NC In Need Of More Coronavirus Test Kits
(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina is in need of more testing kits for the coronavirus. Governor Roy Cooper revealed Friday night that a second case has been confirmed in the state. The latest patient is from Chatham County, while the first confirmed case is in Wake County. Cooper said the state is down to around 150 testing kits. The secretary of North Carolina's health and human services department says they're collaborating with Duke University and UNC to do testing this week.
Meadows Named Chief Of Staff
(Washington, DC) -- A western North Carolina congressman is the new White House chief of staff. President Trump tapped Republican Mark Meadows on Friday to replace acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Meadows said he looked forward to helping build on the success of a long list of victories the President has delivered this country.
One Dead In Buncombe County Shooting
(Buncombe County, NC) -- Buncombe County deputies are investigating a deadly shooting. One man was shot to death at a home on Pinner Cove Road in Royal Pines on Friday night. Investigators found a vehicle of interest in the case, but haven't announced any arrests yet. The incident is considered isolated.
Teens Safe After Being Separated On Hike
(Transylvania County, NC) -- Four teens who were separated from their hiking group in Transylvania County over the weekend are safe. Rescue crews were called out to South Mills River Trail on Saturday night and found them early Sunday morning. One person was treated for hypothermia.
Hendersonville Okays Sale Of Property For Hotel
(Hendersonville, NC) -- Hendersonville city officials are studying a proposal to bring in a hotel and parking deck downtown. WLOS-TV reports the council approved last week to sell off a parking lot on Church Street for a new hotel. Adjacent land will be sold off to build a four to five story parking deck. The selling price could pull in two-million-dollars, while construction is expected to cost eight-million.
Gas Prices Drop In NC
(Asheville, NC) -- Gas prices in North Carolina are continuing their downward trend. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is two-22, which is five cents lower than a week ago. That remains below one month ago, and down from prices at the same time last year. Triple-A reports counties in western North Carolina generally have the highest prices in the state. The coronavirus has attributed to lower demand.
CLT Preps For Coronavirus
(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is taking extra precautions amid coronavirus concerns. Airport officials told the Charlotte Observer that crews are doing a deep cleaning in public areas in the terminals at the end of each night. They're also concentrating on other touch points, like railings and counters. American Airlines says its planes are cleaned each day.
CMPD Seeks Driver In Deadly Hit-And-Run
(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is looking for the driver in a deadly hit-and-run. Officers found one man dead after a wreck at Wilkinson Boulevard and Donald Ross Road early Sunday morning. The driver of a second car fled the scene without stopping. There's no description of the car available.
Town Hall Meeting Slated For CMS Bond Projects
(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is looking for public feedback concerning the 922-million-dollar bond package from 2017. The school board voted last month to reduce the number of classrooms for three new high schools slated to be paid for with the money. Superintendent Earnest Winston previously said there weren't enough funds to complete all of the projects from the 2017 package. A town hall meeting is set for tonight at six at the Northwest School of the Arts on Beatties Ford Road.
Drive-By Shooting Injures Two
(Charlotte, NC) -- Two people are injured in a west Charlotte drive-by shooting. Shots rang out late Sunday morning around Tuckaseegee Road and Freedom Drive, where an 18- and 19-year-old were hit. One of the victims suffered injuries considered to be life-threatening.
Winthrop Punches Ticket To NCAA Tournament
(Rock Hill, SC) -- Winthrop University is heading back to the NCAA basketball tournament. The Eagles won the Big South tournament championship yesterday over Hampton, which gave them an automatic bid into the tournament. It's the second berth in ten years for Winthrop. They'll find out who awaits them once the tournament selections are completed next weekend.
County Computer Network Attacked By Russian Hackers
(Durham, NC) -- An estimated 80-servers in Durham City and County came under a cyber attack over the weekend. The Russian malware attack, which started Friday night, briefly knocked out critical public safety services, including 911-police, fire and calls for medical emergencies. Late Sunday night, IT staff workers reported that most services were back on-line in Durham County, but they were still struggling to bring servers back up in the City of Durham. A spokesperson for the city said, in order to contain the attack, officials shut down its phone system, which affected City Hall, Durham One Call and Durham Parks and Recreation centers.
Blue Cross\Blue Shield Members Coronavirus Tests Are Now Covered
(Raleigh, NC) -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has announced that it has expanded its coverage of testing for the coronavirus. The company says members can now qualify for the tests without having to get prior approval. The coverage will include Blue Cross North Carolina Medicare Advantage, members who are fully insured and Federal Employee Program members. A company spokesperson said doctor visits to screen for the coronavirus will be covered as a normal visit.
Wayne County Firefighter Dies At Scene Of Fire
(Wayne County, NC) -- An investigation is underway into the cause of death of a Wayne County volunteer firefighter, who died in the line of duty early Sunday morning from an apparent medical emergency. According to the Thoroughfare Fire Department, 62-year-old Joe Tucker died while handling a hose and operating a fire engine. The incident happened on Old Grantham Road in Goldsboro. Tucker had served as a volunteer firefighter since 2004.
Man Dies After Being Fatally Struck By Freight Train
(Moore County, NC) -- Authorities in Moore County are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man who was killed Sunday by a freight train. It happened at a railroad crossing along Camp Easter Road in Vass. Police say James Alan Starling was fatally struck by a CSX train that was headed north. Starling was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man Injured In Shootout With Police Dies At Hospital
(Fayetteville, NC) -- A man who was shot and wounded by police last week in Fayetteville has died. Police say 75-year-old Gary Lee Tierney succumbed to his injuries Saturday. Tierney was wounded Wednesday after he fired several shots at police in front of his home and refused to obey commands to lay down his weapon and surrender. The case is being investigated by the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation.
Toddler Recovering After Being Pinned By Tree In Surry Co.
(Surry Co., NC) -- A toddler is recovering after she was pinned by a tree in Surry County. The Mount Airy Rescue Squad responded to the mobile home late Friday night after strong winds blew a large pine tree on top of it. The two-year-old girl was pinned in her bed and had to be rescued. She was rushed to a local hospital where she is currently recovering.
Greensboro Company Postpones Expansion To China
(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro company says it's postponing expansion to China over concerns about coronavirus. Kontoor Brands Inc. announced the news during its recent call with investors, according to the "Business Journal." Instead of expanding this spring, company officials say they'll wait until the fall. Kontoor has a portfolio led by Wrangler and Lee.
Teen Killed In High Point Crash
(High Point, NC) -- A teenager is dead after a crash in High Point. It happened early yesterday morning on East Martin Luther King Junior Drive, between North Centennial Street and South University Parkway. Police say a Chevy Blazer with six passengers in it ran off the road and hit some trees. Several people were thrown from the vehicle. Eighteen-year-old Roderick White Junior was killed. An investigation is ongoing.
Shooting Shuts Down Greensboro Restaurant
(Greensboro, NC) -- A restaurant in Greensboro is back open after a shooting forced the owners to shut it down. Gunfire erupted outside of Stephanie's Restaurant around 2 p.m. Saturday. Fifty-year-old Reginald Mendenhall was shot during an altercation. The restaurant had to close for the rest of the day so police could investigate. It reopened yesterday at 11 a.m. There's no word yet on who opened fire or why.