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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday September 19, 2019 -- and it'll be another beautiful day with highs in the 70s. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Moore County will allow remote building inspections beginning in October. SandHillsSentinel-dot-com reports that the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board has approved a list of live inspections, using a smartphone or similar handheld device, which allows a permit holder to demonstrate code compliance, without a trip for the inspector. The live reports are voluntary and the permit holder must follow specific directions from the inspector. Aberdeen Walmart wants to buy your old car seat. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that since this is National Baby Safety Month, customers can take their outgrown car seats to the store until September 30, and receive a 30-dollar Walmart gift card. Any car seat brand is accepted, but there's a two-car seat limit per household and booster seats aren't part of the program. Two men have been arrested in Sanford after a shooting Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a Lee County Library. WRAL reports that 21-year-old Matthew Dillon Smith of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and 30-year-old Decarus Ortego McLean of Sanford face charges in the case... Police responded after a man reported that a suspect driving a blue Chevy Malibu with South Carolina tags shot at him in the parking lot. (AP) — A Republican framework for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina is advancing again with bipartisan support in the state House, but it's unclear whether the concept will change feelings in the GOP-controlled Senate. The House Health Committee voted on Wednesday for an expansion measure similar to the bill the panel heard and approved in July but then was idled during the state budget impasse. (AP) — A man accused in the fatal shootings at UNC Charlotte in April is scheduled to make a court appearance. Trystan Andrew Terrell will appear for an arraignment this afternoon. Terrell is charged with murder and other counts in connection with the shootings in a classroom, killing two students and wounding four others. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are taking more time away from Raleigh during a General Assembly session extended because of a state budget stalemate and redistricting directive from the courts. House and Senate Republican leaders told colleagues this week there won't be any recorded votes until at least September 30. (AP) — An advisory board says the University of North Carolina hospital's pediatric cardiology program can resume performing complex heart surgeries following months in review after it was reported patient deaths were increasing during procedures there. The board noted ongoing improvements in the unit. A New York Times investigation previously noted high death rates and revealed the unit's chief had said it was "in crisis."
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday September 13, 2019 -- Friday the 13th! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A Fayetteville homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar Wednesday night...WRAL reports that at about 8:30, deputies responded to a reported burglary – the homeowner, 46-year-old Tony Lisbon said two masked individuals broke into his house and shot him, but he was able to return fire. 23-year-old Henry Miller was found dead inside the home, and the second intruder is believed to have fled after the shooting... … and, WRAL reports, last night, less than 24 hours later, another home invasion left one man dead and another at large... this one also resulted in a homeowner shooting one of the intruders... The Pinehurst Planning Board and Town Council, in a combined meeting this week, got a first look at the 2019 long-range comprehensive plan for the future. As SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports, the aim is to retain the small-town, rural feel of the village, with seven guiding principles – among them: To maintain character and authenticity, balance conservation and growth, transportation, mobility and parking, supporting infrastructure and facilities, and All Things Green – parks, open spaces and natural resources. (AP) — In Fayetteville, a man died in the back of a police car after being detained. Police responded to a man going door-to-door acting strangely Thursday morning. Officers say the man began beating on the hood of a squad car when they arrived. Officers reportedly took him to the ground and handcuffed him but later noticed he wasn't breathing. The sheriff's office says the man died in the car. An investigation has begun. (AP) — The North Carolina chief justice who led the way for the state's unique innocence process has died at the age of 85. His son-in-law, Tom Neal, said I. Beverly Lake Jr. died Thursday at the retirement center where he lived. (AP) — Wake County District attorney Lorrin Freeman has announced that an officer accused of shooting and killing a suspect said to be wielding a knife won't face criminal charges. An investigation concluded that Raleigh officer W.B. Edwards feared for his life when Soheil Antonio Mojarrad ignored commands to drop a knife and approached Edwards. Mojarrad was shot eight times. Family members say Mojarrad was mentally ill. Remember Eno the Emu? He was missing for months in Orange County, but was found in a remote location... and continued to evade capture. WNCN-TV reports that Eno has come to a devastating end: Orange County officials say during an attempted capture on Thursday, the flightless bird died while being restrained. They'd been trying to relocate Eno to an animal shelter. Animal Services Director Bob Marotto says they'd consulted with zoo experts to develop a plan, but it didn't work. Marotto said, “We had hoped for a better outcome.”
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday September 12, 2019 -- and we can expect temperatures in the 90s once again today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: (AP) — House Republican leaders in Raleigh say they never made any announcement or decision that would have prevented the chamber from voting to override Governor Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget bill. Speaker Tim Moore and one of his top lieutenants held a news conference hours after their chamber held an unexpected and successful override vote on Wednesday. Democrats, including Cooper, were outraged by the vote, which, they say, took them by surprise. (AP) — A Republican version of a proposal to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional working adults in North Carolina will get another look in the state House. Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday he anticipates more action on the Medicaid measure next week, following the override vote of the state budget bill. Two women were charged with assaulting a child at a day care center in Knightdale last month. WRAL reports Alexis Rose Mahan of Zebulon and Kara Ann DeSerio of Knightdale were arrested this week, after being accused of grabbing a 3-year-old boy and threatening to hit him. The boy was not hurt, and the women have denied any wrongdoing. They are no longer employed at the daycare center. A crowd of about 200 people attended a ceremony at Fort Bragg held in honor of the soldiers and first-responders who have died as a result of the war in Afghanistan which began after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. WRAL reports that among them was a 92-year-old veteran who served in the Korean War. Speakers recognized the sacrifices made by those who ran into burning buildings in New York and at the Pentagon to save others. (AP) — President Trump is taking credit for the narrow victory by Republican Dan Bishop in a special election for an open House seat in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. Trump tweeted, "Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago. He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race." Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready on Tuesday. A case of rabies in a raccoon in Hope Mills will result in euthanizing six dogs. WRAL reports that Animal Control officers in Cumberland County responded to an attack involving the dogs and the raccoon on Monday in Parkton. The raccoon tested positive for rabies and the dogs are quarantined at the Animal Shelter. The owner, who said the dogs have never been vaccinated against rabies, surrendered all six dogs to be euthanized. Donations to North Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund following Hurricane Florence have helped thousands of North Carolina families with housing, repairs and other needs in the past year. In total, the Disaster Relief Fund has raised 5.9 million dollars from thousands of donors after Florence struck a year ago. Individuals, schools, corporations, small businesses, foundations, and philanthropists make up the majority of the donors.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday September 11, 2019 -- we all remember where we were and who we were with on this day 18 years ago. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: (AP) —Republican Dan Bishop has won the special election for an open House seat in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, averting Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades. The race drew national attention. And in in the 3rd District, Republican State Representative Greg Murphy of Pitt County, won over former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas and two minor party candidates. That seat was left vacant by the death of Congressman Walter Jones in December. At this week's meeting of the Moore County School Board, recently appointed school administrators were introduced. Principals, interim principals and assistant principals begin service at Aberdeen Primary School, Crains Creek Middle School, Elise Middle School, Highfalls Elementary, New Century Middle School, Pinecrest High School, Robbins Elementary, Southern Pines Elementary, Southern Middle School, and West Pine Elementary. A full list of new administrators can be found at SandhillsSentinel-dot-com. 35-year-old Narbel Garcia Sanchez and 46-year-old Jamie Rojas Mendoza, both of Sanford, and 26-year-old Braelee Santana of Buford, Georgia were arrested Saturday, and, WRAL reports, Lee County narcotics officers found 2-and-a-half pounds of cocaine. Sanchez and Mendoza face cocaine trafficking charges... Santana faces an additional charge... Investigators estimate the value of the cocaine at 200-thousand dollars. In Robeson County, the bodies of three people were found submerged in a car Tuesday afternoon... the Sheriff's Department says it was the result of a traffic accident. The vehicle was found in Maxton Pond in Maxton. WRAL reports that the North Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the investigation. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators are advancing chunks of a spending plan vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper that they believe can win bipartisan support. The legislature's appropriations committees approved on Tuesday more so-called pieces of "mini-budget" legislation that are now expected to be heard on the Senate and House floors on Wednesday. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans claim election officials in one county provided the wrong address for a voting precinct ahead of a hotly contested special congressional election. But state election officials say voters were notified of the address change weeks ago. Polls opened Tuesday for the special election in the Ninth Congressional District. (AP) — North Carolina's lawyers will get a 12-week break from court calendars for paternity leave under a change that the state's chief justice announced Tuesday. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley says the extended time off is 'just really a humane way' to treat lawyers. The change applies to men and women and to the birth or adoption of a child. (AP) — North Carolina will get some much-needed money to help with mounting repair costs the state has incurred in response to devastating hurricanes. The Federal Highway Administration said North Carolina would get 51 million dollars for the cost of repairing roads and bridges. Most of the money is for damage incurred by Hurricane Florence.

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