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Vigil planned after 2 killed, 4 wounded in campus shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A shooting that killed two and wounded four at a North Carolina university left students scrambling for shelter and prompted fresh calls for ways to keep campuses safe.
A vigil was planned for Wednesday on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where the shooting on Tuesday upended the last day of class. The governor vowed a hard look at what happened in order to prevent future shootings.
Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, told reporters that students should not have to fear for their lives on campus. He added: “In the coming days we will take a hard look at all of this to see what we need to do going forward.”
1 NC chamber OKs veto override of “born-alive” abortion bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Senate has agreed to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation directing doctors and nurses to care for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion as they would any other child, or face a new crime and prison time.
The Senate voted 30-20 on Tuesday night to enact the law over the objections of the Democratic governor. Cooper wrote in his veto message two weeks ago the “born-alive” bill was not needed and would create unnecessary interference between doctors and patients.
Democratic Sen. Don Davis of Greene County and all Senate Republicans voted to override, exactly meeting the three-fifths requirement.
The bill now returns to the House. Republicans there likely need several Democrats to join them to complete the override and make the bill a law.
TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina teachers to protest for 2nd year in row
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina teachers are taking to the streets for the second year in a row with hopes that a more politically balanced legislature will be more willing to meet their demands.
Teachers, auxiliary staff and supporters will march Wednesday in Raleigh. Speakers will include Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.
When an estimated 20,000 people marched for teachers last year, Republicans held a veto-proof majority in the state House and Senate. The results of November’s election changed that, and now Cooper’s vetoes can stand if Democrats remain united.
The House budget released Tuesday includes some of the teachers’ demands: higher pay for veteran teachers and restoration of a salary bump for teachers with masters’ degrees.
South Carolina teachers also are protesting Wednesday.
DUKE ENERGY-GRID COSTS
Consumer advocates, employers resist Duke Energy rate bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The country’s largest electric company is pushing North Carolina legislators to allow it to line up years of profitable infrastructure projects all at once.
The state Senate could take up legislation later this week after it was cleared by a committee Tuesday.
The measure comes after state utilities regulators last year wouldn’t approve a $13 billion Duke Energy proposal on electricity grip updates with profit margins tacked on. The company also projects consumers paying $10 billion in coal-ash cleanup.
Big employers, clean-energy advocates and consumer groups including the AARP oppose the Charlotte-based utility’s goal of locking in cost increases. They complain that the legislation would limit public examination of big-ticket projects, which Duke Energy is highlighting as a revenue source as electricity consumption is forecast to decline.
BEACH BINGO SLAYING
North Carolina man pleads guilty in fatal shooting in 2012
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a fatal shooting at a beach bingo parlor seven years ago.
News outlets report James Williamson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the death of Kim Flournoy. Prosecutors say Williamson, who was a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, was the getaway driver in the fatal shooting in the parking lot of the bingo parlor in Jacksonville on Dec. 30, 2012.
Williamson also pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to robbery with a dangerous weapon. The latter charge was in connection with another shooting death two days earlier.
Co-defendant Larry Forrest pleaded guilty to multiple charges in both robberies in November 2017.
This story has been corrected to show that Flournoy was not a taxi driver.
POLICE SHOOTING-NOISE COMPLAINT
Police: Shotgun-wielding noise complainer shot by officer
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
APEX, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man killed by Apex police had threatened officers with a shotgun.
Police Chief John Letteney tells The News & Observer that 51-year-old Stanley Edward Thompson had called police to his home on Thursday complaining about loud music from a nearby car. Police then received a call from someone who said his 22-year-old son was adjusting a car stereo and was attacked.
Police say a sheriff’s dog tracked the attacker’s scent to Thompson’s door, where he greeted officers with a shotgun as thick black smoke billowed behind him. The chief says Thompson refused orders to drop the weapon and instead aimed it at officers while walking toward them. The identity of the officer who killed Thompson has not been released.
BODY FOUND-MURDER CHARGE
North Carolina man charged after body found last December
BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have arrested a North Carolina man nearly five months after skeletal remains were found in a coastal county.
News outlets report the Greensboro Police Department said in a news release that 25-year-old Gary Terrell Everette is charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a death. He was arrested Tuesday and jailed without bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
Police say charges against Everette stem from an investigation into the disappearance of 22-year-old Darace Xavier Bolton in September 2016. Authorities say investigators followed up on leads that produced information indicating that Bolton’s body would be found in Brunswick County.
In December, police found skeletal remains. DNA analysis determined that the remains were those of Bolton. An autopsy found that he had been the victim of a homicide.
HOUSE BUDGET-THE LATEST
The Latest: Veteran NC teachers benefit in House pay plan
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – House Republicans say the teacher pay proposals in their state government budget plan focus on retaining veteran educators and recruiting newcomers to work in rural and low-wealth counties.
The chamber’s budget-writers on Tuesday highlighted public education and other items in the two-year spending bill. Rep. Donny Lambeth of Winston-Salem says average teacher pay will rise 4.8 percent next year in the House plan
There would be an emphasis on teachers with at least 26 years of experience. Someone with 30 years of experience currently has a base salary of $52,000. That would grow to $60,500 in the proposal. The bill also will restore fully a 10 percent pay bump for teachers with master’s degrees. The master’s pay got phased out beginning earlier this decade. Budget-writers also say some teachers could get signing bonuses of up to $4,000.