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Former North Carolina state Sen. Ben Clark has added his name to the list of candidates for lieutenant governor in 2024. The Democrat served five terms in the General Assembly through last year. He told The Fayetteville Observer that he’d be a lieutenant governor “who will represent everyone” if elected. Clark is a former Air Force officer who is now a military contractor at Fort Bragg. Current Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is running for governor next year. Other candidates to succeed him include Democrat Rachel Hunt and Republicans Jeffrey Elmore and Hal Weatherman. Clark ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2022.

Officials in a central North Carolina county say a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man during a hostage situation after the suspect came at deputies with a sledgehammer inside a home. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said it happened Thursday morning in Kernersville. The suspect was identified as 48-year-old James Phillip White Jr. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking at what happened, and the unnamed deputy is on administrative leave. The Forsyth sheriff's office says deputies decided to enter the home with force after the suspect didn't respond to multiple commands to come out. The hostage wasn't harmed.


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