One Shot in AVL, Hen.Co. Students Back to Class, COVID Cases Trend Downward

State Launches Website Showing Vaccine Eligibility

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina residents now have an easy way to know when they're COVID-19 vaccine-eligible. Health and Human Services launched a website yesterday that will notify users statewide exactly when they can receive a dose. Current groups eligible for the vaccines include older residents, healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents. Those who use the website will receive a notification when their group is added to the eligibility list.

Customers To Save Money After Duke Energy Settlement

(Asheville, NC) -- Duke Energy customers could soon see some savings thanks to a settlement. North Carolina Attorney General David Stein spearheaded a deal yesterday which will reduce the burden on customers as Duke cleans up coal ash over the next decade. Total savings for customers in the ten-year time frame is expected to be around one-billion-dollars. The public staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Sierra Club joined Stein in settling the agreement with Duke Energy.

Henderson County Students Returning To Classroom Monday

(Henderson County, NC) -- Students are heading back into the classroom in Henderson County. The school board gave the go-ahead yesterday to begin a full schedule next week for children in grades Pre-K through 3rd who chose in-person learning. Other grades will start on a hybrid plan that combines in-person and virtual learning.

Murder-Suicide Suspected In Rutherford County

(Rutherford County, NC) -- A suspected murder-suicide is being investigated in Rutherford County. The sheriff's office says it appears a man shot his wife to death before turning the gun on himself in a Bostic gated community on Sunday. Deputies are also continuing to gather details in a separate deadly shooting last Thursday in Forest City. One man died, while another was injured when they reportedly opened fire on each other.

One Injured In Asheville Shooting

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville police are looking for a suspect in a shooting. Investigators say a man was shot in the chest while sleeping inside a Hanover Street home Sunday night. The shooting allegedly started from outside the residence. There is a person of interest in the case. The victim was last said to be in critical condition.

Free Rides Offered To COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

(Henderson County, NC) -- Those needing rides to their COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Henderson County have a new easy option. The Hendersonville Times-News says Apple Country Transportation is offering free rides to anyone with an appointment at county immunization clinics. A new statewide grant is also supposed to help transportation services in each county give out free rides to appointments soon.

Salisbury Child Found Dead In Mississippi

(Scott County, MS) -- A Salisbury toddler who was allegedly left abandoned in Mississippi is dead. Scott County sheriff's investigators told WAPT-TV the two-year-old and a seven-year-old were abandoned off of Interstate 20 last Thursday. A man identified as James Harrison allegedly left them in a truck after he got into an argument with his wife, who had also been left behind earlier on the interstate. Initial reports show the young child may have died from hypothermia. The search for Harrison is continuing.

CMS Talking About Hosting Potential Vaccine Event

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is opening up the possibility to hold a COVID-19 vaccine event at a school. WBTV is reporting district officials talked Monday with Novant Health about the proposal. Charlotte Motor Speedway was used as a large site last weekend, while Bank of America Stadium will host an event in a few days. A potential school site would be open to more than just teachers in the CMS system.

Gaston County Man Pleads Guilty In Deaths Of Family Members

(Gaston County, NC) -- A Gaston County man is facing prison time for the death of his daughter and daughter-in-law. Roger Self pleaded guilty to two second-degree murder charges yesterday in connection to the May 2018 deaths. Prosecutors say the women died after Self plowed his SUV into the Surf and Turf Lodge while his family was eating inside. Sentencing will be held in mid-April.

CMPD Investigating Deadly Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide in southeast Charlotte. One person was reportedly shot to death at a complex off Creekridge Road late Monday morning. Officers haven't yet released any information about potential suspects.

Man Critical After Hit-And-Run

(Mount Holly, NC) -- The victim of a hit-and-run in Mount Holly is on life support. Devin Valentine has been in the hospital since police say he was hit by an SUV near Highway 27 West and West Central Avenue late Friday night. Officers are looking for a silver Jeep Liberty with front driver side damage. The SUV was last seen heading in the direction of Stanley.

Atrium Health Sets Up Mobile Hospital In Pineville

(Charlotte, NC) -- A mobile patient unit is open at Atrium Health Pineville. The hospital group moved the module so that it could start taking patients yesterday due to a rise in hospitalizations. It has the capacity to hold more than a dozen beds, which will be used for less-critical patients.

North Carolina COVID-19 Metrics Starting To Trend Downward

(Raleigh, NC) -- Data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services showed there were four-thousand-633 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, the lowest single-day total since the end of December. The Department also reported a dramatic drop in the number of COVID-19-related deaths yesterday. The 25 fatalities on Monday was the first time the death toll was below 100 in the past four days. There were also 32-hundred-87 people in the hospital.

State Health Officials Worried About Not Having Enough Vaccine Doses To Meet Demand

(Raleigh, NC) -- State health officials say that while they are pleased that some COVID-19 key metrics are starting to come down, they are also worried about providers running out of vaccine doses. The latest figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services show that by tomorrow, North Carolina will only have about 120-thousand doses of vaccines to distribute.

Warrants Issued For Suspect Who Defaced NC Building With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- Police in Chapel Hill have issued two arrest warrants for a suspect wanted for breaking in and defacing a building on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill with racist anti-Semitic graffiti. It happened over the weekend at the Campus Y Building on East Cameron Avenue. Authorities say several offices were vandalized. The Campus Y building is home for the University's 'Innovation and Social Justice' department in the Division of Student Affairs.

New Drawings Show Billion Dollar North Hills Innovation District Of Raleigh

(Raleigh, NC) -- Developers released a new set of architectural drawings Monday of a planned one-billion-dollar addition to the North Hills section of Raleigh. According to Kane Realty, the North Hills Innovation District will include open green space, pedestrian walkways and bridges, along with room for outdoor working and dining. The 33-acre Phase II development will also include a two story 20-thousand square foot food hall. Construction is set to begin this summer.

New Low-Cost Airline To Begin Operating Out Of RDU

(Raleigh, NC) -- RDU International announced Monday that a new low-cost airline will begin servicing the Triangle area this spring. Starting in May, Sun Country Airlines will operate two non-stop round trip flights a week between Raleigh and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Aimed at attracting leisure travelers, Sun Country will become the eleventh commercial airline to operate out of RDU.

Murder-Suicide Investigation Underway In Wilkes Co.

(Wilkes Co., NC) -- A murder-suicide is under investigation in Wilkes County. Deputies were called to a home on Boone Trail in Millers Creek Sunday afternoon. Fifty-one-year-old Marc Brantley was found shot to death outside the house. Sixty-four-year-old Mickey Davis was also found at the scene suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died at the hospital. An investigation is ongoing.

Guilford Co. Sheriff's Office Release 2020 Crime Stats

(Guilford Co., NC) -- The Guilford County Sheriff's Office is releasing 2020 crime statistics. The report shows violent crimes were up by about 20-percent last year. Drug arrests increased by 26-percent year-over-year. While there was a rise in violent crimes and drug arrests, the report shows a drop in property crimes by about nine- percent.

North Carolina COVID-19 Cases Continue Steady Decline

(Undated) -- New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina are on a downward trend. About four-thousand-630 new cases were reported yesterday. That's less than the seven-day average of about 58-hundred cases. The daily positivity rate is ten-point-two-percent.

NCDHH Launches Online Vaccine Tool

(Undated) -- The state Department of Health and Human Services is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine tool. It's called Find My Vaccine Group, and it helps North Carolinians know when they're eligible for their vaccine. Users will answer a series of questions to help determine which group they're in, and then they'll be notified when their group is ready to be vaccinated.

Man Killed, Woman Hurt In Head-On Wreck In Davidson Co.

(Davidson Co., NC) -- A man is dead and a woman is seriously hurt after a head-on wreck in Davidson County. It happened Friday afternoon on NC-109. State troopers say a Ford SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Lexus SUV. The driver of the Ford, Jerome Williams of Winston-Salem, died at the scene. The driver of the Lexus, a woman from Denton, was taken to Baptist Hospital.

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