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MURDER SUSPECT-BRIEF ESCAPE
Wanted man escapes custody, is tackled by bystander
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A man wanted in a Virginia slaying was caught in North Carolina and managed to escape custody, only to be tackled by a bystander.
Citing a news release, news outlets report 41-year-old George William Knisley was arrested Friday in Raleigh and was being transferred to a detention center when he escaped. Authorities say he complained his handcuffs were too tight and fled when a deputy tried to loosen them.
John Martinez Jr. says he was walking down the street when he saw a man in an orange jumpsuit sprinting away from an officer. Martinez says the officer needed help, so he dashed after the man and tackled him.
Knisley is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew T. Broyles, of Powhatan. He’s also accused in the disappearance of 43-year-old Amy Renee Fabian.
NC Supreme Court continues bicentennial tour
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of its original homes as the justices continue to mark the court’s bicentennial by meeting in various locations.
The court will hold a session Wednesday in the North Carolina State Capitol Building, where it also met Tuesday.
The state Supreme Court has had five permanent homes over its 200-year history, including the State Capitol Building, where it began meeting in 1840. In 1888, the court moved to what’s now the Department of Labor building.
Observers can watch the proceedings from the floor of the building’s historic Senate chamber.
The court will hear three cases, including one that involves beach property rights in Nags Head.
HURRICANE MATTHEW-RECOVERY FUNDS
N Carolina homeowners face Hurricane Matthew funds deadline
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say a deadline is looming for homeowners who suffered damage in a 2016 hurricane.
The application deadline for a Hurricane Matthew housing recovery program is Friday.
That’s the last chance for eligible single-family homeowners to apply for aid through the state’s Hurricane Matthew Community Development Block Grant funding. The program reimburses work completed on substantially damaged homes.
Homeowners who want to apply should call 2-1-1 during business hours this week to schedule an appointment at the nearest application center.
The state’s ReBuild NC program is available for people whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew, or both Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The state is still waiting for news on funding for homes hit only by Hurricane Florence.
West Virginia man accused in slaying arrested in N Carolina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A West Virginia man accused in a slaying has been arrested in North Carolina.
News outlets report 24-year-old Jalen Malik Alexander was arrested Tuesday by Winston-Salem police. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the May 17 death of 22-year-old Maurice Emmanuel Webster.
Beckley, West Virginia, police have said Webster was shot an area apartment complex and later died from his injuries. Authorities haven’t released a motive behind the slaying or said why Alexander was in North Carolina.
Alexander was being held Tuesday at a county jail in North Carolina. He’s set to appear in court June 13 and is awaiting extradition to West Virginia. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
ID card criteria alteration for voting heads to Gov. Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislation that likely will mean more student and government employee identification cards will qualify as voter IDs for North Carolina elections next year is heading to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.
The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to Senate changes in a bipartisan bill altering rules with which colleges and universities and local and state agencies must comply to meet security standards set in a 2018 law implementing a new voter ID mandate.
The changes surfaced after cards at many University of North Carolina system campuses failed to meet the original requirements by a March deadline. Without the bill, hundreds of institutions couldn’t apply again until 2021. Now they’ll get a second chance this fall.
The measure also gives more flexibility for early voting sites used in municipal elections.
Poultry processor Sanderson Farms raising wages
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – The third-largest poultry processing company in the U.S. says it’s increasing hourly wages to better recruit and retain workers.
Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms Inc. announced Tuesday that its new pay scale starts June 2.
A company news release says once the plan is fully set, hourly line operators who have worked for the company at least 90 days will earn at least $15 an hour – an increase of $1.95 an hour.
The company’s truck drivers will earn $20.35 to $22.90 an hour. Hourly maintenance employees will earn $19.95 to $27.45. Those are increases of $1.10 an hour.
Sanderson Farms has about 15,000 workers in Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. About 13,000 earn hourly wages.
Senate Republicans push forward NC budget proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans are taking another crack at a two-year state government budget proposal, this time in the Senate.
Three GOP-controlled Senate committees meeting on Wednesday will weigh in on a spending and tax plan before chamber floor votes Thursday and Friday.
The Senate plan spends almost $24 billion next year, just like a similar budget bill House Republicans approved four weeks ago. But the Senate and House measures propose competing amounts for teacher and state employee pay raises, and for other programs. Their corporate and individual income tax cut provisions are nearly identical.
House and Senate Republicans ultimately will approve a final compromise plan, but Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper could veto it. He’s got more negotiating leverage this year because Democrats won enough legislative seats to block veto overrides.
POWER OUTAGE-HOT WEATHER
North Carolina utility customers lose power in hot weather
WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) – Thousands of people in a North Carolina county have lost their air conditioning during the current heat wave because of a fire at a substation.
Officials in Bertie County say Roanoke Electric Cooperative reported the fire at the Windsor substation at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Some 2,500 customers have been affected, including a high school and a middle school.
The cooperative said it was setting up a mobile substation to restore power, adding that some people may not have power until late Tuesday night.
County officials opened up a cooling station for people impacted by the outage. At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature in Windsor was 96 degrees.