Feb 22, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board has ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after reviewing evidence that it was tainted by absentee ballot fraud.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted 5-0 on Thursday to hold a new election in the 9th Congressional District. The board did not immediately set a schedule.

Following last November’s election, Republican Mark Harris had held a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial results from the district running from Charlotte through several counties to the east.

But the state refused to certify the win because of absentee-ballot irregularities.

Harris said Thursday during the hearing that he thought a new election should be called.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say 13 people died from the flu in the state last week, raising the death toll for the season to 68.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services also reported Thursday that three additional deaths in previous weeks have been attributed to the flu.

So far, 48 of the victims were ages 65 or older. Another 13 were in the 50-to-64 age group and seven were in the 25-to-49 age group.

Officials say the latest report may not reflect the total number of flu deaths in the state because some cases go unreported or undiagnosed.

For the same time period in the previous flu season, officials reported 212 deaths.


SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say an inmate who went missing at the Rutherford Correctional Center has been captured not far from the facility.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a statement that department K-9 staff and members of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office found 22-year-old Jeremy Fincannon about one mile from the facility on Thursday afternoon. Officials had determined he was missing after a routine count at 7:30 a.m.

Officials say the minimum custody inmate originally from Rutherford County was serving a term of five years and six months as a habitual felon after convictions for assault. Fincannon was scheduled for release in September. Now, officials say he will face charges related to this incident and be moved to a higher custody facility.


HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — A portion of the roof at a North Carolina daycare has collapsed, and authorities say recent rain is to blame.

The Hickory Record reports preliminary reports from Fire Inspector Thomas Raper show extra weight from rain caused multiple roof trusses in the center of the building to collapse on Thursday.

Raper says no one was in the building and no injuries were reported. He said Catawba County building inspectors are conducting an investigation into the cause of the collapse. The daycare is closed for now.


Television signal cuts out on North Carolina-Duke telecast

Some viewers watching the North Carolina-Duke men’s basketball game missed much of the second half of the telecast, which a cable system blamed on a technical issue.

WRAL Vice President and General Manager Joel Davis said in an email Thursday the disruption came about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, at which time there were approximately 10 minutes left in the game and North Carolina leading 65-51. The Tar Heels won, 88-72.

Scott Przywansky, spokesman for Spectrum Cable, said Thursday in an email that a hardware issue interrupted programming on several channels Wednesday night in the Raleigh area.

The game was telecast both on the Atlantic Coast Conference network of stations which carried the Raycom Sports production, as well as on ESPN. Some viewers reported losing both signals.


HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Aetna says it plans to expand its space in a North Carolina city and add 300 new jobs by the end of next year.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced the move during an event Thursday in High Point.

Aetna says it plans to expand its 126,000-square-foot space that it currently leases by adding 16,000 more square feet, using the new space for clinical care management and customer service positions.

The company will invest approximately $2.5 million in building upgrades and equipment. Aetna also added 80 full-time-equivalent jobs last year.

Aetna will not receive any local or state economic incentives for the expansion. Company leaders aren’t saying what the new positions will pay.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Billy Graham Library in North Carolina says it has seen a surge in visitors in the year since its namesake’s death.

Citing a blog post on the library’s website, WLOS-TV reports that 214,000 people visited the Charlotte complex in 2018, up from 144,000 in 2017. According to the post , visitors came from 55 countries.

Graham died Feb. 21, 2018, at age 99. He’s credited with transforming American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history.

He’s buried on the grounds of the library, alongside his wife, Ruth, in the prayer garden. The library was dedicated in 2007.

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