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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday November 13, 2019 -- and it's going to be a cold sunny day. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Hampton Inn in Aberdeen was evacuated last night after smoke set off alarms around 9:30 – SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the displaced guests were taken to the Marriott across the parking lot while firefighters searched for the source of the smoke. It turned out that a malfunctioning HVAC unit on the roof had sent smoke throughout the building through air ducts. One of three teenagers who were injured in an accident Sunday night in Johnston County has died... 15-year-old Ethan Michael Handly of Smithfield was a passenger in a minivan that was rammed... the driver of the van was killed in the crash, and one other teen was killed. 34-year-old Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez of Smithfield is charged with two counts each of felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle. (AP) — State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson has decided he'll run for lieutenant governor next year, instead of seeking re-election. Johnson announced on Tuesday that he wants a different office than superintendent of public instruction, which he won in 2016. Now he'll join a crowded March GOP primary field with at least six other announced candidates for lieutenant governor. (AP) — North Carolina's insurance commissioner for eight years through 2016 wants the job again. Democrat Wayne Goodwin announced on Tuesday he'll run for commissioner next year, setting up a potential rematch with current Commissioner Mike Causey, the Republican who beat him in 2016. Goodwin has been the state Democratic Party chair since his defeat. (AP) — A group of North Carolina jail inmates is challenging Alamance County’s cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of three inmates who say they can’t afford cash bail amounts of more than one-thousand dollars. Two of the inmates are only facing misdemeanor charges. ReBuild NC is seeking public input on a draft Action Plan for spending 168 million dollars in Federal Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation funding to the State of North Carolina. It's an opportunity for the state to assist areas damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The Draft Action Plan can be found at rebuild-dot-nc-dot-gov, and comments are being accepted until December 23rd.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday November 12, 2019 -- and we're in for a cold, rainy day today... Chief Meteorologist Brad Huffines has our complete forecast this morning. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: When navigating the new traffic circle at Midland Road and Highway 22 Monday, the driver of a large truck carrying chickens overturned and blocked traffic for several hours... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the driver was not injured, and Southern Pines Police said another truck was dispatched to pick up the chickens and take them to their destination. (AP) — Legislation that retools the process by which repeatedly academic low-performing North Carolina public schools can be taken over by outside operators has become law. Governor Roy Cooper provided neither his signature nor veto stamp to the bill by late Sunday, so the state constitution says it's now law. Cooper say he's still "fundamentally opposed" to the Innovative School District concept. The Moore County Board of Commissioners has approved technology upgrades for the Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Social Services. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports 115 computers for DSS will be purchased for 86-thousand dollars. The Sheriff's office will also spend 86-thousand dollars on 31 new portable radios. All current radio equipment will be replaced, over several years. 34-year-old Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez of Smithfield was arrested Monday in connection with an accident in which one person died and five others were injured. WNCN-TV reports a 15-year-old suffered a broken back and neck and was listed as not having any brain function, a 14-year-old suffered a spinal injury and another a fractured neck and spinal injury. Juarez-Antunez faces charges of felony serious injury by vehicle and felony death by vehicle. At least two people were taken to the hospital and nearly one hundred residents were transferred to other facilities after a mysterious odor was reported Monday at an assisted living facility in Johnston County. WRAL reports that the smell was from Blastercorp, an industrial grade product that serves as a cleaner and lubricant. Two workers were taken to Johnston Health after the complained of not feeling well. They were checked out and released (AP) — The Guilford County school system is considering a policy change that would prevent high school students from being denied a meal because they can't afford it. High school students would be able to charge their meals under the proposed change. The current policy allows elementary and middle school students to charge up to five lunches and five breakfasts. The cafeteria then gives them a pared down meal if they can't pay for them. (AP) — A fast-food restaurant in Roxboro has fired at least one employee after a cashier refused to serve an officer. Roxboro Police Chief David Hess says a police sergeant visited a Cook Out restaurant last week and was denied service by a cashier. Hess said that after word about what happened spread on social media, the cashier was fired.
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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday November 11, 2019 -- Veterans' Day. Sincere gratitude to all those who served, and who are now on active duty. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Demolition of Pinehurst Elementary School will begin tomorrow. The building is being torn down to make way for a new school, which will be twice its size. According to the Village of Pinehurst website, residents should expect increased noise, vibrations and construction traffic. The demolition is expected to take two months. There were no serious injuries in a Friday night head-on collision involving three vehicles on Highway 690 at Johnson Grove Road outside Vass. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports a Ford F-150 sideswiped a Nissan truck and then hit an SUV head-on... all three vehicles were extensively damaged. In Johnston County on Saturday, a man died when he lost control of his vehicle... WRAL reports 20-year-old Joseph Martin was killed in the accident near Kenly, just before 7:00 PM. Troopers said he wasn't wearing a seat belt when he lost control, hit a driveway culvert and then a tree before ending up in a ditch. (AP) — North Carolina income tax filers will get more generous breaks on their returns soon but could pay more upfront sales taxes for online purchases in a measure signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper. Cooper's signing announcement came several hours after he vetoed another bill that would have reduced corporate franchise taxes. The measure signed on Friday increases the standard deduction with 2020 returns. (AP) — North Carolina has one of the country's largest collections of poorly maintained dams that could put peoples' lives at risk. An Associated Press investigation identified 168 high-hazard dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition, second only to Georgia. A high hazard dam is one where failure likely would result in the loss of human life. A man wanted in New Jersey and Pennsylvania was arrested Sunday in Wake Forest. WRAL reports 26-year-old Lavert Darren Conway of Hackensack, New Jersey is charged with violating a court order in his home state, and of a rape in Pennsylvania. He's also charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13. He's held in the Wake County Detention Center on 5-million dollars bond. The mother of a 4-year-old child in Kannapolis has been arrested and her boyfriend is being sought... WBTV reports an investigation determined the child received multiple serious injuries as a result of abuse. The mother, Jamie Adams and Raheem Deshawn Johnson are charged with felony child abuse. Adams was arrested on October 31, but Johnson is still on the loose.

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