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Vigils held to support North Carolina Medicaid expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – People who want the North Carolina legislature to expand Medicaid this year to cover hundreds of thousands of additional adults are gathering across the state to remember people who lacked insurance.
The North Carolina Justice Center is organizing more than 20 “Health Care Can’t Wait” vigils for Wednesday evening, stretching from Sylva to Wilmington. The events are designed to remember people who suffered and died because they couldn’t afford health care.
Medicaid expansion supporters are urging legislators to include expansion in their final budget. Neither the House nor the Senate budget proposals contain it.
About 2 million people already qualify for Medicaid in North Carolina. More than 35 states already have expanded Medicaid eligibility in some form through the 2010 federal health care overhaul.
House finally deciding on North Carolina ‘born-alive’ veto
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers will finally decide whether to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that says doctors and nurses can be charged with a crime if they fail to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.
House Republicans scheduled an override vote Wednesday on the “born alive” measure. The Senate agreed to the override weeks ago, but House leaders kept delaying votes through May.
Republicans need help from several House Democrats to complete the override and enact the measure. Bill sponsors scheduled an eleventh-hour news conference Wednesday to urge Democratic support.
Cooper’s veto message said the measure was unnecessary, and laws already protect newborns.
President Donald Trump has expressed support for “born-alive” bills. The Wisconsin Senate also scheduled a vote on a similar measure Wednesday.
North Carolina governor declares June as Safety Month
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has declared June as Safety Month in the state, asking that people and employers follow basic safety rules and practices to be safe.
Cooper said in a news release that the state Office of State Human Resources is launching Flag The Hazard, a statewide hazard awareness campaign for state government. One part of the campaign is an online Flag The Hazard reporting tool that will send reports automatically to the appropriate agency safety coordinator for handling.
Employees without computer access may report concerns to their safety coordinator.
State agencies and universities will hold safety education activities throughout June to encourage workers to recognize and correct existing unsafe workplaces.
Cooper encouraged other government and non-government employers to also take steps to make their workplaces safer.
North Carolina man gets life for killing girlfriend, family
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend, her brother and her mother.
The Greensboro News & Record reports 43-year-old Tommy James Stout was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to murder in the 2018 hammer and hatchet attack. Reidsville police have said officers were called that November to the family’s home and found 43-year-old Madge Sizemore and 49-year-old David Stanley Sizemore Jr. dead. Their 73-year-old mother, Judy, was found wounded and later died.
Prosecutor Stephanie Reese told the court that the gruesome scene led investigators to initially believe the slayings were gun-related. Authorities later determined each victim was attacked with a hammer and hatchet found at the home. Reese says Stout was connected to the crime when he tried to pawn family belongings.
DATA BREACH SETTLEMENT
Arizona Attorney General: settlement reached in data breach
PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Attorney General’s office says a settlement has been reached in the first health care data breach lawsuit involving numerous states.
The office said Tuesday the deal was reached with health care software provider Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. and NoMoreClipboard, LLC, which will pay the states $900,000 and improve data security. The case was filed in Indiana, home to Medical Informatics.
The lawsuit sprang from a May 2015 data breach. Hackers infiltrated a web application run by Medical Informatics and stole the health information of more than 3.9 million individuals, including 26,000 in Arizona. Information included names, Social Security numbers, lab results and diagnoses.
Also participating in the case were Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
POWERBALL WINNER-NORTH CAROLINA
Fortune cookie means big fortune for Powerball winner
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man who says he based his Powerball entry on a fortune cookie he got from his granddaughter now has a fortune to celebrate.
WRAL in Raleigh reports retired retailer Charles W. Jackson Jr. stepped forward at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim last weekend’s $344.6 million jackpot.
Jackson chose the $223 million lump sum payment and said he would donate some of it to several charities and give $1 million to his brother to make good on a deal they made.
Jackson initially thought he had won just $50,000 and was heading to Raleigh to collect, but looked again and saw he’d won a lot more. He also said he had to find the jackpot amount on Google because he doesn’t watch television news.
House rejection begins North Carolina budget negotiations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina budget negotiations can begin in earnest after the House formally rejected the Senate’s two-year spending plan.
The House declined Tuesday to accept the Senate budget approved last week. The House approved its own plan a month ago. The two Republican-controlled chambers aim to get a budget compromise to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper soon.
Cooper told reporters earlier Tuesday he’d like to be involved in talks but expects it to be largely a legislative exercise for now. He’s got problems with both plans, particularly on corporate tax cuts and the absence of Medicaid expansion.
Cooper could veto the legislature’s budget, leading to extended negotiations with him if Republicans can’t override the veto. The governor wants expansion but wouldn’t say he’d refuse to sign a budget without it included.
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Police: NC shooting suspect planned attack for months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say the man charged with fatally shooting two students and wounding four others in a North Carolina university classroom told them he’d planned the shooting for months but gave up the assault after he was tackled and brought to the floor.
Police detectives say in newly unsealed search warrants that former student Trystan Andrew Terrell admitted entering the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on April 30 intending to shoot people. The warrants say he paused to load his gun in a bathroom before attacking. A student was fatally shot when he tackled the shooter.
In statements seeking court permission to access the suspect’s cellphone, a police detective described Terrell as saying he used his phone to record a video of the area where the shooting happened. It’s not clear what the recording shows.