Tillis Tests Positive for COVID-19, Cunningham Caught in Sexting Trist


NC Senator Tests Positive For COVID-19

(Washington, DC) -- North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is continuing in his recovery from COVID-19. He tested positive on Friday, just after it was revealed President Trump and wife Melania also tested positive. A Tillis spokesperson said over the weekend that he had mild symptoms with no fever. Doctors say President Trump could be released from the hospital as early as today if he continues to respond well to treatment.

Cunningham Not Dropping Out Of Race After Messages Surfaced

(Raleigh, NC) -- A U.S. Senate candidate is not planning to drop out of the race in North Carolina despite the uncovering of his romantic text messages. The campaign for Democrat Cal Cunningham confirmed messages that surfaced last week stemmed from conversations he had with a California public relations specialist who is not his wife. Cunningham has since issued a public apology to his family and friends. The Democrat has been leading in the polls for the race against incumbent Senator Thom Tillis.

Mail-In Votes Pouring Into Buncombe County

(Buncombe County, NC) -- Buncombe County voters are already casting more mail-in ballots than in the 2016 presidential election. The Citizen-Times says more than eight-thousand people have mailed in their votes as of Friday, compared to less than six-thousand in the entire general election cycle four years ago. The number of Democrats mailing in far outweigh Republicans locally. Elections officials are recommending voters mail their ballots at least a week ahead of time to avoid any potential delays.

Company Adding 70 Jobs In McDowell County

(McDowell County, NC) -- A manufacturing company is investing one-million-dollars into a McDowell County factory. Governor Roy Cooper says Triple Aught Design is bringing 70 jobs to a new location in Old Fort, which will be used to produce adventure gear and apparel. Triple Aught is also planning to open a retail store. Cooper added the company was drawn to North Carolina's strong manufacturing workforce and premier quality of life.

WNC Nature Center Opening To Public

(Asheville, NC) -- The Western North Carolina Nature Center is back open to the general public. The facility has been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but gates first re-opened last week for Friends of the Nature Center. The general public is welcome to visit again starting today. Guests will be required to face masks and remain socially distanced from others. Indoor exhibits are closed.

Asheville Neighborhood Canceling Large Halloween Event

(Asheville, NC) -- A large Halloween event in Asheville is called off this year. Thousands of families usually trick-or-treat on Vermont Avenue in west Asheville, but this month things will be quiet. Organizers told WLOS-TV the COVID-19 pandemic forced the neighborhood to cancel festivities. It usually takes a few months of prepping.

Teen Surrenders In Hit-And-Run

(Charlotte, NC) -- A teen is facing charges in a Union County hit-and-run. The sheriff's office says a driver struck three people and left the scene outside a soccer field in Indian Trail on Saturday. A five-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries. The juvenile was charged with felony hit-and-tun after turning himself in yesterday.

Member Of Press Tests COVID-19 Positive After Ivanka Visit

(Gaston County, NC) -- Health officials are confirming a member of the press tested positive for COVID-19 after an Ivanka Trump visit to the Charlotte area last week. The president's daughter made stops in Gastonia, Belmont and Dallas on Wednesday and Thursday. NBC Charlotte learned on Saturday that a member of the press who covered Ivanka's visit tested positive. She took a test on Friday, which came back negative.

Two Injured In Connection To Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- Two people are being treated for serious injuries in connection to a north Charlotte shooting. Officers responded to the scene of shots fired on West Sugar Creek Road on Saturday night, and found one person who had been hit by a car. That victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Shortly after, officers found someone injured with a gunshot on Stroud Park Court.

One Dead In South Charlotte Homicide

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide in south Charlotte. Officers found a man shot to death in a parking lot on Conway Avenue early Saturday morning. NBC Charlotte reports there have now been 86 homicides in Charlotte this year. There have been no arrests as of yet.

Panthers Down Cardinals At Bank Of America Stadium

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Panthers are still on the winning track. Carolina defeated Arizona 31-to-21 in front of a limited crowd at Bank of America Stadium yesterday. It was the Panthers second-straight win after starting the season with two losses. The offense was led by 276 passing yards and two touchdowns from Teddy Bridgewater.

Health Department's Weekend Coronavirus Data Reports Low Case Numbers

(Raleigh, NC) -- State health officials say the lower than average number of new coronavirus cases reported over the weekend was due to a technical glitch in its data reporting system. Only 610-cases were reported on Sunday. A statement released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said they expect those totals will be higher today. At last report, the state's positivity rate was at 6-point-6 percent. Over 217-thousand people have been infected with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. 36-hundred-34 have died.

Anti-Viral Medication Remdesivir Used To Treat Trump Developed In Triangle

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- One of the anti-viral medications being used to treat President Trump was partially developed in the North Carolina Triangle. Remdesivir was initially used several years ago by researchers at UNC and Gilead Sciences to treat the SARS and Ebola viruses. Doctors at UNC and Duke Hospitals have been using the drug to treat their most severe cases of COVID-19. Both medical facilities credit Remdesivir with reducing the amount of time patients have spent in the hospital. The mortality rate of people treated with the drug has also dropped from about 12-percent to 7-percent.

Cunningham Admits To Sexting, Apologizes, But Won't Drop Out Of Race

(Raleigh, NC) -- Democratic Senatorial candidate Cal Cunningham is vowing to stay in the race after news reports of him sexting with a woman who is not his wife went viral on Friday. The messages were first leaked on NationalFile.com. Cunningham had been leading in most polls against incumbent Thom Tillis. In a written statement, Cunningham apologized and said he was deeply sorry that he had hurt his family and disappointed his friends.

Goldsboro Man Dies After Being Shot In The Chest

(Goldsboro, NC) -- An investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a 52-year old man in Goldsboro Saturday. Police responded to a call of shots fired around 5:45 p.m. along the 1100-block of Olivia Lane. When they arrived the found Kenneth Raiford lying on the ground suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Raiford was rushed to Wayne UNC Healthcare for treatment. He was pronounced dead a few hours later early Sunday morning.

Shooting Reported At Greensboro Haunted Thrill Park

(Greensboro, NC) -- An investigation is underway after a shooting at a Halloween theme park in Greensboro. It happened outside the Woods of Terror on North Church Street early yesterday morning. Police say a vehicle drove into the parking lot, and someone inside fired shots. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the suspect was apprehended by police a few miles a way. The owner of the venue says both the victim and the shooter were juveniles.

Long Lines At Carolina Classic Fair Drive-Thru

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Organizers of the Carolina Classic Fair Drive-Thru say lines on their last day were more than five hours long. The four-day event kicked off Thursday at the Winston-Salem fairgrounds. The drive-thru fair included fair food from 12 different vendors and drive-thru games. On Saturday, the event reached capacity and had to close two hours early due to long lines.

Aerial Salute To Teachers On 'World Teacher Appreciation Day'

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The Bandit Flight Team will take to the skies today to honor teachers in the Triad. The "Salute to Educators Flyover" will give six local school districts their signature smoke salute. The one-hour event starts at noon, and the first flyover will happen above Alamance County district headquarters in Burlington at 12:05. It coincides with "World Teacher Appreciation Day."

On-Street Parking Enforcement To Resume In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Starting today, on-street parking will be enforced in Winston-Salem. The city halted enforcement back in April to keep its employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Parking meters and pay stations must be used, and time-limits will be enforced. Violators will be ticketed.