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Judges: N Carolina congress map unlawful with partisan bias
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal judges have affirmed their earlier decision striking North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional because Republicans drew them with excessive partisanship, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the case be re-examined.
The three-judge panel ruled Monday again for election advocacy groups and Democrats who sued to challenge North Carolina’s congressional boundaries.
Judges previously deemed the map an illegal partisan gerrymander that violated constitutional protections of Democratic voters. But the Supreme Court ordered them in June to take a second look based on a Wisconsin redistricting case in which justices found plaintiffs hadn’t proven they had the right to challenge the lines.
The Greensboro-based court raised the possibility that North Carolina’s 13 districts could be redrawn for this year’s elections. Some plaintiffs say new maps for 2020 would be more likely.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
UNC boards have special meetings in aftermath of statue fall
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The boards that govern North Carolina’s flagship university are holding special meetings a week after protesters tore down a century-old Confederate statue on campus.
The University of North Carolina declined to confirm the purpose of the specially convened meetings Tuesday, a week after the fall of the statue known as “Silent Sam.”
The UNC system’s Board of Governors is receiving a legal briefing, according to a public agenda that doesn’t offer further details.
Trustees of the main Chapel Hill campus are also meeting separately. Both boards are planning to hold at least part of their meetings in sessions closed to the public, according to meeting notices.
A UNC spokeswoman declined to provide further information.
A week ago, protesters used ropes to pull down the statue during a protest attended by hundreds.
SUPREME COURT-CANDIDATE LAWSUIT
Appeals court won’t block ruling on candidate party label
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans have been dealt another setback in their efforts to remove a state Supreme Court candidate’s party affiliation from the ballot.
The state Court of Appeals declined Monday the request of GOP legislative leaders to block a lower court’s order that candidate Chris Anglin to be listed as a Republican on the November ballot.
A trial court judge this month halted enforcement of a new law removing party designations next to the names of Anglin and a few other judicial candidates because they had switched their affiliation too close to filing.
Anglin – a registered Democrat until three weeks before filing to run – says the law unfairly targeted him.
The state Supreme Court could still step in the case. Time is dwindling before ballots must be printed.
INTERSTATE 40-LANE CLOSURES
Lane closures scheduled for Interstate 40 in Triad
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Lane closures are scheduled for a portion of Interstate 40 in North Carolina to allow workers to make repairs to median walls.
The N.C. Department of Transportation said in a news release repairs began in the eastbound lanes on Monday at mile marker 193, and it’s expected the lanes will be closed for about four weeks.
Starting next week, the work moves to overnight hours with both the left lane and the lane next to it closed, as well as the westbound lane next to the median.
The final two weeks of work will return to daytime hours. The left eastbound lane will remain closed as well as the left westbound lane. The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 21.
Trump nominating N. Carolina native Rushing for 4th Circuit
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump is nominating a North Carolina native who has worked for two current Supreme Court justices for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump announced Monday his choice of Allison Jones Rushing for the 15-member appeals court with jurisdiction over cases from the Carolinas, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Rushing would replace Judge Allyson Duncan, a Durham native retiring after 15 years on the court.
Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr recommended Rushing to Trump and praised her judicial experience. She must receive Senate confirmation.
Rushing is a partner in the office of a Washington law firm. She went to Wake Forest University and Duke law school and clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and for Justice Neil Gorsuch when he was on the 10th Circuit appeals court.
NORTH CAROLINA-BALLOT BATTLE
Senate wraps up approval of latest constitutional amendments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina legislators have finalized two new constitutional amendments to submit to voters in November after a judicial panel’s ruling keeping those questions off ballots caused them to try again.
On near party-line votes the Senate voted Monday for amendments designed to comply with the judges’ decision last week. The House already approved the redone proposals last Friday as the Republican-controlled General Assembly called a special session to consider new amendments.
Both amendments would shift powers from the executive branch to the legislature when it comes to the state elections board and filling judicial vacancies. The referendum questions for each amendment also were altered – a response to the judges’ ruling.
Constitutional amendments aren’t subject to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, but his lawsuit led to the recent judicial ruling.
Man shot on North Carolina interstate
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A man was shot multiple times while traveling in a vehicle on a major North Carolina highway.
News outlets report that a portion of I-85 in Charlotte was shut down Monday after the interstate shooting occurred.
Police said they believe multiple shots were fired from a vehicle that pulled up next to the victim’s car as it was moving down the highway.
Police said they found the victim inside his car with several gunshot wounds. Police said the man has serious injuries, but they are not life threatening.
No immediate motive for the shooting was given and no immediate arrests were made.
FORMER GOVERNOR-PRISON PROGRAM
Former Gov. Riley participates in prison reading program
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A former South Carolina governor is participating in a program that officials hope helps keep inmate fathers in touch with their children.
The Department of Corrections says former Gov. Dick Riley is spending time at Kirkland Correctional Institution on Tuesday as a special guest for a program called Father’s Voice.
Officials say the program was created through the Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative and aims to establish a bond between incarcerated parents and their children by providing ways for them to connect when they can’t visit in person or talk on the telephone.
Organizers say inmate fathers on good behavior are given recordable books, on which they can tape their voices and send home to their children.