North Carolina

Raleigh Police say a highly-venomous spitting zebra cobra got loose and was spotted on a porch of a house in the 7000 block of Sandringham Drive around 5:10 p.m. Monday, but the domesticated danger noodle hasn't been spotted since that time. The snake is native to the deserts of southern Africa, according to Bangor University.

Starting July 1st, landlords can once again push forward evictions in the state, ending a 10-month hold in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A mixed array of emotions from both sides as Gov. Roy Cooper disagrees with the decision handed down by the GOP members of the Council of State.      

The first of four drawings scheduled over the next two months. A random winner was chosen by a number generator matched up to their date of birth, according to state officials. NC's Department of Health and Human Services will determine who the person is before the state deems if they're eligible for the seven-figure payout.

Biden will be in Raleigh on Thursday before heading back to Washington DC. During the president’s visit he will highlight the ease of getting vaccinated and encourage North Carolinians to be qualified for the $1 million lottery happening over the course of the next two months.    

An original ruling by the lower court said the "20-week threshold" would make some "pre-viability abortions" illegal, which would be in violation of the Supreme Court's 1992 ruling in the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Several pro-life organizations and more than a dozen Republican states supported North Carolina in the effort, according to Fox News.  

Cooper noted that similar lottery drawings in other states have propped up their vaccination efforts over the past three weeks. He hopes the same will happen in North Carolina considering the state is near the bottom half for doses administered in the nation. The first drawing is on June 23 with the finale on August 4. 

“We are currently focusing on prioritizing the in-state inventory of vaccine by using a first-in, first-out strategy so that providers use vaccines by date of expiration in chronological order, as well as transferring vaccine between providers who can use them,” the NCDHHS said in an email to the AP on Friday.

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor of coastal research at Florida International University, is known as one of the world's foremost beach experts and goes by the name Dr. Beach. Every year, he compiles a list of the top beaches with a very specific set of criteria ranging from water temperature to number of sunny days in the area and appearance of the water.     

“This pandemic has brought us a once-in-a-generation challenge. These funds have brought us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Let’s use them to make transformational change for our state,” Cooper said at a news conference. ”We’re building a bridge from response to recovery.”

Brown, 42, was killed by deputies as he sat in his car on the morning of April 21. According to the initial autopsy, authorities fired several shots with five of them striking Brown in the back and a fatal one to the back of his head. Womble claims Brown's vehicle made contact with officers before the killing.