Tree falls on pickup truck, no one hurt

A large tree fell Tuesday afternoon on a pickup in the 2900 block of Old Salisbury Road, but the truck’s occupants were not injured, authorities said.

Winston-Salem police blocked Old Salisbury Road near Jasper Lane, Darwick Road and Paragon Drive for a crew to remove the tree, police said. That section of Old Salisbury Road was closed for several hours, but reopened Tuesday night.

Duke Energy Corp. reported that 1,374 of its customers had lost power Tuesday night, according to its website.

John Hinton

North Stratford Road closure today

North Stratford Road will be closed in the vicinity of Robinhood Road today for work by the City-County Utilities Department, the city announced.

The closure will be between Sussex Lane and Greenbrier Road and last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workers will be repairing a water main.

Work will continue with temporary closures on Thursday and again on Monday for repaving work.

City officials said detours will be posted, but that motorists should plan ahead for taking alternate routes through the area.

Wesley Young

Elections board picks chair as decision looms

RALEIGH — The North Carolina elections board has a new leader ahead of a decision on what kind of voting machines are secure against efforts to alter ballots.

The state Board of Elections voted Tuesday to make nonprofit executive Damon Circosta of Raleigh its new chairman. Gov. Roy Cooper last week picked Circosta as the Democrat to replace former chairman Bob Cordle, who resigned after telling a crude joke .

Circosta was politically unaffiliated last year when he was named chairman of a different version of the elections board. He now joins two other Democrats and two Republicans.

The elections board later this month is expected to decide whether the next generation of voting machines should be required to furnish a paper printout so voters can read and confirm their ballots.

The Associated Press

Man shot, killed while driving stolen tractor

ASHEBORO — Authorities say a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who they said rammed his patrol car with a stolen tractor and nearly rolled it.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office says on its Facebook page that the deputy encountered the tractor Tuesday morning driving erratically down the center of N.C. Highway 22/42. Its headlights were off, and the tractor eventually went through a yard and caused damage.

The sheriff’s office says the man, identified as 20-year-old Cole Steele Jessup, turned the tractor toward the deputy and rammed his patrol car before the deputy fired at the driver. Jessup was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy, who was not hurt, has been placed on administrative leave. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

The Associated Press

Authorities identify airline worker killed

CHARLOTTE — Authorities in North Carolina have identified the man killed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport when a baggage-hauling vehicle he was driving flipped, pinning him underneath.

In a news release, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police identified the man as 24-year-old Kendrick Darrell Hudson. Hudson was an employee of Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

Police said in the news release that Hudson was transporting baggage on an airport vehicle called a tug when he made a hard right turn to avoid hitting luggage that had fallen on the tarmac, but the tug hit it and rolled over.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Labor said Monday the agency has opened an investigation that’s likely to take several months.

Piedmont operates many American Eagle flights in Charlotte, a major hub for American.

The Associated Press

Groups ask N.C. to revoke pipeline permit

RALEIGH — Environmental groups that promote renewable energy want North Carolina regulators to cancel a key state water quality permit issued to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Leaders of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth announced a petition Tuesday to the Department of Environmental Quality, asking that the January 2018 permit be revoked.

Legal challenges have delayed construction of the 600-mile pipeline, which is designed to carry natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.

The petition says the department’s water quality division lacked key information about the pipeline’s potential extension into South Carolina. It says additional infrastructure built in Robeson County will disproportionately harm members of the Lumbee tribe who live there.

The Associated Press

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