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NC judges deny requests to block elections under new maps

A panel of North Carolina judges has refused to block the latest legislative and congressional maps from being used for the 2022 elections. The three judges on Friday denied preliminary injunctions in a pair of lawsuits challenging boundaries that the Republican-controlled legislature passed last month. The decision means candidate filing for the March 8 primary should begin at noon Monday as scheduled. The decision can be appealed. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits call the lines “extreme partisan”...

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A panel of North Carolina judges has refused to block the latest legislative and congressional maps from being used for the 2022 elections. The three judges on Friday denied preliminary injunctions in a pair of lawsuits challenging  boundaries that the Republican-controlled legislature passed last month. The decision means candidate filing for the March 8 primary should begin at noon Monday as scheduled. The decision can be appealed.

Duke Energy electric customers in North Carolina will now see a new line-item charge on their monthly bills to repay $1 billion in bonds the company issued to get repaid for repairs from 2018 and 2019 storms. The storm recovery charge will mean a roughly $2.40 increase for the average Duke Energy Progress residential customer and 50-cent increase for a similar Duke Energy Carolinas customer. The General Assembly gave Duke Energy the ability to issue the bonds to get reimbursed, rather than go through normal rate case requests with state regulators.

A wildlife official says a manatee found stranded on the North Carolina coast on Thursday has died. First reported by Outer Banks Today, the nearly 10-foot-long female was still alive when it was found by a woman walking the beach around sunrise near Kill Devil Hills. There were no visible signs of trauma, but Clark says the manatee appeared to have been malnourished. She says the remains will be taken to N.C. State University’s lab in Morehead City for a necropsy. Officials say there have been more local manatee sightings recently.

A law prohibiting certain modifications of vehicles known as the “Carolina Squat,” or the “Carolina Lean,” took effect Wednesday. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more.

  

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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed more legislation, this time a bill that would prevent the counting of mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day. Cooper's veto on Thursday was expected, given that the measure was approved by the House and Senate on party lines favoring Republicans. The veto is unlikely to get overridden. Current law says envelopes postmarked by the day of the election can count if received within a three-day grace period.

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Pastor Matthew Southall Brown Sr., retired Baptist preacher and decorated war veteran, is being celebrated and remembered this weekend in Savannah, Ga. Brown died late last month of natural causes. He was 99.

Brown was a member of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, Company E, a segregated support unit. He was among the first African Americans to desegregate the military and fight during World War II. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, as well as an American Theater Ribbon, among other commendations.

BUDAPEST, Hungary — When President Biden greets scores of nations at his virtual "Summit for Democracy" this coming week, one member of the Western alliance won't be there.

Hungary, on the Eastern edge of the European Union, was not invited.

It's been over two years since BTS and fans met face to face at a live concert. The group's very last show was in Seoul, South Korea during the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour on Oct. 29, 2019.

Here we go again.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to almost normal times, a new, highly mutated variant of the coronavirus has reared its ugly head in the U.S.

Meric Long had been playing guitar for three years when he realized the instrument could be more than his hobby — it could be his way of communicating, too, of feeling he had something important to say.

At a high-school friend's house party, Long, then an anxious California teenager, smoked too much weed and meandered on an acoustic guitar for several uninterrupted hours. He assumed he was improvising for no one. But people listened, captivated by the sudden volubility of a 16-year-old who considered himself awkward and uneasy.

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