Officials: NC budget deal reached between House, Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on adjustments to the second year of the two-year state government budget that was approved last fall. House Speaker Tim Moore and a spokesperson for Senate leader Phil Berger confirmed separately the agreement on Monday. Details were likely to come Tuesday, with votes in each chamber expected later in the week. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper would be asked to sign any agreement into law. He’s been speaking with Berger and Moore. Legislators have been trying to figure out what to do with $6 billion in revenue overcollections. Medicaid expansion also wound its way into negotiations.
TWO FOUND DEAD
2 found dead at North Carolina home; 2 children unharmed
MOCKSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man and woman have been found dead at a home, while two children were found safe. WGHP reports the Davie County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded on Sunday to a report of a disturbance. A 911 caller told dispatchers that someone was shooting at her, the sheriff’s office said, adding that a dispatcher heard “a loud disturbance” over the phone. When deputies reached the home, they found a 29-year-old man dead in the front yard and a 23-year-old woman dead inside the home. Two children were found in the home unharmed.
Odor aboard American Eagle flight prompts evacuation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Passengers were forced to evacuate an American Eagle flight which stopped on the taxiway at a North Carolina airport on Monday after reports of an odor in the cabin. A spokesperson for American Airlines said in a statement says no injuries were reported among the 60 passengers and four crewmembers. According to the spokesperson, Flight 5594 halted takeoff from Charlotte Douglas International Airport at around 9:30 a.m. Passengers were asked to leave the CRJ-900 through boarding doors onto the ramp, and buses took them back to the terminal, where they were expected to board another aircraft which would take them to Melbourne, Florida.
MISSING MAN’S BOAT-AZORES
Missing North Carolina man’s boat found in Azores
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say the boat of a North Carolina man missing for seven months has washed ashore in the Azores Islands. Carolina Beach police said Monday that Joseph Matthew Johnson has not been found. Police say the 44-year-old resident of Carolina Beach was last seen leaving Federal Point Yacht Club marina on Nov. 22 on his boat. Johnson was reported missing five days later by a friend who arrived in town for a previously arranged fishing trip. Authorities in São Jorge Island, a small island in the Azores, contacted Carolina Beach police when they discovered a 2006 Clearwater fishing boat that washed ashore last week was registered to Johnson.
Police in Charlotte shoot, seriously injure robbery suspect
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in Charlotte say they shot and seriously injured an armed robbery suspect after he opened fire on officers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it received a call Sunday before 1 p.m. about an armed robbery on Tuckaseegee Road. Police say they encountered a suspect shot multiple times at officers, striking at least one patrol car. Officers returned fire, and the suspect was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say a firearm was uncovered on scene. No officers were injured.
After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments
Praise and lament for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend. Clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context — and competing messages — about the historic moment. Abortion is a visceral issue for deeply divided religious Americans in the wake of the seismic Dobbs v. Jackson decision. In Pittsburgh on Sunday, one Catholic priest called Friday “a day of great joy” because of the ruling, although a few people left during his homily. A minister in New York City mourned the decision, saying, “We are reeling.”
1-year-old child dies from gunshot wound in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A 1-year-old child has been killed and a 7-year-old child injured by gunfire during a shooting in Charlotte. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says it received a call before 8 p.m. Saturday for an assault with a deadly weapon in southeast Charlotte. Officers found the two children on arrival. They both were taken to hospital, where the younger child was pronounced dead. The 7-year-old’s injuries are not expected to be life-threatening. Police say their investigation is ongoing.
Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers
PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some big fireworks displays are canceled again, this time for pandemic-related supply chain or staffing problems, or fire concerns amid dry weather. The city of Phoenix cited supply chain issues in canceling its three major Independence Day fireworks shows this year. The northern Arizona city of Flagstaff is replacing fireworks with a laser light show. Some cities in California and Colorado are also nixing the once traditional fireworks shows for their July 4 celebrations.