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NORTH CAROLINA-PRIMARY-THE LATEST
The Latest: Polls open in North Carolina primary voting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Polls have opened in North Carolina as voters choose their parties’ nominees for dozens of legislative and congressman primary races.
More than 35 General Assembly members and eight congressional incumbents are trying to advance through Tuesday’s primary elections.
Current Congressmen seeking re-election include House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the House.
Among the Republican incumbents facing the most serious challenges in Tuesday’s voting are be Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Walter Jones of Farmville.
About 4 percent of the state’s nearly 7 million registered voters had cast ballots before Tuesday’s voting through either early in-person or traditional absentee voting.
There are no statewide races this year, meaning some people might have no one to vote for until the November general elections.

 

 

PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Primaries narrow the choices for NC legislative elections
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Supporters of North Carolina’s major political parties are picking their candidates for seats in the state legislature at a time of major turnover.
Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for primary elections being held to narrow the races for the 170 seats in North Carolina’s General Assembly.
One big factor this year is the mid-decade redistricting ordered by federal judges who found Republican legislators illegally designed voting districts with racial bias to favor themselves.
That led to retirements that have left a dozen open seats this year. Two sets of GOP senators will be forced to run against colleagues after being placed in the same district.
Another anomaly this year is that nearly three dozen other Democratic or Republican incumbents are being challenged within their party.

 

 

FATAL HIT AND RUN
Police identify North Carolina hit-and-run victim
GARNER, N.C. (AP) – Police have released the name of a man who died in a hit-and-run in North Carolina.
Local media reported that police identified the victim was 62-year-old David Gerard Abowd of Garner.
Investigators say they were called about the victim on U.S. 70 in Garner around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Police say the suspect’s vehicle apparently has heavy front end damage and a broken radiator.
No arrests have been made.

 

 

YARD SHOOTING DEATH
Man found shot to death in front yard of North Carolina home
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A man has been arrested after another man was found shot to death in the front yard of a home in North Carolina’s largest city.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the shooting happened shortly before 3 p.m. Monday.
Police say 25-year-old Demario Ericson Roddey was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators think there had been an argument between Roddey and a suspect before the shooting.
A 16-year-old male has been arrested and is being charged with murder and armed robbery in the shooting.

 

 

STATE BUDGET
N Carolina lawmakers expect $357M surplus, uptick next year
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly will have several hundred million dollars more to work with as budget-writers adjust the second year of state government’s two-year spending plan.
The legislature’s fiscal agency and Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office have adjusted revenue figures upward for the fiscal year that ends June 30 and for next year. The projections come after all the money received at the mid-April tax deadline was counted.
A memo says the state expects to collect $357 million more than anticipated this current year. These extra collections also caused state economists to predict another $277 million at the state’s disposal next year.
These numbers are small compared to the roughly $23 billion annual budget, but it could help pay for one-time or recurring expenses. The legislature reconvenes next week.

 

 

TEACHERS OFF-SCHOOL CLOSE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Big NC school districts close for teacher rally
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More large school districts in North Carolina plan to shut down for one day next week as teachers greet returning legislators with demands to increase education funding.
The state’s largest and third-largest school districts announced Monday they will be closed on May 16, following a similar move by the second largest district last week.
The Wake County Public School System said about a quarter of its 10,000 teachers in and around the state’s capital city asked for the day off to participate in the rally. Guilford County schools canceled in the wake of nearly 2,000 expected teacher absences, twice the number of available substitutes.
The rally is being organized by the state’s association of educators, whose members are unhappy with the Republican-controlled legislature’s decisions on teacher salaries and school funding.
Second-largest Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Friday canceled classes for the protest.
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North Carolina’s largest school district is shutting down for one day next week, allowing up to 10,000 teachers to attend a rally demanding better working conditions and education funding.
The Wake County Public School System said Monday it will be closed on May 16, the same day state lawmakers open their annual session. About a quarter of the teachers employed in and around the state’s capital city asked for the day off to participate in the rally. The district’s 160,000 students won’t make up the class time.
The rally is being organized by the state’s association of educators, whose members are unhappy with the Republican-controlled legislature’s decisions on teacher salaries and school funding.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Friday canceled classes on the protest day. Durham County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools will also close.

 

 

SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE INVESTIGATED
Sheriff candidate: Investigation of him is ‘dirty politics’
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s candidate in North Carolina says he wasn’t involved in the sealing of a search warrant that shows authorities are investigating him for possible misdemeanors including stalking.
No charges have been filed against Jason Reid, who described the investigation “dirty politics” at a news conference Monday.
Reid is a candidate in Tuesday’s GOP primary for Catawba County sheriff. He’s the son of the current sheriff and a former narcotics officer.
A judge unsealed a redacted version of the warrant Friday after The Associated Press and other media groups filed a motion.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint last August about a tracking device found on the vehicle of Reid’s ex-girlfriend. Reid said Monday the devices are stored in a room where the woman had waited for him.

 

 

PRIMARY-EARLY VOTING
Early-voting turnout tepid, heated local races help slightly
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – About one out of every 25 registered voters in North Carolina cast ballots before Tuesday’s primary elections, but heated local and regional contests have given a slight boost to otherwise tepid turnout.
State elections board data show 293,000 of the state’s 6.9 million registered voters either voted at early-voting sites before they closed Saturday or turned in mail-in absentee ballots. That’s slightly over 4 percent turnout.
This year’s elections were expected to be lower-turnout affairs because there are no races for governor or U.S. Senate on the ballot. The legislature also canceled this year’s judicial primaries.
But there are more contested primaries than usual for the General Assembly and for Congress. That could help overall turnout exceed the 12 percent recorded in 2006 once ballots cast Tuesday are counted.