Multiple states are issuing new coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to rise. On Tuesday, the governors of North Carolina, Iowa and Minnesota held press conferences in which they provided updates on their COVID-19 responses.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said during his conference that the state will stay in phase three of reopening plans for at least three more weeks. Cooper also announced he will be reducing the limit on indoor gatherings.
“As you can see, these numbers are too high,” he stated. “Considering our trends and cooler weather driving events indoors, North Carolina will remain paused in our current phase three and we will adjust our indoor gathering limit down from 25 to 10 people.”
This week, North Carolina reached a record-high seven day average for new coronavirus cases after topping over 2,400.
Meanwhile, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) issued a number of new restrictions, including a mask mandate for indoor gatherings surpassing 25 people and 100 people for outdoor events.
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National Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Ken Dilanian has attributed a profane on-air outburst that coincided with Tuesday’s breaking news that President Donald Trump won the state of North Carolina to “some technical difficulties” and the “Perils of playing producer, cameraman and tech support all at the same time from home.
Viewers of MSNBC were caught off guard when Dilanian did not respond to a question from host Craig Melvin, and instead appeared to look down at his phone several times and become very visibly alarmed.
“Oh s**t, f**k,” Dilanian gasped.
The camera quickly cut away from Dilanian and back to Melvin, who was caught at a momentary loss for words before saying, “Okay.”
President Trump has won the contested state of North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes, according to Decision Desk HQ.
In other words, this is the start of the comeback for President Trump, who has a great shot at defeating voter fraud and ultimately winning the election.
Trump won North Carolina despite its state election board unconstitutionally extending Election Day until Nov. 12, suggesting that the president likely won the state by a much larger margin if potential voter fraud is considered.
North Carolina, a crucial state that President Donald Trump seeks to win to keep his re-election hopes alive, reportedly will not update its election results for over a week.
“NBC News estimates that about 300,000 votes are left to be tallied, but counting in North Carolina has not resumed during the day Wednesday following Election Day,” NBC News reported. “The final count is delayed because the vast majority of county boards of elections won’t start counting the absentee and provisional ballots until Nov. 12 — so totals won’t be updated for more than one week.”
North Carolina’s results won’t just have a potentially significant impact on who wins the presidential election, it will also play a key role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate. With 95% of the election results reported, Trump holds a 50.1% to 48.7% lead over Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. In the state’s Senate race, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) holds a 48.7% to 46.9% lead over Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham.
Election results in North Carolina are expected to be delayed after the State Board of Elections extended voting time at four polling sites.
The board moved to increase voting times at two sites in Sampson County, N.C. as well as locations in Cabarrus and Guilford County due to earlier delays.
According to state policy mandates, results can not be released before polls close. This means the extension will delay the release of results by at least 45 minutes than originally planned.
Kamala Harris was in Asheville, NC on Wednesday for a campaign rally, but almost nobody showed up.
The cameras, upon zooming out and panning around at the get-out the vote event, showed just six people present. If there were more people attending, they did not appear on camera, and crowd sounds were not audible.
According to Brietbart, the Asheville event had had to be rescheduled due to concerns when two members of Harris’s staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a story that flew under the radar last month, the University of North Carolina unveiled a system that will enforce the wearing of face masks by using facial recognition cameras to track all students entering campus facilities.
CBS News reported that the UNC developed the “Health Greeter Kiosk” to display an alert every time a student passed through without wearing a mask and ask them to comply with the mandate.
Steven King, an associate professor at the UNC School of Media and Journalism told CBS that the university teamed up with Hong Kong-based Lenovo’s artificial intelligence department to develop the system.
The system was also designed to trigger if students fail to comply with social distancing measures.
Police are searching for the pro-life activist, or activists, who painted a “Baby Lives Matter” mural in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.
According to local CBS affiliate WBTV, the mural, which is being referred to as “vandalism,” was spotted by the news team during an aerial shot Wednesday, after which they alerted authorities.
Triad teachers are struggling to balance remote learning, lesson plans and taking care of their own children.
“I’m very sorry to my students and my parents this year but in reality, I’m not the best teacher for this situation,” said Erica Bean, after resigning from her teaching position with Guilford County Schools.
Bean has taught sixth grade science, social studies and language arts at Western Guilford for almost 20 years.
“You just try your best to make it interactive and have fun with them,” Bean said.
Bean, like many teachers in the Triad, is juggling online students, technology glitches, and helping her own children.
“It’s just a lot. It’s very time consuming,” Bean said.
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The Asheville City Council unanimously voted to provide reparations for black residents and their descendants to redress the “city’s historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents.”
In a groundbreaking 7-0 vote on July 14, reparations will not come in the form of direct remittances, but through public investment to correct disparities faced by Black residents.
Councilman Keith Young, an African American member of the body and one of the chief proponents for reparations, said “Hundreds of years of Black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today.”
He added, “It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature.”