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N. Carolina governor defends rules for businesses, churches

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is defending details of his eased stay-at-home order against criticisms by Republican elected officials and the latest weekly protests at his home. Cooper’s altered COVID-19 order allows more businesses to open, but barber shops, movie theater and gyms remain closed. He's also keeping narrow the exceptions for churches to hold services indoors. Cooper said on Tuesday that “pandemics cannot be partisan" and talked about how he signed a bipartisan COVID-19 funding bill recently. Hundreds of demonstrators critical of his stay-at-home order rallied again in front of the Executive Mansion on Tuesday.


North Carolina mother leaned on faith to rebuff crowd

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman whose home was targeted by an angry crowd looking for a missing girl said she used her faith and devotion to her son to keep them from storming her home. Monica Shepard said she was in survival mode on the night of May 3 when the all-white crowd came to her home to question her son about the girl. Shepard says she didn't have any fear or anger, but was more fearful for her son. A man who worked in the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is accused of leading the crowd. He is facing charges and has been fired.


Incentives package OK'd for foundry move to rural N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based company could benefit from a state cash incentives proposal if its Charlotte foundry moves to rural Stanly County. Charlotte Pipe and Foundry could receive $15 million in grants from the state by 2030 if it relocates the foundry to Oakboro. A state incentives panel approved the agreement on Tuesday that requires the company to meet investment, job-retention and wage threshholds. The company proposes moving 500 jobs from Charlotte to Stanly County and spending $325 million at the new site. The currrent 55-acre foundry site would be considred prime real estate in uptown Charlotte.


Police: Standoff in eastern North Carolina leaves man dead

CALYPSO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in eastern North Carolina say a man is dead following a standoff with police. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the incident on Saturday began with the report of breaking and entering at a residence in the town of Calypso. The sheriff’s office said deputies soon discovered that an unidentified man had been held against his will inside the home. He was able to escape. The sheriff’s office said the deputies encountered 27-year-old Jonathan Carter of Wilmington. They said he barricaded himself inside and began to threaten law enforcement officials. An hours-long standoff ensued before authorities say he was shot and killed by deputies.


Officials cancel Salem Fair because of COVID-19 outbreak

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city has canceled its annual fair because of COVID-19. The Roanoke Times reports officials in the city of Salem announced Monday that it would cancel the Salem Fair due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The fair was scheduled for July 1-12 at the Taliaferro Complex. It attracts about 300,000 people to the region each year. Officials said the fair had to be canceled because the city could not guarantee the safety of employees and guests at the large event. City Manager Jay Taliaferro said the city will work with Deggeller Attractions to bring the fair back in 2021.


Federal declaration means help to N.C. counties for storms

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A disaster declaration for 18 North Carolina counties damaged by unusual winter thunderstorms and tornadoes means local governments will get help from Washington to pay for the cleanup. President Donald Trump has granted Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a federal disaster declaration stemming from the bad weather in February. The storms caused downed trees flooding, power outages and closed or impassable roads. Preliminary estimates set damages in the counties at $16 million. The declaration means state and local governments and certain nonprofits can receive some federal funds to cover repairs and other expeneses.


Teen accused of killing his grandmother on Mother's Day

RED SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old is accused in the death of his grandmother in her North Carolina home on Mother’s Day. News outlets report Justin Penn fatally shot 77-year-old Mary Penn on Sunday evening. WTVD-TV reports Red Springs police found Mary Penn with a gunshot wound to her upper body when they arrived at the Red Springs home. The Robesonian reports Justin Penn later admitted to police that he shot his grandmother. He has been charged with murder and booked into a detention center.


Salem Academy and College names interim president

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A vice president at a private North Carolina college for women and high school for girls has been named interim president at the school. Salem Academy and College announced on its web page that Susan Henking, current interim vice president for academic and student affairs and dean of the college since last year, will become interim president when president Sandra Doran leaves at the end of the current academic year. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Henking served as the last president of Shimer College, a private liberal arts college that was merged into another private college in Illinois in 2017. She’s also professor emerita of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.