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Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. EDT

Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. EDT
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 3:23 AM EDT
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina to test all nursing home residents, workers

Raleigh, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has announced plans to test all nursing home workers and residents for the coronavirus over the next two months. Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen says the partnership with CVS Omnicare will provide one-time COVID-19 tests to about 36,000 residents and 25,000 staff in more than 400 nursing homes across the state. A cost estimate was not immediately provided on Tuesday. Nearly half of all COVID-related deaths in North Carolina to date have come from nursing homes. There has also been 123 coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes thus far into the global pandemic, and those over the age of 75 are most vulnerable.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

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

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party has canceled its annual in-person convention after the state health director recommended against holding it due to the COVID-19 transmission threat. 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. President Donald Trump announced four weeks ago that most of the national convention would be moved out of Charlotte after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn't agree that the president could have a full arena for his nomination acceptance speech.

UNC-PUBLIC RECORDS SETTLEMENT

UNC fined $1.5M for inadequate campus crime reporting

Raleigh, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has reached a $1.5 million settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Education over its failure to fully report information about crimes that occurred on campus. The department will monitor UNC for three years to make sure it offers more transparency when in its public records. Under the deal, which was announced Tuesday, the university must create a committee to comply with the Clery Act. A report last year found a “persistent failure” for the school to gather and share accurate and complete crime statistics.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-HOTEL POOL

Worker calls police on Black woman staying at hotel

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) — A worker at a North Carolina hotel has been fired after she called police on a Black woman and her child who were guests there and swimming in the pool. The Charlotte Observer reports the woman was using the pool at the Hampton Inn in Williamston when an employee approached her asking for proof that they were guests. A Hampton by Hilton official said the chain has zero tolerance for racism and discrimination of any kind. An Instagram post also said the worker who called the police was “no longer employed” and that the company apologized directly to the guest and her family.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-PUBLIC RECORDS

N.C. legislator: Public records provision will be addressed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top North Carolina legislator says lawmakers will soon will take another look at a bill that keeps certain police investigative records secret when forwarded to the state medical examiner. House Majority Leader John Bell cited on Tuesday a health measure currently on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk. The measure sought by Cooper's administration contains a provision that says certain death investigation records deemed confidential remain that way when handed to the medical examiner. Public records and prisoner advocates say the language makes probes into police or prison custody deaths less transparent. Protesters outside the Executive Mansion on Tuesday urged Cooper to veto the bill.

AUDIT-VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL

N.C. state audit: Virtual Public School courses need work

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state audit says some classes offered through North Carolina’s online public school portal aren’t meeting required content and design standards. Tuesday's performance audit from State Auditor Beth Wood examined courses offered by the North Carolina Virtual Public School, used by tens of thousands of middle and high school students annually. Auditors determined that eight of the 12 virtual school courses it evaluated didn’t meet required curriculum content. The auditors also are concerned about course rigor. The state Department of Public Instruction disagreed with the audit’s top findings and says the analysis omitted the importance of teacher quality.

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Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War. Mississippi’s Republican governor on Tuesday signed legislation to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Other states took action previously. NASCAR, meanwhile, has banned the rebel banner from its car races. The flag with the familiar X design is still visible along Southern highways and in some stores. It's far from being banished in the region. But even flag supporters are surprised by the speed with which change is taking place amid a national debate over racial inequality.

AP-NC-COURTS-EMERGENCY DIRECTIVES

Chief justice extends several emergency orders for NC courts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chief justice of North Carolina’s Supreme Court is extending various emergency directives in the state’s courts in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley said in a statement Monday that the directives would continue to allow increased use of remote technology and limit foot traffic in courthouses. The directives include restricting entry into courthouses for anyone who was likely exposed to the coronavirus. Only people with business in courthouses will be allowed inside. Other directives include increased use of teleconferencing for remote court hearings and allowing certain documents to be served by email.

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