, 4 hurt in military vehicle crash

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Officials at Fort Bragg say a soldier was killed and four others were injured in an accident involving a military vehicle. News outlets report that a news release from the Army post says the accident occurred Monday around 12:50 p.m. The names of those involved in the accident were being withheld pending notification of relatives. The accident was the second wreck on the post in four months. In June, an Army corporal was killed and two other soldiers injured in a wreck as they were en route to training.


North Carolina COVID trends improve despite low vaccinations

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s COVID-19 metrics are improving even as fewer and fewer people are receiving a vaccine. State health department data released Monday showed unvaccinated residents are far likelier to contract the virus, become hospitalized and die. State health officials warn of a decreased effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing infection from the more contagious delta variant. But the approved COVID-19 shots remains the best prevention measure. In the past two weeks, hospitalizations have dropped by 25%. Cases have declined by more than 30%. The share of tests coming back positive are also dwindling. 


Health care obligations for NC retirees before Supreme Court

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court is now considering whether the legislature’s decision 10 years ago to begin charging some retired state government workers and teachers a premium for health insurance violated an agreement the state made with those workers. The justices heard arguments Monday but didn’t immediately rule. Their decision could affect hundreds of thousands of retirees and the state with premium refunds and future expenses. Retirees argue the state was contractually obligated to offer premium-free benefits under a plan in which they paid 20 percent of their co-insurance. State attorneys say there was never a contract, and that lawmakers have adjusted insurance benefits often.


North Carolina man charged in deputy’s shooting during check

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office has charged a man after one of its deputies was wounded as they went to serve him an involuntary commitment order. News outlets report Robert Joseph Westrup appeared in court on Monday on charges of assault on law enforcement with a deadly weapon and attempted first-degree murder. Three Craven County sheriff’s deputies went to serve Westrup on Friday after his family expressed concern. According to the sheriff’s office, Westrup fired on the deputies and hit deputy Zachary Bellingham, who is recovering in the hospital. Westrup requested a court-appointed attorney on Monday and is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 14.


Virginia woman accused of stealing SUV with five kids inside

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have accused a Virginia woman of stealing an SUV with five children inside after the driver had stopped to help her following a multi-car crash. The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that the SUV driver stopped and got out to assist after witnessing the crash on Sunday. One of the drivers involved in the crash got out of their car, jumped into the SUV and drove off with the children. Deputies apprehended her after she stopped at a convenience store and ran. The sheriff’s office filed multiple charges against Markell Hancox of Chesapeake, Virginia, including second-degree kidnapping.


NC Democrat, LGBT-rights activist Allison dies at 74

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A transgender woman who became a strong Democratic activist on behalf of LGBT rights in North Carolina has died. Janice Covington Allison was 74. A friend says she died at a Charlotte hospital on Friday. Allison became the first transgender woman to represent North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention when she was elected a delegate to the 2012 convention in Charlotte. Allison also ran unsuccessfully for North Carolina Democratic Party chair in 2015, and was also the party’s diversity and outreach chair. State Democratic Party leaders called Allison a “champion for the transgender community.”


Woman wanted for killing in North Carolina found in Georgia

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — Police say a woman wanted for a killing in North Carolina has been found in Georgia with her 2-year-old son. The South Fulton Police Department says 31-year-old Camille Singleton was taken into custody at a Walmart on Sunday. She’s a suspect in the killing of Inita Gaither in Clayton, North Carolina. Officers found the 68-year-old dead inside her home while conducting a welfare check on Thursday. Police say she and Singleton were related. Singleton’s son was the subject of an AMBER Alert issued Friday. He was found unharmed with his mother on Sunday and was placed in the care of family members. Police said Singleton would be extradited to North Carolina.

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