Morning News Briefs: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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Vaughan, Moffett Among Winners In Area Mayoral Primary Races
Incumbent Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Diane Moffett have advanced to the general election in the Greensboro mayoral race. Vaughan got 61 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election, with Moffett receiving 22 percent and John Brown getting 17 percent.
Jay Wagner and Bruce Davis will face off in the High Point mayoral race.
Incumbent Mayor Ian Baltutis and Celo Faucette advanced to the general election in Burlington’s mayoral race.
It looks like a runoff will be required to determine the next mayor of North Carolina's capital city.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's voting showed Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane fell short of the majority required to win a fourth term in office.
McFarlane won 48.5 percent of the vote. Attorney Charles Francis finished with 36.7 percent and can request a runoff since McFarlane did not receive a majority of the votes.
A runoff would be held Nov. 7.
Lane Closures Set For Business 40 Through Winston-Salem
Motorists using Business 40 through Winston-Salem will need to find alternate routes as work crews prepare to close some lanes at night.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the work is scheduled to begin on Oct. 23 as part of a highway improvement project. The N.C. Department of Transportation said the inside lanes of Business 40 will be closed nightly at the Peters Creek Parkway interchange from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. so that workers can build the center bridge supports for the new parkway bridge.
On Oct. 25, the contractor will detour eastbound Business 40 traffic onto the Peters Creek Parkway exit ramp. Drivers will re-enter Business 40 using the on-ramp from midnight to 6 a.m. nightly.
The closures will last until early December.
Lawmakers Restless On Pay, Severance At Mental Health Agency
North Carolina legislators are getting restless waiting for state regulators to act against a regional managed-care mental health agency that's the subject of a second critical report this year on leadership pay and benefits.
The Department of Health and Human Services presented to a General Assembly committee on Tuesday its own interim report examining practices of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions following a scathing state auditor's review in May. The state audit found Cardinal spent excessively on salaries for top executives, conferences and Christmas parties.
Top committee members suggested Cardinal's massive state contract should be canceled if changes aren't made quickly.
Ex-North Carolina Police Officer Sentenced In Bribery Case
A former North Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking bribes from a drug trafficking operation in exchange for protecting shipments.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release Tuesday that 33-year-old Antonio Tillman, who worked for the Windsor Police Department, was also ordered by a federal judge to serve five years of supervised release.
Tillman was found guilty in May of drug, firearm, and bribery charges.
Man Appears In Court In Airport Explosive Case
A man accused of leaving an explosive device at a North Carolina airport has been assigned a defense attorney at an initial court appearance.
The federal court docket says that Michael Christopher Estes was advised of his rights and charges by a federal magistrate judge Tuesday. He's accused of attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosives at an airport.
Authorities found the Mason jar filled with explosive chemicals Friday at the Asheville airport and rendered it safe. Estes was arrested the next day.
*An earlier version of the Morning Headlines misidentified Business 40 as Business Interstate 40. This story has been updated to reflect this correction.