Cooper Doubles Down on Booze Sales,AVL Council to Fill Seat,VP Coming to NC

Governor Cuts Off Late Night Alcohol Sales At Restaurants

(Raleigh, NC) -- The state is cracking down on late night alcohol sales in hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19. Governor Roy Cooper signed an order yesterday which cuts off restaurant alcohol sales at 11 p.m. beginning Friday. He says restaurants have turned into bar-like scenes, and it has led to increased transmission. Late night alcohol sales at restaurants and bars were cut off in South Carolina nearly 20 days ago.

Deputy Stable After Shooting In Haywood County

(Haywood County, NC) -- The SBI is investigating a deadly deputy-involved shooting in Haywood County. The sheriff's office says deputies responded early Tuesday morning after a man started firing shots from a billboard on U.S. 19-23. One of the deputies was struck, but is said to be in stable condition. The armed man was shot in response and killed at the scene.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hit Another High In NC

(Raleigh, NC) -- Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are at another all-time high in North Carolina. Health officials say 12-hundred-44 patients were in the hospital on Tuesday, which is above the previous record set last Thursday. More than 17-hundred new cases were reported yesterday as well. The positivity rate sits at around eight percent for the state.

Police Investigate Another West Asheville Shooting

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are investigating several shootings in the western part of the city. Officers say nine bullets were fired into a home on Druid Drive late Monday night, but no one was injured. It marked the third shooting in west Asheville in two days. Shots were also fired off Virginia Avenue twice since last weekend. Investigators are looking to see if any are connected.

COVID-19 Cluster Identified At Waynesville Pharmacy

(Waynesville, NC) -- Health officials are keeping a close eye on another COVID-19 cluster in western North Carolina. Two former employees and three current employees at Waynesville Pharmacy in Haywood County have recently tested positive. They're all in isolation. The Haywood County Health Department says none of the employees were present at the pharmacy while symptomatic or positive.

Asheville Council To Fill Empty Seat

(Asheville, NC) -- The Asheville city council is in charge of filling a soon-to-be empty seat. Councilman Vijay Kapoor announced in the spring he planned to step down effective August 8th. City Attorney Brad Branham said yesterday it will be up to the council to select someone to fill Kapoor's unexpired term, rather than holding an election. WLOS-TV says Kapoor is requesting the council appoint someone from south Asheville, which is where he lives.

Charlotte Office Looking For Volunteers In COVID-19 Trial

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte doctors are looking for volunteers in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. Around 90 practices across the country are taking part in phase three testing of a drug developed by Moderna. Tryon Medical Partners told NBC Charlotte that more than 14-hundred people locally have already signed up to take part in the trial. Those participating will be given either the real drug or a placebo.

Trump Accepting Nomination In NC

(Charlotte, NC) -- President Trump is planning to accept the Republican Party's nomination somewhere in North Carolina. A group of delegates will nominate Trump during a small portion of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte late next month. The President didn't specify yesterday exactly where he'll be to accept the nomination. He initially criticized Governor Roy Cooper for not promising a full in-person convention due to health concerns before moving most of it to Florida. The Florida portion has since been canceled.

Charlotte Grandmother Killed In Crossfire

(Charlotte, NC) -- Officers are looking for a suspect in the killing of a Charlotte grandmother. Wilma Petty was picking up her granddaughter from a party Saturday night when she was reportedly hit by a stray bullet on 28th Street off North Tryon Street. The CMPD is still trying to find information about a potential suspect but need the public's help. The number of homicides in the Queen City is already outpacing a violent 2019.

CMPD Investigating Homicide In West Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating its 69th homicide of 2020. Investigators say one man was shot to death on Westwinds Court last night. The scene is just outside the I-485 loop in west Charlotte. There's no word on any arrests yet.

Some Petition For All Virtual Schools In Union County

(Union County, NC) -- Some people are calling on Union County Schools to go completely virtual this fall. The district decided last week to go with a Plan B option, which sends kids to school for one day per week and spends the rest learning remotely. An online petition calling for strictly virtual learning is gaining some traction this week, with over one-thousand signatures in support. Sources tell WBTV the supporters are mostly teachers and employees of Union County public schools. About one in five students have decided to go fully online.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In North Carolina At Highest Level Ever

(Raleigh, NC) -- Figures released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Tuesday, showed the number of patients being treated at hospitals across the state was at a record high. The 12-hundred-44 hospitalizations was 75-more people than on Monday. However, the Department also said the one-thousand-749-new cases confirmed yesterday was an indication that the spread of the disease could be leveling off. To date, there have been over 116-thousand people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic first began.

Decision On Whether To Hold State Fair Will Be Announced Today

(Roxboro, NC) -- Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is expected to hold a news conference today to announce the fate of the North Carolina State Fair. Each year, the fair is held in mid-October in Raleigh. But out of increasing concerns over the potential for spread of COVID-19, that date could be pushed back. Already the Mountain State Fair in Western North Carolina and the Carolina Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, have been cancelled.

City Of Roxboro Imposes New Curfew Out Of Fear Of Racial Unrest

(Roxboro, NC) -- Expressing concerns over the possibility of racial unrest following the deadly police shooting of a black man in Roxboro last week, members of the City Council imposed a new curfew that went into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. Responding to police intelligence reports that a planned demonstration was going to be infiltrated by outside forces called 'The New Black Panther Party of Self Defense', the Council voted to approve the nighttime curfew to run through Thursday morning. Last Friday, David Brooks Jr. was shot and killed by police after he was spotted carrying a sawed off shotgun.

Gov. Cooper Cuts Off Alcohol Sales At 11 pm.

(Raleigh, NC) - Governor Roy Cooper is announcing an 11 p.m. cutoff on alcohol sales statewide. The new rule is in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. Starting Friday, alcohol sales for on-site consumption in restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries will stop at 11 p.m. The order will not apply to grocery stores.

Guilford Co. Schools To Start First Nine Weeks Virtually

(Greensboro, NC) - Guilford County Schools is changing course. The superintendent announced yesterday the first nine weeks will now be online. That's four weeks longer than what was originally suggested. The board is expected to discuss the next steps at its meeting in two weeks.

VP Pence To Visit North Carolina

(Raleigh, NC) - Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit North Carolina today, just two days after President Trump's visit. The White House says he'll stop by Thales Academy in Raleigh to learn about how it's safely reopening school to students. Pence is also set to visit M3-Wake Research to check-out its progress on a coronavirus vaccine.

Carolina Classic Fair In Winston-Salem Canceled

(Winston-Salem, NC) - The Carolina Classic Fair in Winston-Salem is canceled. The ten-day event was scheduled to take place October 2nd through the 11th. The city made its decision due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, as well as current statewide restrictions, which limit gatherings to no more than 25 people.

Driver Killed In Crash Involving Ambulance

(Asheboro, NC) - A person is dead after a crash involving an ambulance in Randolph County. The accident happened Monday afternoon on N.C. Highway 49 at Oak Hollow Drive. Troopers say an ambulance was heading south when a pickup truck turned onto the highway from Oak Hollow Drive and crashed into the ambulance. The truck caught fire, and the driver died at the scene. No one in the ambulance was seriously hurt.

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