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    A 20-year-old woman visiting North Carolina for bible camp was killed a hotel room, according to authorities. Police are looking for Quincy Hannah, 26, of York, Pennsylvania, in connection with the murder, according to a release by the Davies County sheriff's office. Investigators were called to assist two other people whose cell phones were missing at the Days Inn motel in Mocksville, North Carolina on Monday around at 9:50 p.m., according to the release. Suzannee Kauffman, 20, of Denver, Colorado, was found dead in a room rented in Hannah's name, according to investigators. "The death was not of natural causes," Davie County Enterprise record reports citing Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman.  Kauffman was in North Carolina to attend a Bible camp in Iredell County, and was thought to be holding on to phones belonging to people she was traveling with, according to officials. The phones were later located on the side of the road along with keys to an Acura, belonging to Kauffman, according to the release. Her vehicle was later found in the parking lot of a Kentucky Fried Chicken...
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Wong scored 25 points, Sam Waardenburg set a career high with 21 points and Miami led by 27 points at halftime en route to an 85-57 victory over North Carolina on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes ended a five-game losing streak in the series with their largest margin of victory over the Tar Heels. Miami led 49-22 at the break — matching North Carolina’s largest halftime deficit since 2010 against Duke. READ MORE: Feds Drop Appeal On Cruise Industry RestrictionsMiami scored 14 unanswered points early in the first half, with two 3-pointers by Waardenburg, for a 16-5 lead and the Hurricanes led by at least eight points the rest of the way. Waardenburg had 11 points in the opening nine minutes to match North Carolina’s total, and his dunk later in the half made it 39-18 after his sixth straight made basket. Waardenburg scored 17 points in the first half, Wong added 15 points and Kameron McGusty had 12 as the Hurricanes shot 58.1% from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range. North...
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Wong scored 25 points, Sam Waardenburg set a career high with 21 points and Miami led by 27 points at halftime en route to an 85-57 victory over North Carolina on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes ended a five-game losing streak in the series with their largest margin of victory over the Tar Heels. Miami led 49-22 at the break — matching North Carolina’s largest halftime deficit since 2010 against Duke. Miami scored 14 unanswered points early in the first half, with two 3-pointers by Waardenburg, for a 16-5 lead and the Hurricanes led by at least eight points the rest of the way. Waardenburg had 11 points in the opening nine minutes to match North Carolina’s total, and his dunk later in the half made it 39-18 after his sixth straight made basket. Waardenburg scored 17 points in the first half, Wong added 15 points and Kameron McGusty had 12 as the Hurricanes shot 58.1% from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range. North Carolina was just 7-of-31 shooting (22.6%)...
              by Kendall Tietz   The North Carolina State Superintendent walked back plans to implement a statewide curriculum that would teach disabled preschoolers to “deconstruct whiteness,” according to a report from Education First Alliance (EFA). Catherine Truitt, North Carolina’s superintendent of public instruction, said she has not “will not sign” a contract proposal that would teach disabled preschoolers “we are all products of a racialized society” and that “Whiteness affects everything … inside and outside the classroom.” “Instead, I will create a new contract proposal that has strict guardrails and new accountability measures to ensure the true needs of our youngest and most vulnerable learners are met,” she said. “As long as I am Superintendent, our pre-K classrooms will remain places of play and learning.” Education groups such as EFA, No Left Turn in Education and North Carolina Citizens for Constitutional Rights called on the North Carolina General Assembly to stop funding a statewide program that would teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) aligned ideas to special education students, according to an EFA press release. CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in...
    DURHAM, N.C. (WLS) -- A semitrailer became precariously perched off an overpass Sunday night in North Carolina, as winter weather blew across the east coast.Police in Durham, North Carolina said the tractor trailer went off the highway overpass about 5 p.m., and the driver was being treated for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.Drivers were asked to avoid the area, as lanes were expected to be shut down for several hours.RELATED: Weather Chicago: New Year's Day snow storm causes issues on roads across areaThe massive winter system brought dangerous conditions Sunday to the Southeast, where thousands were still without power Monday.Multiple states reported inches of snow, and two people died Sunday in North Carolina when their car drove off the road.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    (CNN)More than 50 million across the Eastern US are under winter weather alerts early Monday as a massive storm system left its mark from Florida to Maine, generating tornadoes, freezing rain and heavy snowfall across the region.After causing widespread power outages and major road closures across the Southeast on Sunday, the winter storm will shift to bring heavy snowfall to the Northeast. Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York, could see 8 to 12 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. More than a foot of heavy snow is also expected across the upper Ohio Valley through the lower Great Lakes region on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Significant icing and treacherous travel conditions slam the Southeast as thousands lose power in the bitter coldStrong winds could also lead to flooding along the coast from Virginia to Maine, Guy said. Buffalo could see wind gusts up to 45 mph Monday, while New York City may get 55 mph gusts overnight Sunday into Monday and some parts of Maine could see gusts up to 65 mph. As of early Monday...
    North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4, 4-1 ACC) at Miami Hurricanes (13-4, 5-1 ACC) Coral Gables, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: North Carolina visits the Miami Hurricanes after Armando Bacot scored 29 points in North Carolina’s 88-65 win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Hurricanes have gone 8-1 in home games. Miami has a 4-2 record in games decided by 10 or more points. The Tar Heels are 4-1 against conference opponents. North Carolina leads the ACC shooting 39.8% from deep. Anthony Harris paces the Tar Heels shooting 60.0% from 3-point range. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels match up Tuesday for the first time in ACC play this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Kameron McGusty is shooting 49.5% and averaging 17.9 points for the Hurricanes. Charlie Moore is averaging 1.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Miami. Caleb Love averages 2.3 made 3-pointers per game for the Tar Heels, scoring 15.5 points while shooting 45.1% from beyond the arc. Bacot is averaging 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds over the last 10 games for North Carolina. LAST 10 GAMES:...
    By PAMELA SAMPSON and KIM CHANDLER ATLANTA (AP) — A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice swept through parts of the U.S. Southeast on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze. Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Highway patrols reported hundreds of vehicle accidents, and a tornado ripped through a trailer park in Florida. More than 1,200 Sunday flights at Charlotte Douglas International were cancelled – more than 90% of the airport’s Sunday schedule, according to the flight tracking service flightaware.com. Winter Storm Izzy dumped as much as 10 inches of snow in some areas of western North Carolina as the system moved across the southeastern U.S., said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. First Sgt. Christopher Knox, a North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson, said that by midafternoon, the agency had responded to 300 car crashes and nearly 800 calls for service. Two people died Sunday when their car drove off the...
    No. 1. South Carolina (17-1) beat Texas A&M 65-45; beat Arkansas 61-52. No. 2. Stanford (13-3) beat No. 22 Colorado 60-52; beat Utah 83-73. No. 3. Louisville (15-1) beat Syracuse 84-71; beat Boston College 63-53. No. 4. NC State (16-2) beat Virginia 66-43; beat No. 16 Duke 84-60. No. 5. Tennessee (17-1) beat Vanderbilt 65-51; beat No. 19 Kentucky 84-58. No. 6. Indiana (14-2) beat Nebraska 72-65; beat Purdue 73-68, OT. No. 7. Arizona (12-2) beat Oregon St. 55-53; lost to Oregon 68-66, OT. No. 8. Maryland (12-5) lost to No. 11 Michigan 69-49. No. 9. Iowa St. (16-1) beat No. 25 Kansas St. 73-70; beat Oklahoma St. 74-60. No. 10. UConn (9-3) beat Butler 92-47; beat Xavier 78-41. No. 11. Michigan (15-2) beat Penn St. 74-57; beat No. 8 Maryland 69-49. No. 12. LSU (17-2) beat Missouri 87-85, OT; beat Vanderbilt 82-64. No. 13. Texas (12-3) lost to Kansas 70-66, OT; beat West Virginia 73-57. No. 14. Baylor (11-4) lost to No. 23 Oklahoma 83-77; beat Kansas 82-79. No. 15. Georgia Tech (13-4) beat Pittsburgh 63-52; beat Florida St....
    The Saskatchewan Screamer is tearing through the US causing tornadoes in the South, heavy snowfall in the north and plunging temperatures down to single digits as the powerful winter storms moves up the East Coast. After unleashing its fury across the southeast Sunday, it's likely to begin moving northeast before battering states along the Atlantic on Monday, Accuweather forecasters said. 'The heaviest snowfall will accumulate across interior parts of the Northeast, unloading accumulations that could bring some communities to a standstill,' the weather network reported. By the time the storm is through, 100 million Americans will likely have felt its effect, Accuweather said. The storm has already left more than 220,000 people without power. In North Carolina - hit hardest by Sunday's snow siege - more than 82,000 people were without power as temperatures plunged to 25 F.  More than 74,000 others were powerless in South Carolina where the thermostat dipped to 25 F, while a blackout affected about 20,000 people in Florida, according a site that tracks electricity outages. More than 45,000 outrages were reported in Georgia, where Atlanta recorded a low...
    ATLANTA -- A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice was sweeping through parts of the U.S. Southeast on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze.Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Highway patrols were reporting hundreds of vehicle accidents, and a tornado ripped through a trailer park in Florida. More than 1,200 Sunday flights at Charlotte Douglas International were cancelled - more than 90% of the airport's Sunday schedule, according to the flight tracking service flightaware.com.By noon Sunday, between 8 and 12 inches (20 and 30 centimeters) of snow had fallen in some counties of North Carolina, while significant icing was causing problems in the central part of the state.First Sgt. Christopher Knox, a spokesman for the North Carolina Highway Patrol, said that by mid-afternoon, the agency had responded to 300 car crashes and nearly 800 calls for service. Transportation Secretary J. Eric Boyette said many roads in the central and western part of the state were covered with ice....
    A winter storm has buried the Southeast Coast in heavy snow and threatens to leave large parts of the United States covered in ice and snow. This storm, named Izzy by the Weather Channel, has already brought up to 12 inches of snow in North Carolina and is expected to bring that same icy fury to the Northeast. At least 80 million people living on the East Coast are under a winter weather watch on Sunday. The storm "will bring heavy snow and damaging ice to much of the eastern third of the country today and Monday. In some places, ice may accumulate to more than 1/4", and snow will exceed 1 foot," reported the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center. CRUISE SHIPS NO LONGER HAVE TO ABIDE BY CDC COVID-19 STANDARDS A developing major winter storm will bring heavy snow and damaging ice to much of the eastern third of the country today and Monday. In some places, ice may accumulate to more than 1/4", and snow will exceed 1 foot. pic.twitter.com/PneOyvhF20— NWS Weather Prediction...
    A gunman opened fire in the parking lot of a North Carolina shopping mall on Saturday, killing two adults, a child and wounding himself, authorities said. Police responded just after 4 p.m. to reports of a shooting at the Landfall Center shopping complex in Wilmington, Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams told reporters at the scene Saturday evening. TEXAS SYNAGOGUE ACCUSED HOSTAGE TAKER WAS BRITISH NATIONAL Officers found two adults and one child dead from gunshot wounds at the scene. The victims’ identities were not immediately released. A gunman opened fire at in the parking lot of the Landfall Center shopping complex in Wilmington, N.C., on Saturday, killing two adults, a child and wounding himself, authorities said. (Google Earth, File) The suspect was found alive with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment. Police did not immediately release his identity. While investigators have yet to determine a motive, Williams said there appeared to be "some form of personal relationship" between the victims and the suspect. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "This is...
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Armando Bacot tied his career high with 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, RJ Davis scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and North Carolina cruised to a 88-65 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday night. Bacot made 10 of 16 from the field and 9 of 9 from the free-throw line while Davis had six assists and hit four 3-pointers. Caleb Love made three 3s and finished with 14 points and Brady Manek added 11 points for North Carolina (12-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Davis hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring and another to cap a 10-2 opening run and the Tar Heels never trailed. Davis hit two more 3s — and Manek added a 3-pointer and a traditional three-point play — in a 16-3 spurt that made it 42-24 with 2:23 left in the first half. Bacot converted back-to-back three-point plays and then made a layup in a 50-second span to give North Carolina a 32-point lead, its biggest of the game, with 9:29 left. Jordan Usher led Georgia Tech (7-9,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasts of snow and ice as far south as Georgia have put a big part of the Southeast on an emergency preparedness footing as shoppers scoured store shelves for storm supplies and crews raced to treat highways and roads as a major winter storm approached from the Midwest. In Virginia, where a blizzard left thousands of motorists trapped on clogged highways earlier this month, outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and urged people to take the approaching storm seriously. In North Carolina, some store shelves were stripped bare of essentials including bread and milk. By Friday, the fast-moving storm had already dropped heavy snow across a large swath of the Midwest, where travel conditions deteriorated and scores of schools closed or moved to online instruction. Iowa was hit the hardest. Brad Small, a National Weather Service meteorologist said the airport in Des Moines saw more than 14 inches of snow and a big swath of the central and southern Iowa recorded between 9 inches and a foot of snow. In perhaps a preview...
    By Sudhin Thanawala and Jeffrey Collins | Associated Press ATLANTA — Weather forecasters’ predictions of debilitating snow and ice as far south as Georgia sent parts of the region into a tizzy Friday with shoppers scouring store shelves for storm supplies and road crews trying to prevent a repeat of past wintertime debacles. In Virginia, where a blizzard left thousands of motorists trapped on clogged highways earlier this month, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and urged people to take the approaching storm seriously. Some store shelves were stripped bare of essentials including bread and milk in North Carolina. Trucks prepared to spray a briny mixture on roads to prevent icing across the region, and Travis Wagler said he hadn’t seen such a run on supplies at his Abbeville, South Carolina, hardware store in at least two winters. “We’re selling everything you might expect: sleds, but also salt, shovels and firewood,” Wagler said from Abbeville Hardware. There, forecasters predict a quarter-inch (0.6 centimeters) of ice or more on trees and power lines, which could lead to days without...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Weather forecasters’ predictions of debilitating snow and ice as far south as Georgia sent parts of the region into a tizzy Friday with shoppers scouring store shelves for storm supplies and road crews trying to prevent a repeat of past wintertime debacles. In Virginia, where a blizzard left thousands of motorists trapped on clogged highways earlier this month, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and urged people to take the approaching storm seriously. Some store shelves were stripped bare of essentials including bread and milk in North Carolina. Trucks prepared to spray a briny mixture on roads to prevent icing across the region, and Travis Wagler said he hadn’t seen such a run on supplies at his Abbeville, South Carolina, hardware store in at least two winters. “We’re selling everything you might expect: sleds, but also salt, shovels and firewood,” Wagler said from Abbeville Hardware. There, forecasters predict a quarter-inch (0.6 centimeters) of ice or more on trees and power lines, which could lead to days without electricity. “People are worried,” Wagler said. The National...
    (CNN)Labor shortages could mean North Carolina road crews won't be able to clear roads of snow and ice as fast as usual if a winter storm hits the state this weekend, the governor's office said.The storm is expected to drop a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain across parts of the state Saturday night into Sunday.Three key numbers that explain Americas labor shortageRoad crews across the state are shorthanded, Gov. Roy Cooper's office said."(North Carolina Department of Transportation) crews and contractor resources will work to clear roads as fast as possible, but response times are expected to be slower than previous storms due to labor shortages impacting crews spread around the state," a statement from Cooper's office said.Transportation department workers started spreading brine on roads Thursday, a job expected to finish Friday, Cooper's office said.Read MoreGalberto Castro cleans up the debris from a fallen tree in front of his home along Polo Road on January 3, 2022, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Cooper signed an emergency declaration Thursday evening to release state resources to prepare for the potential storm.A significant...
    Amid calls for police accountability, North Carolina authorities on Friday released body-camera footage related to the death of Jason Walker, who was shot by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy over the weekend. Walker, 37, was shot and killed on Saturday by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Jerrey Hasher after he allegedly jumped on the officer’s car in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Hash, who has been a member of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office since 2005, was off-duty at the time of the shooting, but insisted to police that he responded in self-defense under the state’s stand-your-ground law. The newly released body-camera video does not show the events leading up to the shooting, but does show eyewitnesses give their accounts of the incident to Fayetteville Police officers who arrived at the scene One man told an officer that Walker jumped onto the hood of Hash’s truck—and in response, the off-duty officer got out of his car and shot him. “He came out the yard, and I was trying to get him to come back over here, and I said, ‘Come back Jason.’...
    Civil rights attorney Ben Crump on Thursday called for authorities to release "the truth" about the death of Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in North Carolina last week. Crump spoke during a protest Thursday night in Fayetteville, the city where Walker was killed by Cumberland County deputy Jeffrey Hash on Jan. 8 as the two engaged in an apparent traffic dispute. Crump called the shooting "unacceptable" at the event covered by WRAL after he led the crowd through a chant of "Jason Walker matters." "All we're asking for is the truth," Crump said, questioning why a trained police officer did not defuse the situation. "These are the questions that need to be answered." Hash, who is white, said Walker jumped on his car, tore off a windshield wiper and beat his windshield with it before he fired his weapon, a claim protesters contest. Walker's death sparked protests in Fayetteville, including one on Sunday led by his girlfriend Elizabeth Ricks, who said her boyfriend was shot four times by Hash....
    North Carolina A&T Aggies (8-9, 3-0 Big South) at High Point Panthers (6-9, 0-1 Big South) Amherst, Massachusetts; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: High Point heads into the matchup with N.C. A&T as losers of three games in a row. The Panthers are 5-3 on their home court. High Point is fifth in the Big South with 9.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Zach Austin averaging 2.3. The Aggies are 3-0 in Big South play. N.C. A&T is 2-5 in games decided by 10 or more points. The Panthers and Aggies face off Saturday for the first time in conference play this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin is averaging 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.9 blocks for the Panthers. John-Michael Wright is averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for High Point. Marcus Watson is averaging 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Aggies. Demetric Horton is averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for N.C. A&T. LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 4-6, averaging 66.3 points, 31.6 rebounds, 12 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.4...
    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-8, 1-4 ACC) at North Carolina Tar Heels (11-4, 3-1 ACC) Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: North Carolina plays the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets after Armando Bacot scored 29 points in North Carolina’s 74-58 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers. The Tar Heels have gone 8-0 at home. North Carolina is 10-2 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Yellow Jackets are 1-4 against ACC opponents. Georgia Tech is 3-4 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 13.0 turnovers per game. The teams square off for the 10th time this season in ACC play. The Tar Heels won the last meeting on Dec. 5. RJ Davis scored 23 points points to help lead the Tar Heels to the win. TOP PERFORMERS: Caleb Love averages 2.3 made 3-pointers per game for the Tar Heels, scoring 15.6 points while shooting 44.2% from beyond the arc. Bacot is shooting 62.1% and averaging 11.8 points over the last 10 games for North Carolina. Michael Devoe is averaging 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5...
    (CNN)A North Carolina judge has ruled that police body camera video from the aftermath of a fatal shooting by an off-duty sheriff's deputy on Saturday in Fayetteville can be released to the public.Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Jeffrey Hash, who told authorities he had jumped on his vehicle. Hash's attorney, Parrish Daughtry, told CNN the shooting was self-defense, citing a North Carolina law that includes a stand-your-ground provision.What you need to know about stand your ground lawsJudge James Ammons Jr. ordered the release of the bodycam videos of the three Fayetteville Police Department officers who responded to the scene where Walker was shot. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins had requested permission from the court to release the videos, which she said contained statements from three witnesses. Read More"FPD is seeking public release of the witness statement recordings to advance compelling public interest, release would not create a serious threat to the fair administration of justice," she wrote in the filing.In North Carolina, law enforcement officials must petition the court...
              by Andrew Trunsky   A North Carolina court Tuesday upheld the state’s new congressional and state legislative lines, rejecting claims from Democratic groups that it was an unfair gerrymander giving Republicans in the state a big win. While the case may be appealed, the decision as it stands now could impact the 2022 midterm elections, where Republicans are seeking to reverse Democrats’ narrow House majority. North Carolina is gaining a 14th seat, and the new congressional lines could give Republicans an 11-3 advantage, up from the 8-5 split now. The Democrats’ lawyers argued during last week’s trial that the map chosen was an extreme outlier that Republicans picked solely for political gain. Republicans, however, said that the new lines were drawn legally and that the court was incapable of determining whether it was too partisan to stand. Tuesday’s ruling does not mean that the map will ultimately survive. The case could land before the North Carolina Supreme Court in the coming weeks, where Democrats hold a 4-3 majority, and the court has already delayed the state’s primaries from March until May to give...
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Maye had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lift North Carolina A&T to a 67-59 win over Hampton on Wednesday night. Justin Brooks had 12 points and six rebounds for North Carolina A&T (8-9, 3-0 Big South Conference), which won its fourth consecutive game. Jeremy Robinson added 11 points and Marcus Watson had seven rebounds. Raymond Bethea Jr. scored a career-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds for the Pirates (4-9, 0-2). Marquis Godwin added 10 points and six rebounds. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The investigation into the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty North Carolina sheriff's deputy involves claims of self-defense, the attorney for the law enforcement officer said.  Lt. Jeffrey Hash, who has been placed on leave by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, is accused of fatally shooting Jason Walker on Jan. 8.  During a 911 call, Hash said he shot someone who jumped on his truck, beat on the windshield and ripped off the windshield wiper while he was inside the vehicle with his wife and daughter.  NC SEES PROTESTS AFTER OFF-DUTY DEPUTY SHOOTS BLACK MAN WHO POLICE SAY JUMPED ON MOVING TRUCK  Pandora Harrington holds up a sign with an image of Jason Walker during a demonstration in front of the Fayetteville Police Department on Sunday. (Reuters) Parrish Daughtry, the attorney representing Hash, told Fox News she couldn't discuss specifics of the case but said the investigation being led by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation involves claims of various types of self-defense.  "In North Carolina, we have claims of self-defense, defense of others, defense...
    Clay Aiken, former “American Idol” star, said he is running for Congress a second time because North Carolina representatives “don’t represent me.” “Our state, which has always been this progressive state, is now sort of synonymous with big names like Madison Cawthorn and Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHoyer vows support for contempt against uncooperative lawmakers in Jan. 6 probe Jan. 6 panel fires back at Jordan over refusal to cooperate Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events MORE and it just really upsets me that our state has become represented by these people who don’t represent me,” Aiken said on “The View” Wednesday. Aiken announced the he would run as a Democrat for the open seat in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District on Monday. Rep. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Clay Aiken launches second bid for Congress Ukraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia MORE (D-N.C.), who represents much of the area that's part of the newly redrawn district, said last year that he would not seek reelection in 2022. Aiken's run...
    A North Carolina sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a Black man who jumped onto his moving pickup truck has been placed on administrative leave, authorities said.  The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office placed Lt. Jeffrey Hash on leave pending an investigation into the death of Jason Walker. Walker, 37, was killed just after 2 p.m. Saturday. Hash, who is assigned to the Sheriff's Office Civil Section and has been with the agency since 2005, was off duty and said he was driving when someone jumped on his truck. The deputy, who was in the vehicle with his daughter, said Walker was screaming and beating on the windshield.  He called 911 and then shot Walker, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Hash was taken into police custody afterwards for questioning, authorities said.  ERIC ADAMS' NYPD COMMISSIONER BLASTS MANHATTAN DA'S SOFT-ON-CRIME APPROACH IN MEMO Investigators with the NC SBI have assumed the investigation surrounding the shooting involving Jason Walker, who was shot by an off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy. (Fayetteville Police Department) The 911 call lasted approximately four minutes and...
    Young Army soldiers will be battling 'seasoned freedom fighters' across two dozen North Carolina counties in a two-week 'guerrilla warfare exercise' where they attempt to overthrow an 'illegitimate government'. News of the training exercise comes just days after the anniversary of the Capitol riot and as the Justice Department announces the creation of a new 'domestic terrorism' unit to tackle what officials said is an 'elevated threat from domestic violent extremists'.  Some questioned the close timing of the events, while others went further with fears that the Biden administration is 'preparing for American Uprising'. 'Biden's military wargames fighting and killing American "Freedom Fighters" in guerilla (sic) warfare,' one Twitter user posted in reaction to news of the guerilla warfare training on US soil. Another Twitter user even questioned if the government was 'trying to get troops accustomed to the idea of killing fellow Americans?' However, the guerilla training exercise, known as Robin Sage, has actually been running every few months since the 1970s. Young soldiers will be battling 'seasoned freedom fighters' across North Carolina counties in a two-week 'unconventional guerrilla warfare exercise'...
    (CNN)A state court in North Carolina refused on Tuesday to disturb the state legislative and US congressional redistricting plan drawn after the 2020 census, in a case that is expected to be decided by the North Carolina Supreme Court.In the decision handed down on Tuesday, the trial court panel rejected the arguments made by the challengers, who alleged that the maps were an extreme partisan gerrymander that violated the North Carolina constitution and unlawfully diluted the political power of voters of color.Addressing the partisan gerrymandering claims, the court said it did not have a role to play in policing partisan gerrymanders, as it borrowed from the language of US Supreme Court decision that said that partisan gerrymander challenges could not be brought in the federal judiciary."Were we as a Court to insert ourselves in the manner requested, we would be usurping the political power and prerogatives of an equal branch of government," the panel of North Carolina judges said in its opinion. "Once we embark on that slippery slope, there would be no corner of legislative or executive power that...
    A three-judge panel in North Carolina ruled that the state's new GOP-drawn district map can proceed, finding that it does not violate the state's constitution. According to the Raleigh-based The News & Observer, the panel — comprised of two Republicans and one Democrat — acknowledged that the map would give the Republican Party an advantage in future elections, but ruled that redistricting is inherently political. “Redistricting and the political considerations that are part of that process do not impinge on the right to vote,” wrote the panel. “Nothing about redistricting affects a person’s right to cast a vote.” North Carolina Democrats have accused the map of being heavily gerrymandered. A lawsuit challenging the new political districts delayed candidate filings and party primaries in North Carolina. This lawsuit — filed by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters — was one of several challenging the new map, which would create two new Republican-leaning districts and do away with two Democrat-leaning ones. Last month, the North Carolina Supreme Court delayed primary elections by two months until May due to the ongoing litigation over the map. “While...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel refused Tuesday to throw out redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, rejecting arguments that the lines were illegally politically stacked for the GOP. The unanimous decision by the three trial judges, which followed a quick trial last week, will be appealed by the advocacy groups and voters — some backed by a national Democratic group — who challenged the new congressional and legislative lines in court. The state Supreme Court, which is expected to have the final say on the maps, had ordered the trial judges to rule by Tuesday, apparently to discourage further delays in the 2022 election schedule. The justices had already postponed the scheduled March 8 primary to May 17 and suspended candidate filing while the trial judges heard testimony and received filings. Maps would need to be finalized — whether under the enacted plans or with court-ordered changes — by Feb. 18 to carry out a mid-May primary, according to the State Board of Elections. “At the end of the day, after...
    ABC The "American Idol" logo. An “American Idol” runner-up announced on Monday, January 10 that he will be running for congress in North Carolina. 43-year-old Clay Aiken placed second on the second season of the reality singing competition in 2003. He later transitioned to a career in politics. In 2014, Aiken won the Democratic primary in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. However, he later lost to Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers. Now, Aiken is trying again. This time, he’s aiming to take the seat of retiring Democratic representative for North Carolina’s 4th district, David Price. In the overwhelmingly Democratic district, the winner of the Democratic primary is all but guaranteed to win in the general election. However, Aiken will first have to beat out several challengers in the primary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the other announced candidates include Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam, state Senators Wiley Nickel and Valeri Foushee, and virologist Richard Watkins.Aiken Calls Out Republican Politicians By Name in Announcement Video View this post on Instagram A post shared by Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) In a...
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy had a frantic conversation with a 911 operator after fatally shooting a Black man last weekend in North Carolina, saying the pedestrian did “jump on my vehicle and broke my windshield,” according to an audio recording released Tuesday. Deputy Jeffrey Hash can then be heard becoming more agitated while talking with a person he said was a trauma nurse who responded to the scene and telling the operator that “there’s tons of cars and people gathering around.” Fayetteville police said Monday that a preliminary investigation determined Jason Walker, 37, “ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle” on Saturday. Hash, a Cumberland County deputy, shot Walker and then called 911, police said. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. Protesters staged demonstrations on Sunday and Monday. They are disputing the police department’s account of events. A news release on Monday said Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins and the Cumberland County district attorney asked the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation into the shooting. The FBI office in...
    FIRST ON FOX: The City of Asheville, North Carolina, has altered controversial scholarships as part of a lawsuit designed to challenge provisions directing money toward Black individuals.Fox News Digital previously reported on the scholarships, which were intended for Black educators and students. Tuesday's settlement with the nonprofit Judicial Watch removes racial language and instead contains a preference for first-generation college students. Downtown Asheville, North Carolina (iStock) "Our clients, a group of Asheville residents, including high school students, courageously challenged this blatantly discriminatory and illegal scholarship program in federal court," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement provided to Fox News Digital. WATCHDOG SUES NORTH CAROLINA TOWN OVER SCHOLARSHIP INTENDED FOR BLACK STUDENTS "Thankfully, the City of Asheville did the right thing in quickly ending these indefensible race-based scholarship programs," he added. "This federal lawsuit and the resulting remarkable settlement should serve as a wakeup call to those activists and allied politicians pushing the extremist leftist agenda to segregate and discriminate based on race."  University students sitting in class. (istock) WNC Citizens for Equality Inc., which also...
    Scoring G PAT A FG FGA Pts Avg R.Ali, Marshall 13 0 0 0 150 11.5 B.Hall, Iowa St. 12 0 0 0 138 11.5 T.Allgeier, BYU 13 0 0 0 138 10.6 N.Ruggles, Ohio St. 13 74 20 21 134 10.3 D.Vaughn, Kansas St. 13 0 0 0 132 10.2 B.Narveson, W. Kentucky 14 73 23 29 141 10.1 T.Thomas, Utah 13 0 0 0 126 9.7 J.Dalmas, Boise St. 12 39 26 28 116 9.7 H.Duplessis, UTSA 14 63 24 30 135 9.6 N.Sciba, Wake Forest 14 65 23 25 134 9.6 K.Walker, Michigan St. 12 0 0 0 114 9.5 M.Cunningham, Louisville 13 0 0 0 120 9.2 J.Ford, Cincinnati 13 0 0 0 120 9.2 J.Podlesny, Georgia 15 72 22 27 137 9.1 W.Reichard, Alabama 15 72 22 28 137 9.1 B.Talton, Nevada 13 52 22 30 118 9.1 T.Badie,...
    The abducted 15-year-old North Carolina teenager who police say was last seen with her boyfriend and his mother has been found safe.  Olivia Venters, of Vanceboro, was located on Monday, according to a statement from the Craven County Sheriff’s Office. Further details were not immediately available, but an investigation remains ongoing.  "Venters’ family has been notified and Craven County Deputies are on the way to pick her up to reunite her with her family," the statement added.  Olivia Venters, of Vanceboro, N.C., has been found safe, police say. (Craven County Sheriff's Office) HARMONY MONTGOMERY: UNCLE SAYS HE TRIED TO ALERT AUTHORITIES ABOUT ABUSE FOR YEARS  Investigators earlier said Venters had vanished around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.  "Venters was last seen with her boyfriend Tripp Wynne, age 15 and his mother Rebecca Lynn Caton, age 35," the sheriff’s office said in a statement.   "Rebecca Caton was last seen driving a 2005 Gold Nissan Altima with North Carolina registration TJH9385," it added.    Police say Venters' boyfriend, Tripp Wynne, left, and his mother, Rebecca Caton, were with her at the time she...
    A North Carolina man who climbed nearly 90 feet up an energized electrical tower on Sunday caused power outages in the area during his rescue, authorities said. Officers responded to the 1300 block of Nations Crossing Road in Charlotte after receiving reports of a man who scaled a large high-tension electrical tower and began a four-hour long effort to get the man down, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release. NORTH CAROLINA ABDUCTED TEEN WAS LAST SEEN WITH HER BOYFRIEND, HIS MOM: POLICE "That tower was energized with six lines, each carrying about 115,000 volts," Major Brian Foley told FOX46 Charlotte. "I don’t know what your faith is, but I think God was watching over him today." Widespread outages were reported Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday after authorities requested that power to an energized electrical tower, like the ones pictured above, be rerouted in order to rescue a man who scaled 90 feet up the tower. (iStock) In order to rescue the man safely, police said they contacted Duke Energy to redirect the high-voltage power from the tower,...
    North Carolina State (8-8, 1-4) vs. Louisville (10-5, 4-1) KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: North Carolina State seeks revenge on Louisville after dropping the first matchup in Raleigh. The teams last played each other on Dec. 4, when the Cardinals shot 41.7 percent from the field and went 12 for 15 from the free throw line en route to a 73-68 victory. SAVVY SENIORS: Louisville’s Malik Williams, Noah Locke and Jarrod West have collectively accounted for 38 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 38 percent of all Cardinals points over the last five games. OFFENSIVE THREAT: Dereon Seabron has either made or assisted on 58 percent of all North Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 29 field goals and 13 assists in those games. SHARING THE BURDEN: Louisville is a perfect 5-0 when at least four of its players score 10 or more points. The team is 5-5 when fewer than four Cardinals players score in double-figures. STREAK STATS: Louisville has won its...
    (CNN)State authorities ​in North Carolina are investigating the killing of​ a man Saturday by an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who told authorities the person had jumped on his vehicle. The man killed was identified by the Fayetteville Police Department as Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man.The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy as Jeffrey Hash. CNN has attempted to reach out to Hash but has not received a response. According to a statement Saturday by Fayetteville police, a preliminary investigation showed Walker "ran into traffic and jumped on [the] moving vehicle" that the sheriff's deputy was driving. "The driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and notified 911," police said.Read More In a press conference on Sunday, Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins said that an analysis of the vehicle's so-called "black box" showed that "that vehicle did not impact anything or anyone," and a windshield wiper had been torn off and used to break the windshield in several places. On Saturday evening, a person who said they were "first on scene" posted video that began in the moments after Walker...
    Grassroots education groups in North Carolina have called on the state’s General Assembly to halt funding of a program that teaches tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in preschool special education classrooms. Education First Alliance, No Left Turn in Education, and NC Citizens for Constitutional Rights — North Carolina’s largest education groups — announced Saturday they are demanding an end to the funding of the statewide preschool program that contains training modules titled “Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in the Early Childhood Classroom.” Enough is enough Responding to the most depraved programming for preschoolers that weve ever seen. Learn about DPI & UNCs plans to abuse special needs children with #CRT. Get ready to fight back! Posted by Education First Alliance NC on Thursday, January 6, 2022 The call to halt the funding of the program came within days of the State School Board’s approval of a contract with University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel-Hill’s Frank Porter Graham’s Child Development Center, a press release stated, adding the $7 million in funding was granted from the IDEA Preschool Handicapped Grant awarded to...
    Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken is once again running for Congress, throwing his hat in the ring as a Democrat for North Carolina’s proposed 6th district, which is expected to be heavily left-leaning. Clay Aiken, who is aiming to succeed retiring Rep. David Price (D-NC), announced his bid Monday in a video posted to his social media accounts. In the video, he pledged to promote progressive values, including addressing “systemic racism,” ending “gun violence,” and tackling “climate change.” He also attacked Republican members of Congress, smearing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) as a “white nationalist.” Can you believe its been almost 20 years since I first got to share my voice with you? Thats a long time. A LOT has changed! We need powerful voices more than ever, so Im running for Congress. And my voice is even stronger now! ;-) #JoinTheChorushttps://t.co/aQIm8a2xuZ pic.twitter.com/xBtN2CYF30 — Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) January 10, 2022 Aiken, who is openly gay, played down his celebrity persona and pitched himself as an ordinary citizen. “These days, my life looks a lot more like yours than Justin Bieber’s,” he...
    By Shawna Mizelle | CNN Clay Aiken, widely known for his stint on “American Idol,” announced Monday that he’s launching another bid for Congress in North Carolina. “If the loudest and most hateful voices think they are going to speak for us, just tell them I’m warming up the old vocal chords,” Aiken said in an announcement video posted on Twitter, taking a jab at Republican Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. He cited challenging White supremacy, racism and homophobia as contributing reasons for his campaign launch. Aiken is running as a Democrat to represent the newly drawn 6th district, which includes much of the area that was represented by Democratic Rep. David Price. Price, who was first elected in 1986, announced he would not seek reelection in October. In his announcement, Aiken highlighted issues like income equality, access to health care and climate change while promising to focus on infrastructure and inflation if elected. Related Articles Lori Loughlin mourns Bob Saget, one of her few celebrity supporters amid college admissions scandal...
    Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing a challenge to his re-election campaign. The Associated Press reported that a group of North Carolina voters filed a candidacy challenge on Monday, seeking to bar Cawthorn from appearing on the ballot given his support of the Jan. 6th rioters at the U.S. Capitol. “The voters contend that Cawthorn, who formally filed as a candidate for the 13th District seat last month, can’t run because he fails to comply with an amendment in the U.S. Constitution ratified shortly after the Civil War,” the AP reported. The voters are citing an 1868 amendment that bars candidates “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.” The challenge will likely hinge on the State Board of Elections determining the exact nature of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and Cawthorn’s level of support of that event. Ap notes that the challenge declares that the Jan. 6 riot “‘amounted to an...
    (CNN)Clay Aiken, widely known for his stint on "American Idol," announced Monday that he's launching another bid for Congress in North Carolina."If the loudest and most hateful voices think they are going to speak for us, just tell them I'm warming up the old vocal chords," Aiken said in an announcement video posted on Twitter, taking a jab at Republican Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. He cited challenging White supremacy, racism and homophobia as contributing reasons for his campaign launch.Aiken is running as a Democrat to represent the newly drawn 6th district, which includes much of the area that was represented by Democratic Rep. David Price. Price, who was first elected in 1986, announced he would not seek reelection in October.In his announcement, Aiken highlighted issues like income equality, access to health care and climate change while promising to focus on infrastructure and inflation if elected."I also believe we need more civility in our politics, and North Carolina deserves representatives in Washington who use their positions to make people's lives better, not to advance polarizing positions that embarrass our...
    A water hydrant erupted at a North Carolina resort, dousing skiers on a chairlift on a freezing day. The incident took place at Beech Mountain Ski Resort on Friday after management said a guest skied into the hydrant while snow-making operations were taking place, according to WSOC-TV. The report cited a statement from the resort that said two people were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, not including the person who ran into the hydrant. Video footage posted to social media showed skiers on a chairlift getting hit with water in below-freezing weather conditions, leading to criticism about how the water was not more quickly shut off. One of the skiers, Emma Lopinto, is a college student at Clemson University and was celebrating her 19th birthday with her friend. "We just grabbed each other and ducked our head, and all I remember is the metal bar flying up and then me flying up. I don’t remember anything, and I remember opening my eyes belly first on the ground," she said. FATHER FOUND DEAD...
    Rep. Madison Cawthorn is facing a challenge from a group of 11 voters who argue the North Carolina Republican should be disqualified from running for reelection. Lawyers for the voters, who reside in the 13th Congressional District where Cawthorn is running for a second term, filed a complaint to the North Carolina State Board of Elections arguing the congressman's role in the "insurrection" on Jan. 6, 2021, makes him constitutionally ineligible. MADISON CAWTHORN ANNOUNCES DIVORCE FROM WIFE "We have reasonable suspicion based on publicly available evidence and public reports that Cawthorne, who had already urged his supporters to threaten members of Congress, was involved in the planning of events on Jan. 6," Ron Fein, legal director of Free Speech for People, told the Washington Examiner. Free Speech for People describes itself as a nonpartisan organization that challenges "big money" in politics and fights for fair elections. The complaint cites the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies individuals who broke their oath of office by supporting an insurrection from Congress. Cawthorn, 26, reacted to the challenge on Monday...
    On Monday, authorities identified the off-duty cop who shot and killed Jason Walker, the 37-year-old Black man whose death in Fayetteville, North Carolina, sparked raucous protests in the area a day earlier. According to a news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Jeffrey Hash, who has been with the agency since 2005 and is now on administrative leave, fired the fatal shots. Local police said the incident took place around 2 p.m. on Saturday, and initially claimed that “preliminary investigation” revealed Walker allegedly ran into traffic in the roadway and jumped on Hash’s car. Hash then shot Walker and called 911, police said. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. But the official version of events has quickly come under harsh scrutiny, with a slew of agencies joining a probe of the incident and community activists crying foul—and painting a picture of yet another trigger-happy cop gone rogue. Hash did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story. After the shooting, protests sprouted up in the city, including one on Sunday led by a group...
    Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken announced Monday that he will seek a congressional seat in North Carolina for the second time. “As a loud and proud Democrat, I intend to use my voice to deliver real results for North Carolina families,” Aiken said on his campaign website. Aiken, a Raleigh, North Carolina, native, previously ran for a U.S. House seat in 2014 but was defeated in the general election that year. This time, he will seek to represent the state’s new 6th Congressional District, a district more friendly to Democrats but still subject to changes from court challenges to the Tar Heel State’s maps. TRUMP BLASTS GOP SEN. MIKE ROUNDS FOR SAYING THE 2020 ELECTION WAS DECIDED FAIRLY The district’s current incumbent, Rep. David Price, is among the growing ranks of House Democrats who will retire at the end of his term. Aiken is one of several Democrats looking to replace Price in a crowded primary that also includes state Sens. Valerie Foushee and Wiley Nickel and Durham County Commissioner Nida Allam. Can...
    Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is making a second bid for Congress in his home state of North Carolina.  Aiken will run as a Democrat in the 6th Congressional District after previously making an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014. Currently, the district that Aiken is running in includes Chapel Hill and other Orange County communities, plus Apex, Morrisville, most of Cary and a sliver of Raleigh.  However, Fox8 reports that the situation remains fluid as a 3-judge panel in Wake County Circuit Court will rule Tuesday on three lawsuits that ere filed that seek to challenge how the General Assembly has drawn the maps for 14 Congressional seats and the state Senate.  As a result, Aiken and other hopefuls cannot formally file for their races. However, that didn’t stop the former "American Idol" contestant from launching his campaign intention with a video on social media.  'AMERICAN IDOL' CONTESTANT ASKS FOR DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR BRAIN CANCER TREATMENT, SECOND SURGERY Clay Aiken announced that he's running for office once again. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)...