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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday February 23, 2018 -- and today is "Curling is Cool Day." That, apparently is designed to raise awareness of that odd Olympic sport that look sort of like a cross between ice skating and housework. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: (AP) - A family spokesman says Billy Graham carefully planned and signed off on every detail of his funeral. Graham family spokesman Mark DeMoss said the music and speakers at the March 2 service will all have connections to Graham's life and ministry. Graham will be buried in a prison-made plywood coffin next to his wife, Ruth, who died in 2007. (AP) - Members of the public can sign a book set inside North Carolina's old Capitol building to remember the late Reverend Billy Graham. Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation ordering a "Book of Condolences" be placed inside the Capitol rotunda, where it will be starting Friday through March 2. (AP) - North Carolina's largest health insurer says its windfall from the new federal tax cut will hold down rate increases in the future, but this year will give charities millions of dollars and pay employees a one-thousand-dollar bonus. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Thursday it will give away 50 million dollars this year for health initiatives, and give thousands of employees bonuses. 18-year-old Britton Buchanan of Sanford will be featured in the season premiere of NBC's “The Voice” on Monday... WRAL-dot-com reports that Buchanan has performed the national anthem for the Durham Bulls, sung at the Down South Music Festival, and performed in the Lee County Fine Arts production of the musical “Grease.” A Raleigh resident who killed a man outside his home in 2016, after complaining of “hoodlums” in his neighborhood has been found guilty of first-degree murder. WRAL-dot-com reports 40-year-old Chad Cameron Copley will be sentenced this morning, when he faces a mandatory life term in prison without parole in the death of 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas. Bond has been set at 1.5 million dollars for a man suspected of a weekend rape at a senior community in Cary. WRAL reports 35-year-old Antwain Lamar Dennis is charged with first-degree burglary, forcible rape, and kidnapping... Dennis turned himself in to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. (AP) - Authorities say a man crashed his vehicle into another car, got out, stripped naked, fired a gun into the air and ran off into the woods. Lieutenant Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says the unnamed driver was speeding down a major Wilmington street Thursday night when he crashed. Today: Areas of fog through mid-morning, then partly sunny, with a high near 78. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Saturday: A slight chance of afternoon showers... Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday February 22, 2018 -- and even though we observed George Washington's Birthday on Monday the 19th, February 22 was his actual birthday. Well, no, it was February 11, under the Julian calendar, which was in use at that time. But February 11, under the Gregorian calendar, which we use now, is actually February 22nd. Confused? Here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A year-long undercover operation by Southern Pines Police has resulted in the arrest of three more people, following four arrests earlier this week. The suspects are accused of running a drug ring in which the manufacture and sale of cocaine, meth and marijuana were conducted throughout at least a 3-county area. Police are still looking for 32-year-old Calvin Deangelo Fox of Sanford. Those arrested are jailed in Moore, Davie, and Lee counties on bonds ranging from 75-thousand to 9-million dollars. Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, in honor of the Reverend Billy Graham, who died yesterday morning at his home in Montreat. Billy Graham was 99. (AP) - The Rev. Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist dubbed "America's Pastor" who died Wednesday at 99, will lie in repose for two days next week with a funeral to be held March 2. A spokesman says the body will be taken Saturday from Asheville to Charlotte. Some parts of the state broke a record Wednesday, as temperatures climbed to the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.. It reached 78 in Southern Pines yesterday... the previous record high was 74 in 1976, according to Intellicast-dot-com. We're likely to see summer-like temperatures again for the next few days. The average high temperature for this time of year is 56. (AP) - A legal challenge of a special session called by Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly to pass laws that eroded Governor Roy Cooper's powers is going to trial. A panel of three judges scheduled arguments Wednesday from lawyers for a government reform group and 10 state residents who argue the December 2016 session was illegal. Lawyers for the state and the legislative leaders who got sued disagree. (AP) - Some North Carolina legislators believe it's worth looking at whether allowing the breakup of school districts following decades of district mergers makes sense. A General Assembly committee studying the potential division of districts held its first meeting Wednesday. The committee is supposed to report back to the full legislature by May 1. (AP) - North Carolina environmental regulators are delaying penalties against a chemical company for discharging compounds with little-researched but worrying health effects until they're confident a case will stand up in court. State assistant environment secretary Sheila Holman said Wednesday that regulators are being methodical with the prospect of a court challenge by Chemours in mind. Today: Areas of dense fog through mid-morning... otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday February 21, 2018 -- and it's National Sticky Bun Day. With that in mind -- or maybe entirely without it -- here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ... Four men... two from Aberdeen and two from Southern Pines... were arrested yesterday... AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports 58-year-old Lee Marvin Harris, Sr. and 32-year-old Lee Marvin Harris, Jr. both of Aberdeen, and 32-year-old Christan Terry and 33-year-old Lamar Sealy, both of Southern Pines are being held on bonds ranging from 5 to 9-million dollars. They all face numerous drug charges, and more arrests are expected as an investigation continues. 41-year-old Charles Gaige of Pinehurst was arrested yesterday – he's charged with cyber stalking, communicating threats and resisting arrest.. he's being held without bond in the Moore County Detention Center.... and 36-year-old Daniel Lawson of West End is accused of indecent liberties with a child... he's held on 30-thousand dollars bond. After getting word of a threat at Harnett Central Middle School on Tuesday, officials say they are taking any threat of a possible school shooting very seriously, according to WRAL-dot-com. Sheriff Wayne Coats sent additional deputies to the school's campus. Harnett County Superintendent says they're looking to put together a group of local law enforcement to advise the school system on how to improve security. The nature of Tuesday's threat was not released. (AP) - North Carolina House members with education, law enforcement and mental health policy backgrounds will serve on a special committee to examine school safety standards and recommend any changes. House Speaker Tim Moore announced the more than 40 members that will serve on the panel, formed following last week's school shooting in Florida. (AP) - Authorities say the adoptive parents of a girl who was missing for years before her body was found will be charged with murder. Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten said at a news conference Tuesday that Sandy and Casey Parsons will be charged with murder in the death of Erica Parsons, whose body was found in 2016 in South Carolina. (AP) - Prosecutors say they're dropping all charges against the remaining five people who had been accused of toppling a Confederate statue last summer in North Carolina. Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols announced the decision Tuesday. It came a day after a judge threw out charges against two others and found another person not guilty. (AP) - A state appeals court says an abused woman can't sue her local social services department over alleged failures that allowed her estranged husband to shoot her in the face and kill her parents as their children watched. The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that while people sometimes can sue the state for constitutional violations, government agencies and officials are usually shielded from lawsuits. Today: Areas of dense fog through mid-morning... otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday February 20, 2018 -- and there's a good bit of fog shrouding the Sandhills this morning, so be careful out there. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A video that's been making the rounds on social media shows an employee at the Tara Plantation in Carthage, slumped over in a chair... WRAL-dot-com says it was taken by employee Stephanie Alston during an overnight shift at the assisted living center. She shared the video with a member of the Department of Social Services, and was fired the next day. They don't know why the employee in the video was slumped over, but an investigation is underway. (AP) - An Arkansas man faces a murder charge in connection with the death of a North Carolina woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car more than 15 years ago. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Isaac McDonald of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was indicted last week on a charge of first-degree murder. Three people, including a five-year-old child were hospitalized yesterday after their SUV overturned in a two-vehicle accident in Pinehurst. AberdeenTimes-dot-com says the accident took place on Longleaf Drive East near the Taylor Place intersection. The man, woman and child's injuries are said to be non life-threatening. Security measures are being tightened at St. Pauls High School in Robeson County after a possible threat on Monday. On the school's Facebook page, officials said there had been rumors and discussions about a possible threat, but no details on the alleged threat have been released. State Attorney General Josh Stein on Monday urged U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to provide his office with information related to election security and possible tampering in North Carolina. Stein asked for information about vulnerabilities in the digital election infrastructure being used in North Carolina, as well as what countermeasures can be taken by state, county and federal officials to strengthen election security. (AP) - A judge has found one protester not guilty of toppling a Confederate statue, and dismissed charges against two others. Five more protesters accused of bringing down the monument in Durham last summer face trial at a later date. Judge Fred Battaglia found Raul Jimenez not guilty on Monday of three misdemeanor counts including damaging a public monument and conspiracy. (AP) - Several Duke University students have filed a complaint about the tent city where they line up for basketball tickets, saying it discriminates against people with hearing difficulties. The students' complaint says the tent check policy for the tent city known as Krzyzewskiville violates the equal protection clause of the Duke Student Government Constitution. A dense fog advisory is in effect until noon for most of central North Carolina... Today: Mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle and isolated showers … High near 76. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with isolated showers... Low around 60. Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
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