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ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE-DELAY
Atlantic Coast Pipeline delayed until 2021, cost up by $3B
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The completion of a natural gas pipeline running through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina has been delayed and its costs are increasing by up to $3 billion.
The Fayetteville Observer reports Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC announced Friday that the 600-mile (965-kilometer) pipeline is not expected to be in full service until 2021. It was initially expected to be in service this year.
The project was projected to cost between $4.5 billion and $5 billion when first announced. Now the company projects a total cost of $7 billion to $7.5 billion.
A spokesman for pipeline partner Dominion Energy, Karl Neddenien, blames delays for the cost increases. Some work was suspended last year over questions related to a national permit, while residents and environmental groups have sued to stop the project.
North Carolina county jail to stop housing ICE detainees
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina county’s jail will stop accepting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees when its contract with the federal government ends.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. announced Tuesday that the county jail won’t allow ICE to house detainees for civil violations of federal immigration law, saying the sheriff’s office “never will be an extension” of immigration services.
The contract with the U.S. Marshals Service that allows ICE to use the jail ends April 30. Kimbrough says U.S. Marshals can continue to keep their fugitives in the jail.
Kimbrough’s decision follows similar moves in North Carolina, as sheriffs re-evaluate their relationship with ICE. He made his announcement following a rally by a group in support of a man from Honduras who was arrested Monday.
North Carolina governor talks climate change on Capitol Hill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is speaking to members of Congress to urge the federal government to take action on curbing greenhouse emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.
Cooper planned to testify Wednesday before the House Committee on Natural Resources on Capitol Hill. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and other climate change researchers and activists also were slated to speak.
Before his trip to Washington, Cooper told reporters he’ll tell House members about global warming concerns after two recent historic storms in hurricanes Matthew and Florence striking the state. He’s also unhappy with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Cooper signed an executive order last fall setting a goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent before 2025, compared to 2005.
OUTER BANKS CLEANUP
North Carolina park asked public to help clean up shipwreck
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CAPE POINT, N.C. (AP) – Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s Outer Banks asked the public this week to help clean up a shipwreck that spread debris across a mile of beach at Cape Point.
The Charlotte Observer reports a shrimp trawler flipped over and broke apart near the beach early Monday, leaving the sand covered in wood, nails and ship fragments.
A park statement says the ship’s three crew members were found alive and taken to hospitals for medical evaluations. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.
The debris closed a section of beach between off-road vehicle ramps 48 and 49, and volunteers helped to clear the wreckage Tuesday afternoon. The park’s website says the ramps were open to off-road vehicles as of Tuesday night, though drivers should look out for debris.
1998 KILLING-CHILD IDENTIFIED-THE LATEST
The Latest: Family of slain mother and son heartbroken
MEBANE, N.C. (AP) – Relatives of a slain mother and son whose bodies remained unidentified for decades say they had been told the woman took her child back to Korea to raise him.
In a statement released through the Orange County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office, the family of 10-year-old Robert “Bobby” Adam Whitt and his mother, Myoung Hwa Cho, said, “Our hearts are broken into a million pieces. We had no idea that Bobby and Myong Hwa were no longer with us and had not been for a very long time.”
The bodies were found in separate states along Interstate 85 in 1998. No one connected the two slayings until a DNA expert took a fresh look at the cases last year.
Cho’s husband, the boy’s father, is serving time in federal prison on unrelated charges. Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Bobo said that after being questioned several times he confessed to killing his wife and son. No charges have yet been filed in the slayings.
ICE RAID-MANUFACTURING PLANT
Officials: Approximately 30 taken into custody in ICE raid
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say approximately 30 people have been taken into custody after a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at a North Carolina manufacturing plant.
A statement from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday said the raid on the plant in Sanford was the result of an ongoing investigation into identity theft and fraud. The statement said the sheriff’s office assisted ICE agents at the request of federal officials.
The statement didn’t identify the plant, adding that it is unclear if the plant is at fault.
Also, the sheriff’s office said the raid was not a random operation.
GOP lawmakers want civil rights panel appointment withdrawn
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican lawmakers want Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to withdraw his recent appointee to a state civil rights panel because of a past social media post comparing law enforcement officers to terrorists.
Senate leader Phil Berger says all 29 GOP senators wrote Cooper on Tuesday asking him to take back last month’s appointment of Charlotte city councilwoman LaWana Mayfield to the state Human Relations Commission.
They cited her tweet last March, when she wrote being black in the U.S. under President Donald Trump “has created homegrown terrorist (sic) wearing blue uniforms.” She refused to step back from the comment when critics called for her council resignation.
The senators wrote Mayfield’s appointment raises questions about the Cooper administration’s stance toward police. Cooper’s office didn’t immediately respond publicly to the letter.
College student finds man in closet wearing her clothes
(Information from: WFMY-TV, http://www.wfmynews2.com/)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina college student says she found a man in her closet wearing her clothes.
Greensboro police spokesman Ron Glenn told news outlets the unidentified student at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro came home at lunch Saturday and heard a noise in her closet in her off-campus apartment.
The student opened the closet door to find the man sitting on the floor in her clothing with a bag full of clothes, shoes and socks. She said she talked to the man for about 10 minutes and texted photos to her boyfriend, who arrived and asked the man to leave.
Glenn said the man wasn’t violent and doesn’t believe he and the student know one another.
Police charged 30-year-old Andrew Clyde Swofford with misdemeanor breaking and entering.