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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday January 16, 2018 -- and today is "National Nothing Day." No, that's it. Really. It's a day.... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: There's more winter weather on the way. The National Weather Service says a band of snow, which may be initially mixed with rain, is expected to move across central North Carolina late tonight into Wednesday afternoon, with accumulations from a trace up to 3 inches, with higher amounts mostly across northern portions of the area. Wind chills late Wednesday night are expected to range from 8 degrees across northern areas to 12 degrees across the south. A winter weather advisory will go into effect from 11 o'clock tonight through 7:00 PM Wednesday. Two people died in two separate house fires in Scotland County yesterday. Spectrum News reports firefighters found the body of a man in his nineties inside his home in Laurinburg, and one resident died in another fire, this one in Wagram, apparently after he tried to light a diesel turbine heater with kerosene, which caused an explosion.... ...(AP) – And in Fayetteville, one person is dead and three others injured in an early-morning house fire... Firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. Sunday to find most of the single-family home engulfed in flames. Three people had already made it out of the house when firefighters arrived. Fayetteville Police are investigating after a man was found in a Cook Out parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. WRAL-dot-com reports the man was found inside a car about 7 PM... he is in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley medical Center. Police do not believe the shooting was a random incident. Firefighters battled a string of brush fires along westbound I-40 Monday morning... WNCN-TV reports there were at least four fires between exits 282 and 280 along the right shoulder. Officials don't know yet what caused those fires. Duke Energy Progress and the Fayetteville Public Works Commission are asking customers to reduce electricity during the cold snap this week. WRAL-dot-com reports the demand on the electrical grid is unusually high because of the cold weather... and there are things everyone can do to reduce demand: Turning off unnecessary lighting, reducing your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting, and unplugging unused cellphone chargers are just a few ways to save electricity this winter. (AP) - Advocacy groups and voters who've successfully so far thrown out North Carolina's congressional districts because of partisan gerrymandering say the evidence is so overwhelming that the legislature should be forced to draw new lines by next week. Republican legislative leaders have asked both the three-judge panel that ruled against them and the U.S. Supreme Court to block the order while cases from other states are pending. The plaintiffs in the North Carolina case oppose the request. Today: Sunny, with a high near 49. Tonight: A chance of rain and snow late. Increasing clouds, with a low around 31. Wednesday: Cloudy, with snow likely... High near 32.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday January 11, 2018 -- and today is National Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day. The first public demonstration of the electric telegraph, which uses Morse code, was done on January 11, 1838, by inventors Samuel Breese Morse and Alfred Vail. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A report from WNCN-TV says members of an “alternative religious group” in Cumberland County forced children to perform labor instead of attend school. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says the group also operated John C's Fish Markets and mobile grills in Fayetteville and Lumberton, and were forcing children from 9 to 17 years old to work in those markets with little to no compensation. Toyota and Mazda officials announced Wednesday that they will build a 1.6 billion dollar factory in Huntsville, Alabama rather than at a site in North Carolina WRAL-dot-com reports that a so-called “mega” site near the Guilford-Randolph County line was a finalist for the project, and although North Carolina officials were disappointed, they've already started looking toward landing the next big project. (AP) - A federal court's decision to strike down North Carolina's congressional map has cast uncertainty over the state's 2018 U.S. House races and thrust the state into a national debate over reducing the role of partisanship in drawing electoral districts. Republican leaders have vowed to seek a delay to the court's order that they draw new district lines in the coming weeks. A former Durham County elections worker has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor related to the mishandling of provisional ballot results during the March 2016 primary election. WRAL-dot-com reports 59-year-old Richard Robert Rawling of Cary faces 30 days in jail, suspended to a year on probation and a 500 hundred-dollar fine after being convicted of failure to discharge a duty of his office. (AP) - Don't expect the North Carolina Senate to soon go along with House legislation designed to study unregulated chemicals in drinking water further and give state officials more funds for water testing and permitting. Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday his chamber likely will wait until the next scheduled session in May to act further. On Saturday, the Moore County Sheriff's Office Animal Services will be at PetSmart in Aberdeen, with an opportunity for you to adopt a dog or a cat. They'll be there from 9 til 1, and potential pet parents can see the animals on hand and take them for a test walk. Adoption rates are 85 dollars for dogs and 65 dollars for cats. The Moore County Board of Education will be conducting a retreat on January 18th to study the development of the district's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The retreat will be held from 8:30 until 3 at the SERVE Center offices on Summit Avenue in Browns Summit. Today: Cloudy, with afternoon rain likely... High near 64. Tonight: Cloudy, with rain likely... low around 62. Friday: Rain likely, with an afternoon thunderstorm or two a possibility. High near 71.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday January 10, 2018 -- and today is Houseplant Appreciation Day. Not surprisingly, there's very little information on this special day, so I guess one way to celebrate would be to... uh... appreciate a houseplant. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Moore County was slammed pretty hard with up to six inches of snow in some areas last week, and schools were closed Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday... but students head back to the classroom today, thanks to warmer temperatures and sunny skies... they won't have to make up the missed days because snow days are built into the school calendar. A settlement agreement between Michael and Jennifer O'Connor and the Town of Southern Pines was announced yesterday in the lawsuit over the re-zoning of property on Camp Easter Road, to allow construction of an elementary school. The O’Connors have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit after several concessions were made by the county, which will allow Moore County to keep the school project on schedule. Authorities are investigating after a body was found on Fort Bragg property Monday afternoon... WRAL-dot-com reports the body was discovered along Chagrin Road, near Texas Pond... details about identity of the person or the cause of death have not been released. A mild February and new offerings resulted in a new attendance record at the North Carolina Zoo in 2017, with 860-thousand, 148 guests. The previous mark was 840-thousand, 410 set in 1994. The Zoo, which opened in 1974, began tracking attendance in 1981. The Zoo also set a single-day attendance mark on April 15, when 15,250 guests attended on Good Friday. A federal three-judge panel has struck down North Carolina's current congressional maps as unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the judges said the state's congressional districts are unconstitutionally partisan; giving Republicans an advantage over Democrats. Spectrum News reports the judges are now giving the General Assembly two weeks to provide new maps to that fix the issue. (AP) - The General Assembly reconvenes today for another session in which leaders say they'll act quickly on a slim agenda. House and Senate legislators say appointments to boards and commissions and water quality legislation are expected to come up. But parliamentary actions are expected to keep the work session running in case other issues surface. A planned visit by the Dalai Lama to Raleigh has been put off, according to city officials. WRAL-dot-com says the spiritual leader had been scheduled to visit the state capital in April, but his representatives contacted Mayor Nancy McFarlane and said schedule changes will force him to cancel his travels in the U-S. He left open the possibility of a visit next year. Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Tonight: Increasing clouds, with some fog toward dawn... low around 43. Thursday: Cloudy, with showers likely, High near 57.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday January 9, 2018 -- and compared with the last few days, it's downright tropical weather today! By the way, today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Even with somewhat warmer temperatures, there are still some secondary roads with icy conditions... so Moore County Schools are closed again today, but is an optional teacher workday. Work crews anticipate significant improvement to road conditions. Local crews are getting continued assistance from workers and equipment already brought in from other parts of the state. Above freezing temperatures overnight, combined with the tons of salt already put down on the roads will continue to help melt the ice. One person was found shot to death Monday afternoon in southeastern Johnston County, according to WRAL-dot-com. The body of 18-year-old Carlos Mejia Escamilla of Selma was discovered in an overgrown yard outside a mobile home. 19-year-old Tony Lee Hines has been charged with murder in connection with the death. A boil water advisory issued over the weekend for Fayetteville residents was lifted last night, according to WRAL-dot-com. A valve broke on a 16-inch line and another pipe sprang a leak Saturday, leading to 76,000 Public Works Commission water customers being placed under the advisory. The breaks were repaired Sunday, but officials needed to flush pipes to be sure water met safe drinking standards before lifting the advisory, PWC said in a statement. Two Roanoke Rapids men have been charged in the August deaths of four people in a Halifax County Home.. WRAL-dot-com reports 23-year-old Keyon Quarice West, and 25-year-old James Edward Powell each face four counts of murder in the deaths of Janice Harris, James Harris, Peggy Whitley and James Whitley. The Harrises and the Whitleys were shot while sitting at the Harrises' kitchen table playing cards. (AP) – State Attorney General Josh Stein and a key Republican legislator say expanded identity theft laws are needed in North Carolina to alert the public about increasing security breaches and to make it easier for them to protect themselves. Stein and Representative Jason Saine announced Monday a bill will be filed in the spring. (AP) - Two fraternities at East Carolina University have been closed by their national organizations following investigations into alcohol and hazing infractions. Officials of Tau Kappa Epsilon say they will close the Lambda Psi Chapter for four years. Delta Chi National Fraternity will also close its local chapter immediately for an indefinite period. (AP) - Several groups opposed to Republican efforts at the North Carolina General Assembly to make fundamental changes to judicial selection are running commercials against them. The groups created a "fair courts coalition" that began online ads Monday, with a television ad to follow later in the week. The legislature reconvenes Wednesday. Today: Patchy fog this morning... Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

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