RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Data released by North Carolina state health officials shows residents are coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine in higher numbers. The numbers published Tuesday show at least 74,000 people got a first dose last week. This is the highest weekly count since mid-May. The rise in vaccinations comes as the more contagious delta variant is being widely spread across the state. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said those who come in for a first dose will soon qualify for $100. Over the past month, hospitalizations due to the virus have nearly quadrupled. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends people wear masks in indoor public settings in all but seven of North Carolina’s 100 counties regardless of their vaccination status.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sitting member of the North Carolina House has died. Republican Rep. Jerry Carter of Rockingham County died early Tuesday at Duke Hospital in Durham at age 66. Carter was senior pastor at Reidsville Baptist, the church he founded more than 30 years ago. Assistant pastor Aaron Shelton says Carter died from complications after surgery to treat a rare gastrointestinal disorder. State leaders praised Carter for his service. He was first elected to the House in 2018, and chaired the Families, Children and Aging Policy Committee. He also served in the Army and as a chaplain with the state highway patrol.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court has ruled that murder and robbery charges against a man convicted of killing his co-worker should have been dismissed because there was insufficient evidence at trial to implicate him. A split three-judge panel on the Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in favor of David Myron Dover, who has been serving a life sentence for the death of Arthur “Buddy” Davis. But two of the judges said circumstantial evidence presented by prosecutors lacked enough substance to show Dover was the perpetrator. They say his convictions should be vacated. The case could be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a North Carolina man has been killed in a motorcycle crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway. News outlets report a statement from the National Park Service says 39-year-old Shawn Emory of Weaverville died on July 31. According to the park service, a preliminary investigation shows Emory was heading south in an uphill curve when he lost control of the motorcycle, which struck the guard rail. Emory was thrown from the motorcycle. Emory’s death was the second on the parkway in less than a week and the sixth in 2021.
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — An organization is mourning the death of a wild horse that was one of the oldest mares in the herd that roams North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that Hazel was believed to be close to 30 years old. She didn’t show signs of trauma or any indication that she didn’t die naturally. But her death came when the National Weather Service said some areas of the Outer Banks saw heat index values near 110 degrees. She assumed the role of “honorary grandmother” to the foals and was often seen babysitting them.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city council that voted more than a year ago to remove two Confederate statues has decided to keep them out of downtown for good. News outlets report the Wilmington City Council made the decision on the two statues Monday. In a July 5 letter to the city, officials say a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy asserted its right of possession over the statues and their pedestals and requests the city hold them in storage until it can make arrangements to take possession of them.
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say a Virginia man drowned at a North Carolina beach on Monday. The Town of Emerald Isle says emergency services were called for a report of a man in the water who needed assistance and he was pulled from the water by firefighters and two lifeguards. News outlets report that 36-year-old Joshua Paul Bishop of Roanoke, Virginia, died at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City about an hour later. Yellow flags were flying along the beach Monday as rip current risks were considered low.
Manufacturers from California and North Dakota have announced plans to locate facilities in separate locations in North Carolina, bringing nearly 500 jobs. California pharmaceutical giant Amgen says it plans to build a manufacturing facility in Holly Springs and create more than 350 jobs after it landed an incentive package from the state and local governments on Tuesday. The N.C. Economic Investment Committee says Steffes, a manufacturer of equipment used in oil exploration and agriculture, is investing almost $21 million into updating a facility in Shelby. The initiative will create 130 new jobs between 2021 and 2025.
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