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2 GOP Governors Offer to Host Republican Convention

Trump has threatened to pull it from NC

(Newser) - Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention—a day after President Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia Gov.... More »

Trump Threatens to Pull GOP Convention From NC

He demands immediate answer on whether arena can be filled to capacity

(Newser) - President Trump is threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina unless the governor can "immediately" guarantee that delegates will be allowed to fill the arena in Charlotte. Trump complained in a series of tweets Monday that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is still in "shutdown... More »

Cops 'Know' Who Stole $1M in Cars. But Try Arresting Them

North Carolina authorities are eyeing a group of 19 juveniles in car thefts

(Newser) - North Carolina detectives say they know who's behind car thefts worth over $1 million—but arresting them is another thing, the Charlotte Observer reports. Police are eyeing 19 young people in the thefts of 46 cars from dealerships in and around Winston-Salem starting in March, but the kids, aged... More »

Leader of Movement to Reopen NC Gets the Virus

She said she's concerned about the quarantine measures being taken for those with COVID

(Newser) - A leader of a movement protesting North Carolina's stay-at-home order has contracted the coronavirus. Reopen NC has been opposing the measures Gov. Roy Cooper is taking to slow the spread of the virus, and has held two protests in downtown Raleigh. In a recent message to the movement's... More »

NASCAR Plans to Roar Back Without Fans

States compete to host the first race after return

(Newser) - The race is on among states willing to host the first NASCAR race without fans. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that NASCAR was working with Texas Motor Speedway on a plan to race there. "To prevent spread of #COVID19, it will be without fans," Abbott said. "... More »

GOP Still 'Fully Committed' to Convention

Alternatives have not been discussed, RNC says

(Newser) - Major summer events including the Olympics have been canceled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic—but it's full steam ahead for the Republican National Convention, according to organizers. The North Carolina Republican Party says they are still planning to hold their statewide convention in May and the Republican National... More »

Teen's 911 Call Amid Shooting: 'Oh, My God. Blood Everywhere'

Sheriff: NC man Larry Don Ray shot and killed 6 family members, then himself

(Newser) - A frantic 911 call from a trapped teen led cops in North Carolina to a gruesome scene with seven members of a family dead—and it appears one shot and killed the other six before fatally shooting himself. WNCN reports that deputies responded to a "shots fired" call around... More »

Hand Sanitizer, All Gone? These People Give It Away

Distilleries are pitching in during the coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - Trying to buy hand sanitizer? Then you know it's increasingly unavailable or overpriced. That's why distilleries across America are stepping up and cranking out their own product during the coronavirus pandemic, CBS News reports. Whether it's the Old Fourth Distillery in Atlanta, the Durham Distillery in North... More »

'Puppies' on Guy's Lawn Are Really Not Puppies

North Carolina man finds mystery box, calls deputies

(Newser) - Finding a box of puppies on your lawn, OK. But learning they're really bear cubs? That's what a North Carolina man experienced last month after seeing the box and calling deputies to his Camden County home. "It's not uncommon to find black bears in the county,... More »

Son No Longer Charged With Dad's Dog-Leash Death

Murder charge against Alexander Bishop has been dropped

(Newser) - A North Carolina prosecutor dropped the murder charge Thursday against a teenager who was accused of his father's mysterious strangulation death, the AP reports. The Durham County District Attorney's Office filed a court document dismissing the charge against Alexander Bishop in his father's death in April 2018.... More »

Shelter: We Have the 'World's Worst Cat'

Her name is Perdita, and 'she's just a jerk'

(Newser) - The “world's worst cat” is available for adoption—just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina, the AP reports. The shelter about 55 miles northeast of Asheville is waiving adoption fees in the hope that someone will take the cat named Perdita off their hands.... More »

In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub... More »

In the Middle of the Pack, a Green Puppy Emerges

North Carolina owner 'started freaking out'

(Newser) - A white German shepherd's delivery of eight puppies went about as expected last week, except for the fourth one. That puppy showed up bright green, USA Today reports. "I started freaking out," said Shana Stamey, who owns Gypsy, the German shepherd. "But everybody was healthy."... More »

This Chick-fil-A Worker Has Gone Viral. You'll See Why

Jeremiah Murrill brightens everyone's day with a smile, a fist bump, and a positive attitude

(Newser) - Jeremiah Murrill doesn't do anything outrageous when he takes customers' meal orders on the Chick-fil-A drive-thru line—but with what KPRC describes as his "infectiously upbeat customer service and bright attitude," the 20-year-old North Carolinian has attracted nationwide attention. Per CNN , Murrill is beloved by regulars who... More »

In Small NC Town, No More NYE Possum Drop

Town of Andrews finally gives up controversial practice after years of backlash

(Newser) - A longtime New Year's Eve tradition in North Carolina appears to have finally come to a close. The Wall Street Journal reports that, after years of protests by animal rights activists, the town of Andrews won't carry out its holiday "Possum Drop," in which a live... More »

Family Feud-Style Proposal Goes Viral

Joshua Powell made it special for girlfriend Kiana Myrick

(Newser) - "We surveyed 100 women. Name a day a woman always dreams of." So begins one of the more touching and memorable marriage proposals caught on video—one clearly inspired by Family Feud, WNCN reports. During a family Christmas party, Joshua Powell of North Carolina takes a deep breath... More »

Student Who Gave His Life 'Becomes' a Jedi

Riley Howell prevented more deaths in school shooting

(Newser) - A North Carolina college student hailed by police as a hero for preventing more injuries and deaths after a gunman opened fire in a classroom has now been immortalized as a Jedi by the production company for the Star Wars franchise, the AP reports. News outlets report the family of... More »

Drop by Drop, Prosecutor Says, Man Killed His Wife

Husband collected $250K from insurance policies

(Newser) - "They said she had a heart attack," a neighbor in the Charlotte area said. Stacy Hunsucker did have heart problems; she had a pacemaker. But a North Carolina prosecutor says that's not why she died last year. Blood that remained after an organ donation provided a clue,... More »

Deputy Fired After Slamming Boy, 11, to the Ground

Authorities say there is 'no justification' for resource officer's behavior

(Newser) - A North Carolina school resource officer caught on video slamming an 11-year-old student to the ground twice has lost his job and might lose his freedom. The Vance County Sheriff's Office tells CBS that the deputy has been fired and the incident last week is now being looked at... More »

Wells Fargo: Ex-Worker Took $88K From Vault

Suspect Arlando M. Henderson allegedly posted on social media about his newfound riches

(Newser) - Federal authorities are accusing a former Wells Fargo employee of stealing more than $88,000 in cash from the vault of a bank in North Carolina, the AP reports. An indictment unsealed this week alleges 29-year-old Arlando M. Henderson took the cash from customer deposits on at least 18 occasions... More »

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