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Board: N Carolina lawmaker didn’t disclose $140K in activity
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s elections board has sent to prosecutors the case of a state House member whom investigators allege failed to report over $140,000 in campaign contributions expenditures over several years.
The elections panel voted unanimously Wednesday to send their findings involving Democratic Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte and his campaign to the Mecklenburg County district attorney. The board agreed there’s “clear and convincing evidence” of false campaign reports and unlawful spending.
Moore has served in the General Assembly since 2011 but lost in a May primary. The investigation began last year following an audit.
Moore and former campaign treasurer Tammy Neal didn’t attend Wednesday’s meeting. Reached by phone, Moore had no comment on the referral. Neal rejected the allegations and says she’s been ready to provide more information investigators sought.
JUDICIAL CANDIDATE-DWI CHARGE
North Carolina Supreme Court hopeful had DWI charge in 2009
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court pleaded guilty more than nine years ago to trespassing and driving while impaired.
The Charlotte Observer reports Republican Chris Anglin was stopped by police in Greensboro in January 2009 and charged after he registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.14, nearly twice the legal limit. The following September, he pleaded guilty.
That December, Anglin was charged with attempted breaking and entering and pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing. On Wednesday, he attributed both cases to struggles with alcohol in his 20s. He said he’s since gotten sober.
Anglin criticized N.C. Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse for emailing Anglin’s arrest records to a listserv the GOP maintains. Anglin has feuded with the GOP since he switched party affiliation and entered the Supreme Court race.
HURRICANE FLORENCE-FIRE DEPARTMENT
Firefighters who performed rescues after Florence need help
(Information from: WITN-TV, http://www.witn.com/)
WALLACE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina volunteer fire department which helped save more than 100 people after Hurricane Florence says it is in need of help.
WITN-TV in Greenville reports the North East Volunteer Fire Department outside of Wallace in Duplin County had 5 feet of water inside its station due to Florence, and 23 of the 28 firefighters who work at the station suffered damage to their own homes. Of those, 19 homes were flooded.
The department also lost one truck.
Chief Kenneth Cavenaugh said walls at the fire station have already been torn out and that it will take about a year to get the fire station back to the way it was before the hurricane. For now, Cavenaugh said the fire station is serving as a distribution for the area.
Pfizer PAC agrees to $40K settlement on political donations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A political action committee for employees of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay about $40,000 to the state after elections officials say it violated campaign laws by making donations during General Assembly sessions.
The state elections board agreed Wednesday to the settlement with the Pfizer Inc. PAC.
Board staff discovered nearly 50 checks from the PAC for legislators and Council of State members dated for 2016 and 2017 when lawmakers were meeting in their regular sessions. State law prevents such giving because Pfizer has a lobbyist.
The identified contributions were over $53,000, but the PAC and state board agreed to the reduced amount to avoid a potential legal fight and because the PAC had used a third-party firm to issue the checks.
TROOPER KILLED-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST
The Latest: Suspect in trooper’s shooting identified
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina state trooper.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a news release Wednesday that 20-year-old Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis of Chadbourn has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 11-year veteran Trooper Kevin Conner.
The patrol said Conner was shot and killed early Wednesday during a traffic stop in Columbus County. Sgt. Mike Baker said the trooper stopped a white pickup truck on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville. Baker said the driver shot Conner as he approached.
TVA begins Browns Ferry outage for Unit 1 modifications
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority has begun a scheduled outage at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 1 in Alabama to prepare it to generate additional electricity.
The utility said in a news release it will install 332 new nuclear fuel assemblies and perform a final round of modifications. Unit 1 will be the second of three Browns Ferry units to generate an additional 155 megawatts of electricity.
Unit 3 began operating at its new power rating in July. Final modifications will be installed on Unit 2 next spring.
The utility said the additional 465 megawatts of electricity is enough to power an additional 280,000 homes. The release said TVA plans to invest $475 million on the project.
TVA powers 9 million customers in parts of seven Southern states.
Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Conservationists told a judge that an imminent federal plan to shrink the territory of the only wild red wolves would hasten the animal’s extinction.
Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, countered that new rules for the red wolf program, set to be finalized next month, mean that the conservationists’ current arguments are moot. The federal lawyers say a new lawsuit would need to be filed to halt new plans set to be finalized by the end of November.
The lawsuit by conservationists argues that the federal government has for years neglected the wolves and allowed their wild population to decline to its most precarious position since the species was reintroduced the wild in the 1980s. An estimated 35 wild red wolves remain – all in eastern North Carolina.
ELECTIONS BOARD-FACEBOOK POST
Elections official resigns after online post about child sex
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A member of a North Carolina county elections board has resigned after posting on social media that Democrats plan to legalize pedophilia.
The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement confirmed Wednesday that Haywood County Board of Elections member Cornelia Cree, a Republican appointee, resigned from her position.
The Sept. 19 post, which was still on Cree’s Facebook page Wednesday, said if Democrats could have blocked Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, they would “make child abuse legal” so they could win Catholic votes by stopping lawsuits against priests regarding child sex abuse.
Her post was first reported by The News & Observer of Raleigh .
The state Republican Party had called for Cree’s removal. Her post was up for discussion by the state elections board before she resigned.