US Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina enters hospice care

A Republican congressman who has represented North Carolina for over two decades has entered hospice care

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Republican congressman who has represented North Carolina for over two decades has entered hospice care.

He had been battling ailments in recent months. He was granted a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018 after missing a number of votes.

Jones was re-elected to the U.S. House in November after running unopposed in a district that includes Kinston, Greenville and New Bern. He has served in Congress since 1995.