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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday April 20, 2018 -- and today is Lima Bean Respect Day. We have to admit that lima beans aren't our favorite, but, well, we guess we have to respect them. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Officials at Fort Bragg are investigating a claim that a same-sex couple was not allowed to attend a marriage retreat. WRAL-dot-com reports an Army sergeant and her wife wanted to attend a retreat sponsored by the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, but were denied. Major Scott Squires, who was facilitating the event said his religious denomination does not recognize same-sex marriages and apparently told the couple they would not be welcome. They took their complaint to command, resulting in an investigation into Squires. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is coming to North Carolina today for some Republican fundraising and promoting President Trump's tax overhaul law. Pence will be in the state today for events benefiting a North Carolina congressman and the Republican National Committee. And he's speaking at a Charlotte event sponsored by a nonprofit group backing Trump's agenda. This devastating flu season is winding down... two flu-related deaths were reported last week in North Carolina. So far this season, flu has killed a record 372 people statewide, the vast majority of whom were age 65 and older. High School Students in Chapel Hill plan another walkout for gun control today, but this time, students who miss school to participate will not have the support of school officials, and may face consequences ranging from a phone call to parents, to in-school suspensions. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports school officials supported a walkout last month, but they see today's walkout differently because students plan to leave campus and walk several miles to the Peace and Justice Plaza. Governor Roy Cooper Thursday shared his recommendations and requests to improve school safety and youth mental health. He will recommend 130 million dollars to protect students and prevent school violence. Cooper announced his school safety package at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. (AP) - North Carolina prison officials say more than nine out of 10 prison workers charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones or committing other crimes behind bars escaped prison time. The Department of Public Safety found just four of the 57 prison employees charged with crimes between 2013 and 2017 landed behind bars themselves. Dylan Adams has been arrested for allegedly using more than 53-hundred dollars worth of counterfeit coupons at a Lowes Foods store in Asheboro. WRAL-dot-com reports that after police were contacted by the store in November, they used surveillance video and a license plate number to track Adams down. He faces 14 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. If convicted, he could serve 25 months in jail. Today: (Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise,) sunny, with a high near 65. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday April 19, 2018 -- and today is National Garlic Day. Well why not? It's always national something day. By the way, it's also National Bicycle Day. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A four-hour speed enforcement operation in Pinehurst on Tuesday resulted in 68 charges including speeding violations, driving without a license or with a revoked license, careless and reckless, and several other charges. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports Pinehurst Police and several other law enforcement agencies conducted the operation on 15-501, and Midland Road between 10 AM and 2 PM. (AP) - The gates are opening wider for North Carolina voters to cast ballots for next month's primary elections as early one-stop voting begins. There will be at least one site open Thursday in each of the state's 100 counties. Nearly 300 sites will be operational during the early-voting period before it ends May 5. The primary election day is May 8. (AP) — Fort Bragg has dedicated a school to a woman forced out of her job after she pushed to allow black students to attend classes, years before a national court case made school segregation illegal. The Mildred B. Poole Elementary School is the first school on the Army post that’s not named for a soldier. Mildred Poole was the first chief administrator and principal of the Fort Bragg school system in 1948. (AP) - Two state agencies have reached an agreement on a proposed increase for homeowners' insurance. The North Carolina Department of Insurance and the Rate Bureau have settled on a 4.8 percent increase statewide. The Rate Bureau had sought an 18.7 percent rate increase. (AP) - Recent graduates of a now-closed law school all failed the bar exam. Eleven graduates of the Charlotte School of law that took the bar exam for the first time in February all failed. It had the lowest passing rate of any of the seven law schools in North Carolina. The school lost its operating license last summer and closed. Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday in honor of the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Cooper says "Barbara Bush was an inspiration for millions of Americans and families around the world.” There's a new service that will allow patients to consult with a doctor at a considerably lower cost than a visit to urgent care. UNC Urgent Care 24/7 is not intended for life-threatening situations like a possible heart attack, but include allergies, coughs, fever, nausea and the like. The patient connects by phone or on-line and the doctor can diagnose, recommend treatment and write prescriptions. Cost depends on patients' insurance coverage. It can be accessed at UNCurgentcare247-dot-com. Today: Sunny, with a temperature rising to near 68 by 11am, then falling to around 57 during the remainder of the day. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 37. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Sunrise in the Sandhills It hardly seems possible, but it was two years ago today that I took over as host of "Sunrise in the Sandhills" on WIOZ. And I am so very glad to be here at Muirfield Broadcasting, working with a truly wonderful group of people. --Steve
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday April 18, 2018 -- and we were saddened this morning to learn of the death of Barbara Bush -- the former first lady and mother of George W. Bush. You may or not be a Bush fan, but she always carried herself with class, dignity and wit. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Emergency repairs will necessitate the closing of part of State Highway 5 in Pinehurst, between Morganton Road and Highway 2. Recent storms have contributed to the deterioration of a cross-line pipe under the road Highway five will close at 9 this morning, and re-open tomorrow, and detours will be clearly marked. ((northbound traffic will turn right onto Morganton Road, left onto 15-501 to the traffic circle, then to Route 211 to the end of the detour. Southbound drivers will turn left on Cherokee Road to the traffic circle, then onto 15-501 toward Aberdeen, then right onto Morganton Road to the end of the detour. )) Fayetteville Police are looking for Erza Elliott and Tajj Elliot, both sixteen, in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Karon Howard earlier this month. As WRAL-dot-com reports, Howard was found in a car in Fayetteville on April 8 with gunshot wounds. He died later in the day. The suspects, who are related to each other, were last seen over a week ago. Thousands of people showed up at a church in Greensboro yesterday to drop off supplies ranging from bottled water to clothing and batteries... as WRAL-dot-com reports they're volunteers stepping up to help in the recovery efforts after an EF2 tornado hit Guilford County Sunday night, killed one person and inflicted heavy damage. Several schools sustained significant damage and students will be relocated to other buildings in the coming days. (AP) - Current and former law enforcement leaders say having more highly-qualified armed officers working in North Carolina schools requires more job training and prestige, not just money to hire them. They spoke Tuesday to a House subcommittee looking at ways to improve school safety. (AP) - North Carolina's highest court is considering whether a clean-energy advocacy group illegally sold solar power to one church to undercut the monopoly power of the state's electric utilities. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday sorted through differing descriptions of the 2015 deal which saw the group NC WARN install solar panels atop a Greensboro church. (AP) - Toby the cat has finally found a new family after the folks he felt the closest to tried to have him put down. The cat was given away after his original family no longer wanted him, but he apparently walked 12 miles to be with his first humans. The SPCA of Wake County said the initial owners wanted the cat euthanized, but the shelter sought the agency's help and found the 7-year-old cat a new home. (AP) - A Charlotte city councilwoman is questioning the reality of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. LaWana Mayfield posted on her Facebook page Monday a link to an article citing a "European Scientific Journal" which said the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York were "a controlled demolition." Mayfield also said she's waiting for someone to produce pieces of the "alleged plane that opened the doors for US citizens to (lose) all privacy rights." The National Weather Service says low relative humidity and gusty winds today will result in an elevated fire danger... outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. Today: Sunny, with a high near 82. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

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