Morning News Briefs: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
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Incumbent Republicans Retain Regional House Seats, Dems Take Sheriff's Races
- Incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx defeated Democratic challenger D.D. Adams in the race for the U.S. 5th District Seat.
- First-term incumbent Ted Budd defeated Democratic challenger Kathy Manning in the race for the U.S. 13th District seat.
- Incumbent Republican Mark Walker defeated Democratic challenger Ryan Watts in the race for the U.S. 6th District seat.
- Democrat Anita Earls unseated Associate Justice Barbara Jackson in the lone race for North Carolina’s Supreme Court. The win gives Democrats five of the seven seats on the court. Republicans had the majority just two years ago.
- Black Democrats defeated incumbent white sheriffs in two local races. In Guilford County, Danny Rogers defeated BJ Barnes. In Forsyth County, Bobby Kimbrough defeated Bill Schatzman.
4 Constitutional Amendments Pass
Four of the six constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot will become law after North Carolina voters gave them a thumbs up.
The proposals on voter ID, the right to hunt and fish, a new tax cap, and victim’s rights will all become part of the state constitution.
Meanwhile, the two amendments that would have stripped power away from Governor Roy Cooper were easily defeated.
Dems Break GOP Supermajority
Democrats picked up enough legislative seats to break the GOP supermajority in the state House.
They needed to pick up four House seats to break the Republicans’ veto-proof majority and won at least eight. The victories give more power to Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat.
Democrats fell short of winning enough seats to take over majorities in either chamber. Republicans have had control of the General Assembly since 2010.
Chicken-And-Biscuit Chain Bojangles' Sold To New York Firms
A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuit chain has been sold to a pair of New York firms.
Bojangles', which is headquartered in Charlotte, announced on its webpage Tuesday that it has agreed to be purchased in an all-cash deal by Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company, L.P.
The deal, subject to shareholder approval, is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. Bojangles' said in a statement that when the deal closes, it will remain as an independent, privately-held company and keep its Charlotte headquarters.
Death Related To Hepatitis A Outbreak Is Confirmed
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A.
According to a news release, the death happened in October. Additional details about the case are not being released.
An average of 41 cases of hepatitis A were reported each year in North Carolina from 2013-2017, and a total of 64 cases have already been reported this year as of the end of October.
UNC-Chapel Hill To Resume Classes 2 Days After Water Issues
Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say classes will resume Wednesday, two days after a water main break forced a cancellation.
An announcement on the school's news webpage said the campus would resume normal operations at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with classes beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. A boil water advisory remains in effect for the campus and surrounding areas.