RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The recount in North Carolina’s state Supreme Court chief justice race between Republican Paul Newby and Democrat Cheri Beasley will continue into next week. The State Board of Elections says three large counties in the state do not expect to complete their recounting of ballots as expected on Wednesday and will have to continue the process on Monday. The board will announce final results once counties have completed their recounts. Newby and Beasley have lodged election protests that the State Board is expected to consider on a future date. With the vast majority of counties having completed their recounts, Newby leads by 433 votes. Nearly 5.4 million people cast ballots in the race.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrats in North Carolina’s state Senate have returned four lawmakers to leadership positions for the upcoming session after the GOP defended its majorities in both chambers of the legislature. The Democratic Caucus announced in a news release Tuesday that it had held a virtual meeting to elect its leadership. Sen. Dan Blue of Wake County was elected to a fourth term as Senate Democratic leader. Sen. Jay Chaudhuri of Wake County was elected to a second term as Senate Democratic Caucus Whip. Sen. Ben Clark was elected to a third term as Senate Democratic Caucus Secretary and Sen. Valerie Foushee was appointed to a third term as Senate Democratic Caucus chair.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Clorox Company is going to create 158 new jobs in Durham, North Carolina, in its vitamins and supplements division. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced Tuesday that the company will invest $7.5 million to bring the division’s headquarters to Durham and expand existing operations in the city. The supplements business makes brands of vitamins including RenewLife and Rainbow Light. Clorox’s Burt’s Bees division already employs 500 at its Durham headquarters and a manufacturing plant in Morrisville.


ROSE HILL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office says one person is dead after an early morning shooting at a poultry processing plant. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets that the shooting occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the House of Raeford chicken processing plant in Rose Hill. The sheriff’s office says it has identified both the suspect and the victim, but their identities haven’t yet been released. House of Raeford is headquartered in Rose Hill and also has plants in South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana.


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Police have filed multiple charges against a man in connection with a fatal crash on an interstate in North Carolina that investigators believe stemmed from a case of road rage. Greensboro police said in a news release on Wednesday that 27-year-old Ryan Casey Donlon of Greensboro was charged with careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle. Police said 21-year-old Mickey Jason Ruiz-Vivar was driving his Chevrolet Corvette on Interstate 85 east of Greensboro on Saturday when he lost control, crashed into the guard rail and hit a second car. Ruiz-Vivar, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from his car and hit by a tractor-trailer.

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