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Honda Aircraft fined $45K for citizenship job requirements
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice says the maker of HondaJet violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by refusing to consider or hire certain work-authorized non-U.S. citizens because of their citizenship status.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the federal department said Friday that an investigation concluded Honda Aircraft published at least 25 job postings between 2015 and 2016 that illegally required a particular citizenship status. Honda Aircraft has been fined nearly $45,000.
The government says the company misunderstood requirements under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations.
The company has agreed to remove specific citizenship requirements from job postings, unless permitted by law. The settlement also requires some employees to attend training on the act’s anti-discrimination provision.
The newspaper couldn’t immediately reach Honda Aircraft for comment.
ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA
Evidence in contested congressional race gets airing Feb. 18
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s new elections board will hear evidence later this month about alleged ballot fraud as it seeks to resolve the nation’s last unsettled congressional race.
The five-member State Board of Elections, created last week, said Monday it will hold the Feb. 18 public hearing to weigh evidence collected by investigators and arguments from representatives of Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready. The hearing could last two days.
The new board could declare a winner or order a new 9th District election.
Harris narrowly led McCready after November’s election. The previous elections board refused to declare the Republican a winner until investigators could look into allegations that mail-in ballots in Bladen County could have been altered or discarded by a Harris subcontractor. A court declared the previous board unconstitutional.
College student finds man in closet wearing her clothes
(Information from: WFMY-TV, http://www.wfmynews2.com/)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A college student says she found a man in her closet wearing her clothes.
The University of North Carolina-Greensboro student heard strange noises coming from her closet in her off-campus apartment on Saturday. The student told WFMY-TV she asked who was in there and was told “My name’s Drew.”
The student, who asked only to be identified as Maddie, opened the door to find the man sitting on the floor in her clothing with a bag full of clothes, shoes and socks. She talked to him for about 10 minutes and texted photos to her boyfriend.
The man left when the boyfriend arrived.
Police arrested the 30-year-old at a nearby gas station. He was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.
Maddie thinks the man has been in her closet before.
SUPER BOWL-PATIENT DEATH
ALS patient dies in minivan fire on way to Super Bowl dream
ATLANTA (AP) – A man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who dreamed of going to the Super Bowl secured tickets from a charity, but was killed when the minivan he was traveling in caught fire on the way to Atlanta.
News outlets report that 39-year-old Ed Cushman of Shelby, North Carolina, got tickets through ALS-dedicated charity Team Gleason in New Orleans.
His brother was driving him Saturday when the minivan began smoking on Interstate 85. A Georgia State Patrol release says Robert Cushman got out to examine the vehicle, at which point flames erupted. He tried to rescue Ed Cushman, who was in a wheelchair and on a ventilator, but the “flames were too intense.”
Ed Cushman ultimately died in the fire.
In a Facebook post, Robert Cushman called the fire a “freak accident.”
1998 KILLING-CHILD IDENTIFIED
Remains found under billboard in 1998 identified as boy, 10
MEBANE, N.C. (AP) – The remains of a boy found under a billboard in North Carolina have been identified two decades later.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood told news outlets Tuesday that he was 10-year-old Robert “Bobby” Adam Whitt, who was born in Michigan and raised in Ohio.
Last year, the consultant who helped solve the Golden State Killer case, Barbara Rae-Venter, used DNA to determine the child was half-Asian and half-white. Online DNA ancestry services identified a possible relative.
That relative disclosed Bobby’s name, saying family assumed his mother took him to South Korea. Based on that, police determined an unidentified woman whose remains were found in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, around the same time was Bobby’s mother.
Authorities have identified a suspect incarcerated in a separate case. That suspect hasn’t been charged.
SHRIMP TRAWLER WRECK
Crew survives shrimp trawler wreck off North Carolina coast
FRISCO, N.C. (AP) – Three crew members of a shrimp trawler that wrecked off the coast of North Carolina have been found alive.
Citing a National Park Service release, news outlets report that the vessel named Big John was found overturned and broken apart early Monday. Rangers assisted the U.S. Coast Guard and Hatteras Island Rescue Squad in the search.
The three-person crew was found and taken by ambulance to the hospital for medical evaluations. Their current conditions are unknown. It’s still unclear how the boat wrecked.
The wreck created a large debris field, resulting in the temporary closure of the beach between off-road vehicle ramps 48 and 49 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The park is planning a volunteer-assisted cleanup Tuesday.
The trawler was based out of Wanchese, on Roanoke Island.
Police: Officer shot, wounded suspect wielding hammer
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a police officer shot and wounded a suspect.
Sgt. Steve Stroud with Wilson police tells WRAL-TV that the suspect’s injuries were non-life-threatening. Stroud says two officers were sitting in their patrol vehicles in a church parking lot early Wednesday when a man approached them.
Stroud says the 36-year-old man assaulted one of the officers and threatened both with a hammer. The officer who was assaulted shot him in the shoulder.
The officer did not need medical treatment. He’s been placed on administrative leave in accordance with procedure.
No further details were released.
COLLEGE CHEERLEADER-RAPE ALLEGATION
College cheerleader wants coaches removed after alleged rape
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A cheerleader at a North Carolina college wants her coaches fired immediately, saying they failed to report her rape to a school official.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports the unidentified woman who attends North Carolina A&T State University alleges she was raped at a Greensboro apartment complex last fall. The woman says on social media that her coaches met her allegation with “a lack of empathy and responsibility.”
The story was first reported by online site HBCU Gameday.
Sexual misconduct is a Title IX violation. Students don’t have to report sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator, but the website said a school employee must and encourages doing so within 24 hours.
School spokeswoman Tiffany Jones said privacy laws prevent the school from discussing the matter.