Purchase chicken in the past 10 years? You might get some scratch back. How to file

A class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing in the poultry industry may mean a little extra grocery money in your pocket. Maybe. Eventually. The class action lawsuit, known as The Broiler Chicken Antitrust suit, alleges that “defendants and their co-conspirators conspired to restrict the supply of, and fix, raise, and stabilize the price of chicken, as of January 1, 2009, in violation of federal and state consumer and antitrust laws.” The $181 million settlement, which is pending in a U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois, is open to people in 24 states, including North Carolina and South ...

Ask an expert: Should I get a flu shot if I’m getting a COVID vaccine booster?

The 2021 flu season is hitting us at the same time that millions of Americans are considering a COVID-19 booster vaccination. The FDA has endorsed a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines by people with certain health conditions that compromise their immune systems, and for people age 65 and older. In August, we spoke with Dr. Anita Skariah, UNC Health internist and pediatrician, to get answers to questions about the need for both flu shots and COVID vaccines. In short, she did recommend getting both the COVID and influenza vaccinations. So we checked back in with her this week...

Vandal who spray-painted ‘Taliban’ on 9/11 memorial was caught on video, South Carolina police say

A surveillance camera recorded the person who vandalized a 9/11 memorial in Greenville, South Carolina, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. The suspect has not been identified, but a description of both him and his vehicle were released Monday. Greenville is about 100 miles northwest of Columbia. "Investigators have obtained video ... that depicts what is believed to be a white male pulling up to Upstate Granite Solutions at around 7:30 a.m. ... in a gray SUV," the department said in a release. “The subject, wearing a dark hat, white shirt and dark pants, gets out (and) writes ...

Hometown paper asks if Madison Cawthorn crossed a line threatening more 'bloodshed' after Capitol riot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., is perhaps best known for his speeches, whether at the Jan. 6 rally before the U.S. Capitol riot or at a Buncombe County school board meeting this month, when he called mask mandates “psychological child abuse.” His remarks Sunday during an event at the Macon County Republican Party headquarters in Franklin were no exception. Cawthorn, a freshman representing the state’s 11th District in western North Carolina, predicted that “bloodshed” would follow another “stolen” presidential election. He called the arrested Capitol rioters “political p...

Got a lazy cat? Study shows felines prefer to not work hard for their food

There are few feelings better than that of being served a fresh plate of food without having to help prepare it. Turns out people aren’t the only species that enjoy being catered to. A new study shows domestic cats prefer to eat from a tray of exposed food rather than work their way through a simple puzzle to access their meal, contrary to the behavior of most species. It’s a phenomenon called “contrafreeloading,” meaning when given a choice, an animal will choose food that requires effort over food that appears to be readily available. Several species living in sanctuaries, zoos, laboratories...

Loretta Lynn safe after Tennessee ranch hit by floods, but foreman remains missing

Deadly floods in Tennessee have inundated a ranch owned by Loretta Lynn, but her family says the 89-year-old country music icon is safe. Foreman Wayne Spears has been reported missing, however, according to a post on the ranch’s Facebook page. Flooding in Humphreys County, home to Lynn’s ranch, has killed 15 people and left more than 40 people missing, The Tennessean reported. More than 12 inches of rain fell on parts of middle Tennessee on Saturday, causing catastrophic flooding. “It’s devastating!” Jon Cody Finger said in an aerial video he shared of the ranch on Facebook. ”So many homes, pe...

2 more people found dead, long recovery begins in North Carolina mountains after flood

CRUSO, N.C. — Disaster that unfolded in mere hours will take years to rebound from in the mountains of North Carolina where the small community of Cruso was especially hard hit by floods. On Friday, two more people were found dead after an extensive search and recovery mission that is still ongoing. Speaking to reporters Friday, Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said the cleanup has begun but rebuilding is a longer journey, and those leading the effort have described an emotional toll on the community, stemming from the loss of life and livelihoods. Four people have died. All along Highw...

Six ways Republicans are stealing local control – and hiding it in the NC budget

A state budget, in theory, is a spending plan, but in practice it has also become a vehicle for carrying through laws that couldn’t pass on their own merits. Stuffing such legislation into a must-pass budget bill is a traditional practice followed by Democrats and Republicans alike, but that bipartisan abuse doesn’t make it right. A budget bill should be about the budget. The negative effects of loading budget bills with unrelated measures and policies is on clear display in the proposed House budget, and some of the provisions are doubly offensive. Not only would the measures become law throu...

Bacteria blamed in outbreak at Duke basketball camp that caused dozens to get sick

A bacterial infection struck 84 people who attended K Academy basketball camp at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium last week, Duke University reported Thursday. The outbreak was traced to the training room at the Schwartz-Butters Building, a six-story building next to Cameron Indoor Stadium, the university said Thursday. Duke officials said the infected individuals reported flu-like symptoms that included fever, muscle fatigue, nausea and respiratory distress. Federal, state and local health authorities believe the bacteria Legionella caused the illnesses, the university said. According to the Cen...

Frozen honey trend on TikTok has experts concerned. ‘That is a lot of diarrhea’

A new TikTok trend has people freezing honey — and it’s leaving some experts concerned. Eating too much of the sweet stuff can cause diarrhea, stomach pain and other complications, dietitians and doctors told multiple news outlets this week. Here’s what to know about the trend and whether it’s safe. In the past few weeks, the social media platform TikTok has been flooded with videos that show people filling plastic bottles with honey and putting them in the freezer. Some users then squeeze out the golden, now solidified substance and sink their teeth right in. And people can’t get enough of th...

NASCAR just changed its policy on wearing masks at races

NASCAR announced Tuesday an update to its COVID-19 event operations protocol at the racetrack. Starting this weekend at Watkins Glen International, face masks will be required indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Indoor and enclosed areas include the media center, restrooms, the infield care center, race control and suites. NASCAR rolled back pandemic restrictions and masking requirements in the competition area at its racetracks over the last few months as COVID-19 cases declined. However, the sanctioning body’s policy reversal of not requiring masks indoors for vaccinated ...

Facial recognition debuts at Charlotte’s airport for use on foreign arriving passengers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal agents at Charlotte’s airport have begun using facial recognition software on passengers arriving from foreign countries, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday. Facial biometrics is “safe and touchless” for passengers and has stopped more than 650 “imposters” from entering the U.S. since September 2018, according to an agency news release. By law, arriving passengers already must verify who they are by presenting a travel document. With facial biometrics, passengers now pause for a quick photo that’s compared with the photo originally submitted to the go...

2 people arrested after transgender women murdered in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two arrests have been made in Charlotte following the murder of two Black transgender women, law enforcement officials said Friday. Dontarius Long, 21, and Joel Brewer, 33, were charged Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officials said. Long and Brewer are both accused of murder and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, among other charges, police records show. “Our streets are a lot safer,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings at a news conference announcing the arrests. The police investigation into the shooting deaths of the two women i...

Jaida Peterson was killed in NC. Her sisterhood wants to know why

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gray clouds, steeped with rain, swirled above Tuckaseegee Park when a short parade of cars pulled into the parking lot. One by one, the cars emptied, and dozens of women greeted each other, crying and laughing, having traveled from all over the Southeast to collectively celebrate the life of a sister they had lost. Jaida Peterson, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in a west Charlotte hotel room April 4. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officials say she was shot. Detectives are investigating who killed Peterson and why. She was 29 years old. Peterson's death is the 26th h...

Airline apologizes to cancer survivor who was told to remove hoodie with vulgar word

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — American Airlines has apologized after a two-time cancer survivor was told she couldn’t board a flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte because of a vulgar word spelled out in an anti-cancer message on her yellow hoodie. “Tell me why the guy from American Airlines just told me if I don’t put a sweatshirt on that I can’t get on the plane?” Roslyn Singleton of Charlotte said in an Instagram video. The words “(expletive) Cancer” were spelled out on the hoodie. Her lawyer, James Walker Jr. of Atlanta, said “millions have said it before and there is nothing illegal about said stateme...

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