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North Carolina lieutenant governor in voter fraud video
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s lieutenant governor appears in a video that offers instructions on how to commit voter fraud in the state.
The video , posted on Facebook, features Lt. Gov. Dan Forest telling how a group could collect the identifying information of infrequent voters before Election Day and then impersonate those voters at the polls, which is a crime under state law.
Forest says in the video, “Committing voter fraud is easy in our state.”
An amendment requiring a voter photo ID is on North Carolina’s November ballot.
Kareem Crayton heads a group that fought the state’s previous voter ID law. He said the plan Forest outlines is unworkable.
The state GOP director tells WRAL-TV the video is part of his party’s educational outreach supporting the photo ID amendment.



Poll worker’s error means vote re-do for legislative races
BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) – Nearly 150 North Carolina voters will be invited to cast their ballots a second time after a poll worker’s mistake meant they were given the wrong paperwork.
Brunswick County Elections Director Sarah Knotts said Tuesday the only difference between the two types of ballots that workers mixed up is a state House seat.
Knotts says the 147 affected voters will be notified by letter of the error and told they should come back and vote again. Knotts says voters who can’t redo their ballots will have their choices for sheriff, school board, county commissioner and other local races counted, but their state House selection will be dropped.
Those House races involve incumbent Reps. Frank Iler, a Republican in District 17, and Deb Butler, a Democrat in District 18.



The Latest: 2nd person faces murder charge in trooper death
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A prosecutor says a second person is facing a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina state trooper.
Columbus County District Attorney Jon David said 18-year-old Chauncy Askew was arrested early Tuesday in South Carolina on a charge of first-degree murder.
Authorities say Trooper Kevin Conner was shot last week by the driver of a pickup truck during a traffic stop on a rural North Carolina highway. The Highway Patrol has identified Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis as the driver, and he also faces a first-degree murder charge.
David said Tuesday that Askew was also in the truck, but didn’t elaborate on what role he played in the killing. David said Askew was being held in South Carolina and would be brought to North Carolina soon.
The district attorney’s office didn’t immediately respond to an email asking if Askew has a lawyer.



Bridgestone tire plant could get $30M to keep 2,000 jobs
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A tire-maker could get up to another $30 million from taxpayers if it keeps 2,000 jobs and upgrades its eastern North Carolina factory.
A state panel that approves big corporate incentives on Tuesday approved grants of up to $3 million a year for 10 years to Bridgestone Americas, which is updating its Wilson tire plant.
The company just finished a decade-long, $30 million grant as an original beneficiary of the state’s Job Maintenance and Capital Development program. The program benefits large employers that preserve their workforce levels and invest at least $150 million.
Only Bridgestone, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Fayetteville tire plant and two paper mills have received money from the program, which is designed to preserve good-paying jobs in towns outside major urban centers.



Marijuana-laced bar sickens 3 at North Carolina high school
HERTFORD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say three high schoolers were hospitalized in North Carolina after sharing a Captain Crunch bar laced with marijuana.
News outlets report that it happened at Perquimans County High School on Monday.
Matt Cheeseman with the school district says a ninth-grade girl brought in the bar made with Captain Crunch cereal and cut it up into quarters. It’s unclear if she herself was sickened. The hospitalized students were checked for nausea and released the same night.
The sheriff’s office says it “has taken out charges on the suspect.” Cheeseman says all parents and guardians in the district were notified, and the staff will discuss what happened with all grade levels this week.



Farmer finds decomposing body in N Carolina soybean field
MONROE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina farmer has found a decomposed body among the rows of soybeans in his field.
News outlets report the farmer was harvesting his crop Monday afternoon when he spotted the body in the 250-acre (101-hectare) field and called 911.
Union County officials believe the body had been there for a while, and said they couldn’t tell if the remains belonged to a man or a woman. Union County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Todd Elmore says it’s too early to tell if foul play was involved.
Elmore says authorities will wait to hear back from the medical examiner.
The soybean field in around 30 miles southeast of Charlotte. According to the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, the crop is typically planted between May and July.



UNC Asheville names lecture hall for 4 black professors
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina, Asheville has named a humanities lecture hall after four of the school’s first four black professors.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the school held a ceremony Friday to recognize the newly named Mullen & James Humanities Hall. The renaming ceremony took place during its fifth African-Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference.
Dolly Jenkins-Mullen and Dwight Mullen taught English, Charles James taught chemistry and Deborah “Dee” Grimes-James taught English. They came to the school in 1984, and were among its first African-American faculty members.
During their first decade at the school, the quartet created the African-American Colloquium to support first-year students. They recently retired.
Interdisciplinary, International, & Africana Studies Programs Director Agya Boakye-Boaten says they changed the course of UNCA’s “history in profound ways.”



Judges: All election board laws struck down to stay in place
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina judges have agreed to delay enforcing their entire ruling striking down several parts of the state’s election administration laws until fall election results are certified.
Members of the three-judge panel signed Monday an order sought jointly by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders involved in litigation challenging the latest iteration of the state election board.
A majority of the panel ruled last week that the current nine-member board structure was unconstitutional because it failed to give Cooper adequate control over the agency. Cooper has strong influence over only four board members.
The panel kept intact the board’s composition until after the November election, but it had not delayed rulings striking down other board-related laws until Monday. The order keeps the status quo through Dec. 3.



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