LIVE: White House task force gives daily update on coronavirus response

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  • Coronavirus

  ‘A battlefield behind your home’: Deaths mount in New York

Even as the virus has slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals in Spain and France are reaching their breaking points and the U.S. and Britain are bracing for incoming waves of desperately ill people.

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Church organization issues correction in pastor’s death

Carolina Beach police investigate possible violations of short-term rental ban

Belles living through an Azalea Festival that wasn’t

  Officials warn of fire dangers during dry period in COVID-19 pandemic

  New Hanover County plans to close all boat ramps Friday night

New Hanover County plans to close all boat ramps within the county on Friday, according to commission chair Julia Olson-Boseman.
  • National

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

CFPUA: Chemours’ corrective action plan ‘falls far short’

N.C. woman charged with attempted murder for setting another woman on fire during dispute, police say

  Over 2,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina; 19 deaths reported

  DES announces staff, equipment additions to help with surge in unemployment claims

Four more flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina

  Leland police investigating fraudulent check case

  Sheriff’s office looking for two people in connection to larceny case

Carolina Beach police attempting to locate teen

  • Coronavirus

  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

SPORTS

  UNCW athletic department working to help athletes during coronavirus crisis

UNCW men’s basketball lands four-star transfer

The UNCW men’s basketball team has landed St. John’s sophomore transfer Ian Steere.

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Covering COVID-19: Journalists share their stories of reporting on the deadly pandemic (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  First Alert Forecast: sunny with a couple of rain chances in the distance

  Shelters work to provide additional housing space for homeless

NC State manufacturing material for 500,000 surgical masks a day

  Furniture store owner challenges selective enforcement of COVID-19 order

The owner of Rose Brother’s Furniture, the first Wilmington business to be cited for not complying with coronavirus restrictions, told WECT that because they sell essential items like small appliances, they are allowed to stay open.
  • National

  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.

  Masonboro Island to shut down to public Friday night

Bladen County identifies first positive COVID-19 case

  VIDEO: SABLE aviation unit welcomes first female pilot

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