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COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-VICTIMS
Athletic outdoorsman, tech enthusiast killed in NC classroom
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Riley Howell had an athlete’s physique and loved being outdoors on his family’s farm. Ellis Parlier studied computer technology and liked video games.
Both college students were killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire in their anthropology class at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Four other students were wounded.
The family of 21-year-old Howell remembered him in a statement Wednesday as “a big, muscular guy with a huge heart.” Police said Howell was also a hero, having tackled the gunman before he could shoot more people.
A friend of 19-year-old Parlier said he was passionate about video games and had a caring personality. Jeremy Shue told CBS News he had known Parlier since the 6th grade.
University Chancellor Philip DuBois said Wednesday the four injured students are expected to recover.
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
‘Riley Howell is a hero’ Student who attacked gunman lauded
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina college student who police say died attacking a gunman in his classroom is being remembered by friends and family as a hero.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said 21-year-old Riley Howell’s sacrifice Tuesday saved lives at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte because the gunman had plenty of ammunition.
Howell and another student died in the shooting in an anthropology class. Four other students were hurt.
Police arrested 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell in the classroom. He is charged with two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder.
David Belnap was Howell’s friend. He came to a campus vigil Wednesday night vigil with “Riley Howell is a hero” handwritten on the back of his T-shirt.
Belnap says he wants Howell’s decision to die protecting others to never be forgotten.
TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST
The Latest: Fatal shooting adds somber note to teacher rally
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A fatal shooting at a college campus has added a somber note to a teacher rally in support of overhauling North Carolina’s education priorities.
Public school teachers and their supporters rallied Wednesday in Raleigh for the second year in a row. They want more money for student support staff, such as counselors and nurses. Those features are now included in the state House budget written by Republican legislators.
The march was especially personal for Madhavi Krevat of Apex, whose son is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A gunman killed two students and injured four others Tuesday on the UNCC campus.
Krevat says the march is relevant because schools need more services. She’s a member of Moms Demand Action, which supports gun control.
North Carolina House state budget ready for vote
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Fashioning a North Carolina government budget for the next two years takes a big step forward with the full House ready to consider a proposal.
The House scheduled floor debate Thursday to consider amendments and hold the first of two required votes on the spending plan.
Republicans who wrote the plan that spends $24 billion next year are highlighting funding for education, government construction projects and Hurricane Matthew recovery. There’s also money set aside to implement a previously approved plan to keep most teenage criminal suspects out of the adult criminal justice system.
Democrats have said little publicly so far about what they think of the plan. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has his own budget ideas and more negotiating power since his party won more legislative seats in November.
Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a widely backed bill.
A new Senate GOP offer is aimed at breaking the logjam and offers greater flexibility in delivering appropriated disaster funding to Puerto Rico. Trump has feuded with Democratic officials on the U.S. territory and has sharply criticized Puerto Rico’s handling of the disaster.
But the latest offer, relayed Monday in a meeting of the chairman and top Democrat of the Senate Appropriations Committee, hasn’t won over Democrats.
Patience is running out among a group of Senate Republicans from states hit hard last fall by hurricanes because the legislation involving Puerto Rico includes aid to the mainland U.S. as well.
NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION
Republican seen as Democrat tool loses bid for GOP data
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge says there’s little likelihood that a candidate for the Republican nomination in a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat will succeed in suing the GOP for access to internal party data and debate stages.
Candidate Chris Anglin of Raleigh said Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway decided Tuesday he won’t order the state Republican Party to treat Anglin the same as nine other GOP candidates in the 9th Congressional District field.
Anglin has been barred from participating in Republican events ahead of the May 14 GOP primary.
Republicans call Anglin a Democratic plant who cost them a seat on the state’s top court last year. He was a registered Democrat before running as a Republican against a GOP incumbent, splitting the vote and helping a Democrat win.
RED WOLVES-LINCOLN PARK ZOO
4 pups of endangered species of wolf born at Chicago zoo
CHICAGO (AP) – Four pups of a critically endangered species of wolf have been born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
The zoo says in a news release the two male and two female red wolf pubs were born April 13 – the first new litter or red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade.
Curator Dan Boehm says the arrival of the pups come at a time when scientists estimate there are fewer than 30 red wolves left in their native habitat of North Carolina.
The wolves – named for their red-tinged fur -have over the years been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting. The zoo is taking part with other zoos a Red Wolf Species Survival plan to increase the red wolf population.
Florida man arrested in 1972 slaying of N Carolina woman
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) – A Florida man has been arrested in one of North Carolina’s coldest cases: the 1972 slaying of a woman found bound and shot beside her 4-month-old baby.
The News & Observer reports 65-year-old Larry Joe Scott was arrested Monday in Bradenton and charged with murder and kidnapping in the death of 33-year-old Bonnie Neighbors.
Neighbors was kidnapped with her baby boy while on her way to pick up her 7-year-old son from school. Her body, and the living infant, were later found in a migrant worker house near Benson.
Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell says the investigation picked up after nearly 47 years when newer DNA technology pointed to Scott. State Attorney General Josh Stein says confirmatory testing is in process.