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North Carolina GOP Chairman Hayes won’t seek re-election

FILE – In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won’t seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. less FILE – In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, … more Photo: Mike Spencer, AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes won’t seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday.

Hayes said the state GOP’s convention in June will be his last leading the party. Convention delegates will choose his successor.

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The 73-year-old Hayes had initially decided to seek another two-year term, but in a news release from the party he said complications from recent hip surgery led him to change his mind.

Hayes also said it’s a "good time to pass the torch to our strong bullpen of Republican Party leaders."

Hayes served as chairman from 2011 to 2013, then returned in 2016 after the ouster of Chairman Hasan Harnett.

After serving two terms in the General Assembly, Hayes was the 8th District congressman from 1999 through 2008. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1996, losing to Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt.

The GOP news release focused on political successes while Hayes was chairman, including presidential vote victories in North Carolina for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016.

Hayes was heavily involved in bringing the 2020 Republican Convention to Charlotte. He will keep his position on the convention host committee.

Hayes "has been one of the most successful NCGOP chairs ever," U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said in the release. "The NCGOP has never been stronger thanks to Robin’s dedicated leadership over the last decade."

A new election was ordered in the 9th Congressional District for late this year after evidence emerged that a political operative in rural Bladen County working for Republican Mark Harris’ campaign last year was illegally collecting ballots.

The next party chairman will work to guide the party through a 2020 election in which races for president, governor and U.S. Senate will be on state ballots. All 170 seats in the General Assembly also will be up for re-election, with control of the 2021 redistricting at stake.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper won in 2016. Democrats made legislative seat gains in 2018 that ended the GOP’s veto-proof control, but Republicans still hold House and Senate majorities.

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Purdue tops North Carolina A&T 14-4 in NCAA elimination game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ben Nisle had four hits and drove in four runs to help Purdue beat North Carolina A&T 14-4 in Saturday’s elimination game at the NCAA Tournament’s Chapel Hill Regional.

Jacson McGowan and Skyler Hunter also drove in a pair of runs for the second-seeded Boilermakers (38-20), who lost to Houston on Friday. Purdue trailed 3-2 after three innings but scored four runs in the fourth then added six in the sixth to take control.

Trent Johnson (3-1) took the win with a scoreless inning of work.

Forest Kimbrell, Dawnoven Smith and Greg White drove in runs for the fourth-seeded Aggies (32-25), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions who lost to regional host and No. 6 national seed North Carolina on Friday.

Michael Johnson (7-2) took the loss, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The game stopped in the eighth for a 2½-hour rain and lightning delay.

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Flooding hits from North Carolina to Florida to New Mexico, more rain headed to Southeast

Flooding has hit from North Carolina to Florida to New Mexico as the Southeast braces for more rain later this week.

Up to 4 inches of rain has fallen near Raleigh, North Carolina, causing flash flooding, stalling cars and prompting water rescues.

Flash flooding stranded drivers and led to road closures in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 21, 2018.

Four more inches of rain brought flooding to some southern Florida neighbors, and some areas have seen more than a foot of rain in the past nine days.

Also, flash flooding prompted water rescues in New Mexico, where at least one person has died.

Emergency workers come to the aid of people stranded by floodwaters in New Mexico, May 21, 2018.

This unsettled pattern will continue around the country with more flash flooding possible in spots.

The biggest threat for flooding will be in the Southeast over the next several days, as tropical moisture continues to stream into the region.

Weather map showing rainfall expected in the Southeast U.S. for Saturday, May 26, 2018.

A disturbance in the northern Caribbean might develop into a tropical or subtropical cyclone over the next several days but, whether it develops or not, more heavy rain is forecast for the Southeast this week.

Some areas could see more than 6 inches of rain today through Saturday.

Weather map showing rainfall expected in the Southeast U.S. for May 22-May 26, 2018.

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North Carolina voters dump Democratic sheriff who backed ICE deportation program

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t even close.

Voters in North Carolina’s largest county, which includes Charlotte, ousted their sheriff last week in a Democratic primary fought over immigration and criminal justice reform.

Advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union, which invested an unusually large amount of money in the race, hope to use it as a model as they look for ways to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown at all levels of government.

"We are absolutely seeking to put folks on notice," said Ronald Newman, the director of strategic initiatives for the civil liberties group.

The ACLU spent $175,000 in Mecklenburg County — almost three times the amount the winner on Tuesday raised in the first quarter of the year — helping to turn around a race that internal polling showed was the incumbent’s to lose.

Garry McFadden, a retired homicide detective who has been recognized by former President Barack Obama, won the three-way primary on Tuesday with 52 percent of vote.

Incumbent Sheriff Irwin Carmichael came in a distant third, with 20 percent of the vote, blaming "outside influences" and the immigration issue for his loss, even as he defended his policies.

There is no Republican on the ballot in the general election, so McFadden is effectively sheriff-elect.

The issue at the center of the campaign was an immigration program known as 287(g), in which local law enforcement agencies partner with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) to turn over undocumented immigrants arrested on unrelated crimes.

The program has taken on new significance as ICE steps up its raids under Trump and cities in blue states rush to declare themselves "sanctuary" cities.

Carmichael defended Mecklenburg County’s participation in the program, even appearing on Fox News in March to push back on critics who "say that we’re ripping families apart."

"I always tell everyone, you will never ever encounter this program unless you are arrested and charged with a crime," he said.

McFadden, who is African-American, ran on a pledge to end local participation in the 287(g) program, improve police transparency, and enhance conditions at the jail run by the department.

He blames the program for creating roadblocks in several murder cases that remain unsolved, arguing that some witnesses refuse to cooperate with police out of fear they’ll be put on ICE’s radar.

"The witnesses are scared," he told NBC News. "We can make progress, but we need to have the community involved."

The ACLU, which only started to get seriously involved in elections after Trump’s unexpected victory, does not support or oppose candidates. Instead, it made a scorecard in this contest explaining where each sheriff candidate stood on key issues like immigration, and advocated for its own stance against the 287 (g) program, using phone banks, canvasses, and radio and digital ads to get the word out.

As Democratic pollster Mark Mellman ‏noted, the Democratic-leaning voters in big cities increasingly want their local officials to stand up to Trump, even in the South.

And while criminal justice reform may have stalled in Washington, advocates are notching victories on the local level.

"These decision are made 100 times more frequently by a sheriff, or DA, or police chief than they are by an individual member of Congress," said the ACLU’s Newman. "On a pure impact-per-dollar perspective, it’s where you can have more impact."

Last year, Philadelphia elected reformist District Attorney Larry Krasner, while a liberal won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the first time in years. Later this month, a candidate favored by reformers is favored to advance in the runoff for sheriff of Dallas County in Texas.

They also hope the outcome is a sign that immigration can be a political winner as Republicans play up fears of undocumented immigrant gangs like MS-13 in campaign ads this year.

McFadden, who once hosted a true-crime TV series based on his career and earned praise from Obama in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, has big plans.

"What I’m going to do here is just going to be totally different," he said. "Now I have a sandbox big enough for all my toys."

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North Carolina teenager accepted into 113 colleges

North Carolina teen accepted to 113 colleges

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A North Carolina teenager recently announced she had been accepted into 113 colleges, WFMY reports.

"When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, ‘Oh wow, this is really happening,’” Jasmine Harrison, 17, told the news station. “I didn’t really think I’d be able to do that by myself.”

The teenager — a student with The Academy at Smith — was also “awarded more than $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships,” WFMY added.

The cost to apply to the dozens of schools reportedly totaled $135, thanks to assistance from the teen’s mom and school staff.


To avoid paying costly application fees, Harrison “took advantage of the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) College Application Week, where she was apple to apply to a number of North Carolina schools for free," the station explained.

She also applied to more than 50 historically black colleges and universities via the Common Black College Application.

“On those late nights when I was filling out those applications with my mom and we just felt like we cannot do this, we just ended up singing gospel songs together to get through the night,” Harrison confided.

The school she picked: Bennet College in Greensboro. It’s one of three that reportedly offered a full ride.

Harrison didn’t get into every school she applied to, however.

The New York Times reports that the high school senior was rejected by Seton Hall University and the University of South Carolina.

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NBA Draft 2018: North Carolina star Luke Maye declares, does not hire agent

North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye has declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent, the school announced on its Twitter account Monday.

Maye was a first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America selection in 2017-18 after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels.

Maye has until May 30 (10 days after the end of the NBA combine) to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to UNC.

"This is a great opportunity for Luke," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said in a press release. "This is what the system is designed to do, which is provide players with an opportunity to work out with NBA teams and get feedback from those teams. Our staff will support Luke and will do whatever we can to help him throughout this process."

Maye was a role player for the Tar Heels as a sophomore in 2016-17 but had a breakout NCAA Tournament. He reached double-digits in three tournament games and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the South Regional. North Carolina went on to win the national title that season.

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Maye was the Tar Heels leading rebounder and second leading scorer this season. He also recorded 17 double-doubles — including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in North Carolina’s second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Texas A&M — and shot 43.1 percent from 3-point range.

Maye does not appear in Sporting News’ latest 2018 NBA mock draft.

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Tarantula burger special sold at North Carolina restaurant has legs

Hungry customers began calling Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, last month in search of their famous tarantula burgers. The restaurant has been serving the eight-legged dish for the past three years in honor of exotic meat month — and this year would be no different, though the establishment pushed the date back a month.

Seth Gross, owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery, began introducing exotic food, including elk, crickets and chocolate-covered bugs, to the menu about seven years ago.

"He was just looking at what kind of food trends are out there how people in other parts of world eat — how they get their protein," Megan Cindrich, self-described "media maven" at Bull City Burger and Brewery, told Fox News. "He thought, ‘Why not have the tarantula?’"

Thus, three years ago, the "Tarantula Challenge" was born.

Throughout the month of April, "adventurous" customers can enter a raffle to eat the unique burger with a side of "dirty fries" for $30. Once your name is picked, you have 48 hours to respond and arrange a date and time to come in.

"Should you be unable to call within the two day period to claim your tarantula, it will be returned to the spider burrow and raffled off to another lucky winner," rules on the restaurant’s website read.

Anyone who completes the challenge will be given a free T-shirt with the restaurant’s logo on it.

"There’s no age limit, so it’s really for an adventurous kid that likes to try new things — like kids that are eating spiders or ants already," Cindrich said.

The exclusive beef burger is topped with gruyere cheese, oven-roasted tarantula, and spicy chili sauce. The tarantulas are "free-ranged" and certified edible, Cindrich confirmed.

Everyone has a unique way of consuming the large burger.

"One person took the tarantula off the burger, dipped it in ketchup and just popped it in there," Cindrich said.

The tarantula burger tastes like a crustacean, Cindrich described. It’s crab-like — salty but bitter, though the chili sauce adds a bit of heat to it.

The "Tarantula Challenge" will continue through the end of the month. So far, six people have participated — with several more scheduled to come in.

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North Carolina beachgoer captures drone footage of Civil War-era shipwreck

Beach goer captures footage of sunken Civil War-era steamer

While vacationing at Holden Beach in North Carolina last week, 42-year-old Brent Garlington spotted what is thought to be a wrecked Civil War-era steamer.

Garlington, of Fayetteville, N.C., flew a drone over the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which is located between Holden Beach and Oak Island. The tide was low because of the full moon, Garlington told Fox News on Tuesday. This prompted him to take a walk on the beach sandbar and ultimately capture the footage using a drone.

Brent Garlington captured the footage while on vacation with his family.

While Garlington didn’t discover the vessel, he believes “this is the first time it has been seen from this perspective."

"You really can’t see it that clearly unless it’s low tide," he added.

The wreckage is believed to be part of a Civil War-era steamer. (Brent Garlington )

Garlington first heard about this particular steamer from his brother-in-law, who’s a pilot and a “big history buff." His brother-in-law spotted the steamer while flying a helicopter over the same area last year. Others have noticed it while fishing or riding on a boat, he said.

“When he told me about it, I thought it was pretty neat,” Garlington said. Since then, he’s wanted to see the wreckage for himself.

Garlington said he wanted to see the steamer for himself ever since his brother-in-law told him about it.

(Brent Garlington)

At first, Garlington wasn’t planning on sharing his footage — but then a fellow beachgoer suggested posting a clip to The Friends of Holden Beach Facebook group. Within 30 minutes, his "phone was blowing up."

“Most people are amazed; they had no idea that it was there,” Garlington said of the reactions to the video. Others commented that they have seen the wreckage, but “never from that angle,” he said.

Separately, in 2016, researchers with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources found a submerged Civil War-era steamer which is “believed to possibly be the remains of one of three blockade runners used to penetrate the wall of Union naval vessels blocking the port of Wilmington during the Civil War,” the organization said at the time.

A representative for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Fox News on Tuesday.

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Russia wants to erect a statue in one North Carolina city. Result: a mini Cold War

Back in World War II when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were allied against the Nazis, hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained on the North Carolina coast as part of a secret spy project. But now, an effort to honor their mission has triggered a miniature Cold War in a small American city.

The Russian Ministry of Defense wants to place a 25-ton bronze monument in Elizabeth City, where the recently declassified Project Zebra was carried out. Russia would pay for the 13-foot-tall monument, with the city footing the bill for improvements to the as-yet-undeveloped park on the Pasquotank River where it would be located.

But amid international tensions and fears about Russian hacking of U.S. elections, elected officials in this North Carolina city have rejected a memorandum of understanding that was to be the next step.

One council member warned that the monument could be a Trojan horse. Johnnie Walton worries the Russians could put something in it that could be triggered remotely to disrupt the internet or electrical grid.

"Russia is known for hacking now. They’re experts at hacking, and then we’ve got the largest Coast Guard base [that] can’t help anybody because our computers have gone down, because Russia controls our mouse," Walton said at a committee meeting, according to the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City.

A Russian-American joint commission on prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action wanted the monument in Elizabeth City because of a top-secret World War II operation at the U.S. Coast Guard station there. Declassified just a few years ago, Project Zebra helped train about 300 Soviet aviators. Their mission was to find German submarines and bomb them.

One night in 1945, three Russians, a Ukrainian and a Canadian were killed when a seaplane bound for Russia crashed in the Pasquotank River. Their sacrifice was never publicly recognized, and the crash was forgotten for decades.

After Project Zebra was declassified in 2013, efforts slowly developed to honor it with a monument, which would feature three aviator figures — one each from the Soviet Union, U.S. and Britain.

Located in northeastern North Carolina near the Virginia border, Elizabeth City was founded in 1793 and has a population of about 18,000. Locals describe the area as progressive in some ways but also fiscally conservative.

In 2013, the local Republican Party challenged an African American college student’s candidacy for City Council. Eventually, the State Board of Elections interceded, and the student ran for office and won.

Public discussion has played out along mostly racial lines; four of the five council members who oppose the monument are black, and two of three who support it are white. At one meeting, council member Darius Horton asked the city manager whether Elizabeth City has any monuments to minorities or women.

Information about the monument didn’t filter to the African American community as well as it did to the white community, said Hezekiah Brown, one of two citizens who spoke against it. Not that he’s convinced that more information would matter.

"We’re at war with Russia still. We’re in a cyberwar here," Brown said. "They interfered in our election. And they’ve not said they won’t do it again. … The war has to end. Then you do something. You don’t do it while you’re at war."

For its part, Russia is sensitive to actions it regards as disrespectful to the Soviet Union’s military campaign against Nazi Germany. In 2007, weeks of cyberattacks shut down websites of government ministries, banks and news media in the former Soviet republic of Estonia amid a dispute with Moscow over plans to relocate a statue of a Red Army soldier in the capital, Tallinn. Estonian officials accused Russia of orchestrating the onslaught.

Elected officials in Elizabeth City also are hearing from citizens such as Rick Boyd, who turned in a petition with 569 local signatures supporting the project. He said 200 other people have signed an online petition. The monument offers the two rival nations a chance "to show that we worked together in the past and that we can work together in the future," he told the council.

"Those people’s relatives live in Russia," he said. "Give them the opportunity to ride by on a Sunday, say a prayer, do all the things that people do when you’re memorializing somebody."

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First Four: Texas Southern routs North Carolina Central for first NCAA tournament win

Texas Southern got its first NCAA tournament win, a 64-46 rout of North Carolina Central in a First Four game on Wednesday night.

Demontrae Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 guard, had 25 points and eight rebounds to lift No. 16 seed Texas Southern (16-19), which became the first team with a losing record to win a tournament game. The Tigers started the season 0-13 against a rough schedule and didn’t win a game until Jan. 1. They face No. 1 seed Xavier on Friday.

A historically black college in Houston, Texas Southern slipped into the First Four by getting hot and winning the Southwest Athletic College tournament. The Tigers then were paired with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament winner N.C. Central, another historically black school that was making its second straight appearance in Dayton for a play-in game with a new starting lineup.

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