Morning News Briefs: Thursday, November 8th, 2018
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Democratic Gains Means Several GOP Incumbents Lose
Democratic successes in North Carolina General Assembly races mean several Republican incumbents won't return in 2019, while others are in races still considered too close to call.
At least seven GOP incumbents from Wake and Mecklenburg counties lost Tuesday. They include GOP Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary, the senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who lost to Democrat Julie von Haefen.
A senior chairman of the House Finance Committee, GOP Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews, led Democrat Rachel Hunt by only about 50 votes, with absentee ballots still trickling in. Hunt is the daughter of former four-term Gov. Jim Hunt.
In another razor-thin result that's not been settled, GOP Sen. Michael Lee of Wilmington trailed Democrat Harper Peterson by less than 40 votes.
McCready Concedes To Harris In North Carolina Congress Race
Democratic candidate Dan McCready has conceded to Republican Mark Harris in their close race for a North Carolina congressional seat.
McCready announced late Wednesday he had spoken with Harris to congratulate him on his victory in the south-central 9th District. The Associated Press has not yet called the race.
With all precincts reporting, Harris leads McCready by less than 1,900 votes.
Official Cites Discrepancy In Votes In North Carolina County
Election officials say there was a discrepancy in votes collected at a one-stop voting site in Lenoir County, in eastern North Carolina.
Vote reporting in the county was delayed on Tuesday due to nearly 900 one-stop votes going missing. WITN - TV reports that the culprit was three corrupt computer cards - one that came from a voting machine that crashed.
But officials say there are redundancies in place, so every vote was counted.
The problem was discovered when the number of one-stop votes wasn’t adding up correctly. At that time, results for Lenoir County had been posted to the state board's website, but were then taken down.
FBI Asks For Video Taken Near Where Girl Was Kidnapped
The FBI wants people to surrender surveillance video recorded near where a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
The News and Observer reports the agency asked Wednesday for those with video recordings to contact it immediately. Authorities circulated a photo of Hania Noelia Aguilar across several states Tuesday.
Family members say the eighth-grader went outside Monday morning to start a relative's SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into a green Ford Expedition with the South Carolina license plate NWS 984 and drove off.
Police Accuse 11-Year-Old Of Putting Pins In Halloween Candy
Police in North Carolina have accused an 11-year-old of placing straight pins inside Halloween candy.
The Salisbury Post quotes the Rowan County Sheriff's Office as saying the child faces felony charges, and has been referred to juvenile court and recommended for a mental evaluation.
A father reported his 12-year-old son bit into a mini-Snickers bar from his Halloween candy and noticed something was stuck to the roof of his mouth. The father says it was a straight pin.
A second family also reported a mini-Snickers bar with a metal object inside.
North Carolina Police Chief Resigns In Wake Of Beating Video
A North Carolina police chief has announced her resignation in the wake of a video which showed one of her officers beating a black pedestrian.
According to the Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville City Manager Cathy Ball announced Wednesday Police Chief Tammy Hooper will resign effective Jan. 2 and will pursue consulting opportunities. Hooper was hired in 2015.