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Former detention officers, nurse charged in suspect's death

Jul. 8, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Five former detention officers and a nurse at a North Carolina jail have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man died last December, a district attorney said Wednesday. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill announced the charges at a news conference,...

Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County applauds visitors in the gallery after the House failed to override three bills vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.  (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Several veto override attempts at N.C. legislature fail

Jul. 8, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short Wednesday in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact. Four...

The Arizona Diamondbacks play an intrasquad baseball game Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Latest: D-Backs' Guerra returns after negative test

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks in Houston. Houston officials have canceled the Texas GOP's in-person convention. They say the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled. Mayor Turner said Wednesday, July 8, 2020, that the city's lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas Republican Party signed to rent the downtown convention center for a three-day event to have started July 16. Virus cases have surged in Texas, particularly in the state's largest cities. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)

Houston scraps Texas GOP’s in-person convention due to virus

Jul. 8, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials on Wednesday canceled the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention, saying the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled. Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city’s lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas...

Farmer-Butterfield leaving N.C. House for appeals board

Jul. 8, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday a veteran legislator to a state panel considered the last arbiter of unemployment benefit appeals, thus creating a vacancy in the General Assembly. The state House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve Gov. Roy Cooper's nomination of...

Judge won't delay order that lets N.C. bowling alleys reopen

Jul. 8, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge refused on Wednesday to delay enforcement of his ruling allowing dozen of bowling alleys to reopen in contradiction to Gov. Roy Cooper's executive order keeping them shut to discourage COVID-19's spread. Judge James Gale denied the request from attorneys for the...

Audit: N.C. DOT didn't follow law, overspent on pay raises

Jul. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation misinterpreted a 2018 state law on employee salaries, leading to $39 million in overspending for worker raises, auditors said Wednesday. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office reviewed DOT's use of a pilot program approved by the...

Lawsuit in tribal battle over North Carolina casino project

Jul. 8, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A yearslong bid by the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino and resort in North Carolina could stall once again following a lawsuit by North Carolina-based Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the latest development in a casino turf war between the two tribes. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2018, file photo, Denny Hamlin (11), Chase Elliott (9) and Erik Jones (20) come around Turn 1 during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. NASCAR will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR'S August schedule revisions announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020, cover six Cup races at three tracks.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

NASCAR moving Watkins Glen race to Daytona road course

Jul. 8, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona's road course,...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 8, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ July 7 The Fayetteville Observer on how the musical ‘Hamilton’ can be used in education: In the wake of nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, some protesters have taken to toppling statues of figures from history...