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  Business owner charged for violating governor’s mask order in Lincolnton, N.C.

Army quarantines 90 soldiers with coronavirus at Fort Bragg

Two adults, child killed in Columbus Co. crash; responding fire truck runs over woman

  New standards in history coming to North Carolina classrooms

  All nursing home residents, staff to be tested for COVID-19 in North Carolina

  WBTV Investigates: COVID in the Carolinas

North Carolina GOP won’t hold in-person annual convention

The convention was originally set for May in Greenville, but GOP officials delayed the event until July. Now they’ll hold a virtual-only convention to choose delegates to the Republican National Convention and complete other business.

Officials seize nearly $50,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Officials have seized nearly $50,000 tied to a coronavirus unemployment scheme in North Carolina.

People filing for unemployment wonder why so many claims

Park rangers: Man drowns after trying to save young relative in N.C.

UNCW announces that controversial professor Mike Adams to retire on Aug. 1

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest addresses plans to sue Gov. Cooper’s administration

Police: Missing teen is located and safe

Coast Guard combed thousands of miles for man who went overboard off the Outer Banks

Legal expert weighs in on firing of WPD officers

The firing of three Wilmington police officers for racist remarks allegedly caught on camera left many people with questions about why freedom of speech did not protect them and/or whether they could face criminal charges.

The Saharan Air Layer leads to poor air quality for the Carolinas this weekend

This event typically peaks during the summer months, and mainly impacts areas closer to the equator, yet this time the Carolinas are being impacted.

  Armed activists gather in support of Morganton Confederate statue

There are also some counter-protesters, a group of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Nearly 30 new COVID-19 cases reported at Caldwell County assisted living facility

With 29 more cases reported at Brockford Inn Assisted Living, the facility’s virus outbreak has climbed to 41.

  North Carolina requires face masks in public amid coronavirus pandemic

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced that residents are now required to wear face masks in public and the state’s Phase 2 will “pause” and continue for three more weeks as coronavirus cases continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Many Charlotte businesses favor new mask mandate but some wary about enforcing it

Face coverings will be required for everyone when they are out in public effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

  Catawba County law enforcement won’t be enforcing mask mandate, it’s not in the governor’s order

Under the governor’s order, businesses can ask a customer to leave if they won’t wear a mask.

  COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread in the Latinx Community in Charlotte and statewide

The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting the Latinx community in North Carolina.

Magistrate mentioned in racist rants by fired WPD officers hopes they ‘awaken to a more enlightened mindset’

Magistrate Maurice Daniel Sr. issued the statement three days after Officer James Gilmore, Cpl. Jesse Moore II, and Officer Kevin Piner were terminated by the Wilmington Police Department.

Microsoft to permanently close all physical stores

The closure presumably includes two North Carolina locations - one at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte and one in The Streets at Southpoint in Durham.

NC child dies at hospital after being shot in head; 26-year-old man charged

A child has died at an Upstate hospital after being shot in the head, according to Forest City Police.

Coast Guard searching for missing tanker ship crewmember

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a crewmember of a tanker ship approximately 400 miles east off Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.

Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasons

He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades.

Nearly 90 cases handled by fired WPD officers dismissed or under review

The New Hanover County District Attorney is in the process of either dismissing or reviewing around 89 pending cases connected to three officers terminated this week from the Wilmington Police Department.

NC Bar and Tavern Association calls governor’s Phase 2 extension ‘death warrant’ for local bars

Many North Carolina bars have been closed more than 100 days because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many owners believe their businesses should have been included in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening. Now that phase is extended, and bars will be closed at least three more weeks.

Lt. Governor Dan Forest plans to sue Governor Cooper’s administration

A press release from Forest’s office says that he will be suing the administration for “violating the Emergency Management Act.”

North Carolina speedway owner offers ‘Bubba Rope’ for sale

Mike Fulp, the owner of the half-mile 311 Speedway in Stokes County, advertised the rope in a pitch Wednesday on Facebook Marketplace that read: “Buy your Bubba Rope today for only $9.99 each, they come with a lifetime warranty and work great.‘'

  Several local departments join growing list of sheriffs who won’t enforce N.C. mask mandate

Multiple North Carolina sheriffs say they won’t be enforcing a mask mandate that was announced by Gov. Roy Cooper Wednesday afternoon.

Garth Brooks drive-in theater concert to be shown in Albemarle, Kings Mountain

The live show will be played at drive-in movie theaters throughout the country.

  Wilmington Police Dept. terminates 3 veteran officers for ‘hate-filled speech’ caught on patrol car video

After an internal investigation, the Wilmington Police Department has fired three veteran officers for “hate-filled speech” that was caught on a patrol car camera.

Two Confederate statues removed from downtown Wilmington

The statue honoring George Davis and the memorial to the soldiers of the Confederacy were taken down by city workers early Thursday morning.

Amusement parks, July 4 events latest N.C. reopen bills OK’d

The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized yet another Republican attempt to let more businesses reopen despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 restrictions on commerce.

  Gov. Cooper: N.C. to ‘pause’ in Phase 2 for three more weeks

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that the state would “pause” in the “safer at home” Phase 2 of reopening for another three weeks.

  Duke University scholars weigh in on challenges of validating, manufacturing a vaccine quickly

Scholars with Duke University and Duke-NUS weighed in on the challenges of validating, manufacturing, and distributing a vaccine for widespread use quickly.

N.C. gyms, bars stay closed as governor’s COVID-19 veto stays in place

The North Carolina General Assembly has failed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a measure that would have allowed gyms and bars to open again despite his executive order keeping them closed due to COVID-19.

Trump’s pick defeated in North Carolina GOP House primary

A 24-year-old candidate has won the Republican nomination for a western North Carolina congressional primary, beating President Donald Trump’s choice for the seat recently held by his chief of staff.

City of Wilmington defers curfew discussion for areas surrounding Confederate monuments

The City of Wilmington has announced a curfew, effective immediately, for the areas surrounding two Confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington.

  With Phase 2 to set to expire, N.C. businesses excluded from reopening hope to get greenlight

Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order of Phase 2 reopening is set to expire Friday, June 26. Many businesses not allowed to reopen under Phase 2 are hoping Governor Cooper allows them to reopen in the next phase.

Man donates blood for the 300th time

On Tuesday, Robert Ashmore stopped by the Wilmington Blood Donation Center to donate blood for the 300th time.

Deputies searching for missing Pamlico County woman

Rayna Novash was reported missing on Sunday.

Carolina Panthers, Lenovo team up to donate Chromebooks to Columbus County Schools

The Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee and Lenovo announced they have partnered with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to help schools in need.

North Carolina reports nearly 37,000 have recovered from COVID-19

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 53,605 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus with 1,223 deaths.

At least 60 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Albemarle Correctional Institution

The results come from a mass testing effort. The number of positive cases at the facility makes it one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the North Carolina prison system.

Fish for free in North Carolina’s public waters on Independence Day

Anyone in North Carolina can fish without having to purchase a license on July 4 from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.

NC announces new platform to help counties respond, recover from COVID-19

NCCARE360 is now available in all 100 counties.

WPD: Woman accused of firing gun into vehicle containing four children

A woman is accused of firing a gun into a car carrying four children, according to Wilmington police.

Publix recalls some of its salad products in several states

One of the South’s largest grocery store chains is announcing a recall of some salads sold in its stores. Publix announced that Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Fresh Express 11.5-ounce Southwest Chopped Kit.

Whiteville’s Veterans Memorial Park of America hopes to receive 1,000 veteran photos by Independence Day

Work continues on Columbus County’s Veteran’s Memorial Park of America.

Gov. Cooper orders Confederate monuments moved from state grounds ‘to protect public safety'

The move comes one day after protesters pulled down parts of a Confederate monument and hanged one of the statues from a light post.

Actress, activist offers to raise funds for new statues in Wilmington if Confederate statues are removed

Actress Sophia Bush encouraged her social media supporters this week to sign a petition calling for the removal of Confederate monuments from Wilmington.

  Protesters pull down part of Confederate monument in Raleigh

Demonstrators used a strap to pull down two statues that are part of a larger monument near the state capitol in downtown Raleigh.

Protesters sue CMPD over 4th Street violence; judge restricts force at Juneteenth march

Protesters sued the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Friday over the tactics its officers used June 2 when hundreds of marchers were trapped on 4th Street, then pelted with tear gas, pepper balls and other chemical munitions.

Gov. Roy Cooper signs bill allowing N.C. teen drivers to get ‘limited’ license without road test

Governor Roy Cooper has signed a bill that will allow teen drivers in North Carolina to get a limited drivers license without a road test during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes updated bill that would have reopened N.C. gyms, bars

Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed another bill that the North Carolina legislature passed to overturn parts of the governor’s executive order that keep certain businesses closed to discourage COVID-19′s spread.

17-year-old who was reported missing has returned home safely

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office say a teen who was reported missing has returned home safely.

Missing New Hanover County teen returns home safely

According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, 14-year-old Hannah Lucas was reported missing after she was last seen Thursday evening in the El Ogden Drive area.

Bill to reopen N.C. bowling alleys, rinks head to Cooper

The General Assembly finalized a measure to let bowling alleys and ice and roller rinks to reopen at a reduced capacity.

78-year-old missing man found in Caldwell County creek

Billy Joe Lipford was reported missing after he was last seen at his home in Lenoir around 4 p.m. Thursday.

  North Carolina Attorney General comments on Supreme Court’s DACA ruling

Shortly after a Supreme Court ruling to keep the DACA program in place in the United States, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein spoke about the decision.

North Carolina A&T cancels ‘Greatest Homecoming on Earth’ celebrations for first time ever

For the first time ever, North Carolina A&T is canceling its “Greatest Homecoming on Earth’ celebrations due to the coronavirus. The celebrations typical draw thousands of people every year.

  ‘We have to take the politics out of it': Gov. Cooper strongly urges face coverings to slow COVID-19 spread

North Carolina leaders say the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a face covering. Discussion of requiring a mask for state residents in public settings is happening among local officials.

Marine stabbed last weekend at Camp Lejeune has died

A Marine who was stabbed early Saturday morning at Camp Lejeune has died.

All inmates to be tested for COVID-19 at state prisons in North Carolina

The announcement of this testing comes after a court order that all inmates be tested. It was announced last week and officially signed Wednesday.

Silver Alert canceled for missing Statesville woman

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Statesville woman.

New Bern police looking for missing woman

Officers are looking for 30-year-old Elizabeth Spencer. Police say her family last saw her around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Deviations below minimum sentences get OK by N.C. lawmakers

The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized legislation allowing judges to sentence non-violent drug traffickers below mandatory minimum sentence lengths and fines in some situations.

  Woman says she was billed thousands for a drug that should have been free

Gina Bond has multiple sclerosis. She gets special medicine a few times a year and, usually, it’s supposed to be free. But then she started getting a bill for thousands of dollars – with nobody willing to tell her why.

Bill helping more clear crime records heads to N.C. governor

The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized bipartisan legislation that will allow more people to get their criminal records cleared of lower-level criminal convictions and dismissed charges.