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Biden to deliver first primetime address as president on anniversary of COVID-19 shutdowns

Biden to deliver first primetime address as president on anniversary of COVID-19 shutdowns

WASHINGTON (WNCN) — Joe Biden will deliver his first primetime address as president on Thursday, commemorating one year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the nation.White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the president’s intentions in her daily press briefing Monday.“The president will deliver his first prime time address to commemorate the one year anniversary of the COVID–19 shutdown on Thursday. He will discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made over the last year and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered,” Psaki...

March 8, 2021
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In NC, if you’ve smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, you can get vaccinated starting March 24

In NC, if you’ve smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, you can get vaccinated starting March 24

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina is moving to vaccinate those in Group 4 against COVID-19 beginning on March 24.As part of Group 4, if you are a smoker (current or former) who has consumed at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, you too can get vaccinated, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 16-64 years old at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness. People experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated people who have not been vaccinated are also included.NCDHHS also shared clarifications for Groups 1 and 4. The definition of...

March 3, 2021
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Gov. Cooper to lift state-wide curfew while easing other COVID-19 restrictions

Gov. Cooper to lift state-wide curfew while easing other COVID-19 restrictions

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper is easing some COVID-19-related restrictions while lifting the state-wide curfew on Friday.“That means no more curfew starting Friday, and more opportunities to gather, shop and attend events if done safely,” Cooper said.The mandatory mask mandate won’t change.Cooper said a new executive order will ease several restrictions.Many businesses and venues will be able to stay at or expand to 50 percent occupancy while still maintaining health and safety protocols.Gyms, museums, aquariums, barbers, pools, outdoor amusement parks, retail establishments,...

February 24, 2021
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Gov. Cooper activates National Guard to help with winter storm cleanup

Gov. Cooper activates National Guard to help with winter storm cleanup

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper said he has activated the North Carolina National Guard to help with tree and debris removal as more rainfall is expected Thursday afternoon into evening.As Cooper took the podium at 2 p.m., he said there are 23,000 customers without power due to frozen precipitation – most in the western and northern part of the state.“With rainfall expected this afternoon and evening, there is a serious threat for river flooding and flash flooding in the eastern half of the state,” Cooper said. “This is especially true at the Tar River near Greenville and the Lumber...

February 18, 2021
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Cary police investigate after woman reported missing

Cary police investigate after woman reported missing

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Cary police said they are investigating a woman’s disappearance after she was last seen at her home Wednesday morning.Sara Margaret DeFusco, 44, was last seen at her home on Medlin Drive just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Medlin Drive is near the intersection of SW Maynard Road and W. Chatham Street, southwest of downtown Cary.She was driving a blue 2014 Nissan Versa with North Carolina license plate FAE-6008, police said.She was wearing a knee-length olive green winter jacket with sweat pants.Further information was not immediately available.Anyone with information on...

January 8, 2021
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NC Rep. Greg Murphy announces intention to object to Electoral College votes

NC Rep. Greg Murphy announces intention to object to Electoral College votes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Republican Rep. Greg Murphy (NC-03) announced Tuesday morning his intention to “object to certain Electoral Votes” during Wednesday’s presidential election certification, according to a news release from his office.Murphy explained his decision by saying that, “Americans deserve a free, fair, and accurate election. One in which all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, have confidence in the results.”Murphy was North Carolina GOP members who supported a Texas lawsuit challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in key states.That lawsuit, which claimed...

January 5, 2021
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UC Berkeley student missing in San Francisco: officials

UC Berkeley student missing in San Francisco: officials

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A UC Berkeley student, from Chapel Hill, has vanished in San Francisco, deputies say.Sydney West, 19, of Chapel Hill, was living in the San Francisco area since late August. She is a student at UC Berkeley in California, according to a Sunday news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.West “has not had any contact with friends or family since September 30,” the news release said.Deputies said that West’s last known location was in downtown San Francisco near Chrissy Field, which is near the Golden Gate Bridge.Officials said they are asking anyone in...

October 4, 2020
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Vice President Pence plans visit to Thales Academy in Apex this week

Vice President Pence plans visit to Thales Academy in Apex this week

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Just two days after President Trump visited the Triangle, Vice President Mike Pence appears to be headed to the area.Pence is planning a trip Wednesday to Thales Academy in Apex, according to parents who received notification. He plans to visit the kindergarten through fifth-grade portion of the school.The private school .School leaders say they implemented additional safety guidelines for the academic year which include, staggered class change times, social distancing, prohibiting mass gatherings and sharing school supplies.Students are also expected to follow state...

July 28, 2020
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Report: North Carolina ranks among the top 25 in the world for worst coronavirus outbreaks

Report: North Carolina ranks among the top 25 in the world for worst coronavirus outbreaks

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — According to a report, North Carolina is ranked among the top 25 in the entire world for the worst COVID-19 outbreaks.Right now, North Carolina is 25th in the world for worst coronavirus outbreaks. According to a chart by the  showing the newest cases per million, the Tar Heel state comes in right below South Africa.North Carolina’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to go up on Friday with the state health department reporting an additional 12 patients.The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said 1,046 patients are in the hospital in relation to...

July 10, 2020
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Gov. Cooper: Public schools will be open for in-person and virtual learning

Gov. Cooper: Public schools will be open for in-person and virtual learning

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper said North Carolina public schools will be open for both in-person and remote learning this fall.All-remote learning will be an option for some school districts, Cooper said.“After working with health experts, school superintendents, teachers and more, we plan to put those protections in place and open our schools in a careful way,” Cooper said.Face masks will be required for every teacher, staff and student from kindergarten through high school.The state will provide at least five reusable face coverings for everyone in schools.“The studies have shown...

July 14, 2020
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