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The Latest: Police escort for college shooting hero’s body
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A police escort is helping take home the body of North Carolina college student hailed as a hero for stopping a gunman in his classroom.
An SUV left Charlotte on Thursday morning with 21-year-old Riley Howell, flanked by motorcycles and several other police vehicles with their blue lights flashing.
Officials say they’ll drive about 150 miles (240 kilometers) to Howell’s hometown of Waynesville in the North Carolina mountains.
Authorities say Riley tackled the gunman in his University of North Carolina-Charlotte classroom Tuesday evening. He died, along with another student, 19-year-old Ellis Parlier. Four other students were hurt.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Ker Putney called Howell a hero and said he saved many lives.
Twenty-two-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell is charged in the killings and has a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.



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.



N Carolina school has whooping cough outbreak; 7 infected
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina elementary school has sent six students and one staffer home with whooping cough.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools spokesman Jeff Nash tells The News & Observer that warnings have been sent to parents of children who came into contact with those infected at Glenwood Elementary School. He says the disease pops up at area schools every few years.
The preventable disease can lie dormant for up to three weeks and spreads though coughing or sneezing. The coughing may start at levels similar to those of a normal cold, but can become violent enough to cause vomiting and exhaustion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the whooping cough vaccine for babies, children, teens, adults and pregnant women.



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.



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 Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
The zoo says in a news release that the two male and two female red wolf pups were born April 13 – the first new litter of red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade.
Curator Dan Boehm says the arrival of the pups comes 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 in a Red Wolf Species Survival plan to increase the red wolf population.



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.