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North Carolina honors veterans for 75th anniversary of D-Day
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a ceremony and special meetings by the General Assembly at the old state Capitol.
Legislative Leaders and foreign diplomats plan to honor World War II veterans attending the events on Thursday, as well as remember the 39 North Carolinians who died during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
The formal midday ceremony will include a wreath-laying, followed by rifle salutes and other ceremonial military activities.
Earlier in the morning, there will be state House and Senate sessions at the 1840 Capitol building, where lawmakers will pass a resolution to honor the living and dead who participated in the Allied invasion of France.
Ex-US Sen Hagan makes rare appearance years after diagnosis
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A former U.S. senator who has been suffering from brain inflammation made a rare public appearance at a groundbreaking ceremony for an airport where she helped gain funding.
The Greensboro News and Record reports Kay Hagan helped break ground Wednesday on a new air traffic control tower at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Airport Executive Director Kevin Baker says Hagan visited during her time as a senator, and helped alert others in Washington to the need for a new tower.
Hagan’s husband says her condition, which developed from a tick-borne illness, makes it difficult for her to speak and walk. He says she hadn’t gotten out often since her 2016 diagnosis.
The Greensboro Democrat defeated Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. She lost her seat in 2014 to Republican Thom Tillis.
Sheriff: 5-year-old North Carolina boy killed by crossfire
RED SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) – A 5-year-old North Carolina boy has been killed by crossfire between people fighting near state Highway 72.
Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins tells news outlets that Alva Paisley Oxendine was wounded Wednesday night near Red Springs and pronounced dead at a hospital hours later.
The sheriff says in a statement that Alva was sitting in the back seat of his mother’s car when he was shot. Alva’s brother was also in the back seat but wasn’t wounded.
Wilkins says a planned fight between two groups led to the shooting. The Robesonian reports a recording of the fight was posted online. The sheriff’s office is investigating.
MARTINEZ-NATIONAL MEMORIAL BOARD
Former New Mexico governor joins national memorial board
(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is joining an advisory board of a group working on a national memorial in Washington, D.C., for soldiers who fought in recent wars.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Republican was recently appointed to the board of the North Carolina-based Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. The group is seeking to honor those who fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places connected to conflicts called the war on terror.
Martinez says she’s grateful for the opportunity to support the effort.
Former President George W. Bush is the honorary chairman of the foundation.
Foundation President and CEO Michael “Rod” Rodriguez is a former Green Beret who says his hometown is Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Martinez served as district attorney before becoming governor.
ABORTION-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST
The Latest: Veto of North Carolina ‘born alive’ upheld
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican leaders have failed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that would have created a new crime against doctors and nurses who fail to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.
Enough Democrats sided with Cooper to defeat the override Wednesday by a vote of 67-53. An override required 72 votes. The Senate had voted to override in April.
The unsuccessful override hands a victory to abortion-rights groups and lawmakers after a series of legislative defeats in recent weeks in other states, such as Alabama.
The “born-alive” measure would have directed health care practitioners to grant newborns delivered after an abortion the same protections as other patients. Cooper’s veto message said the measure was unnecessary, and laws already protect newborns.
President Donald Trump has expressed support for “born alive” bills.
ELECTION SECURITY-NORTH CAROLINA
Feds to test North Carolina election computers for hacking
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More than two years after a 2016 Election Day technical failure, federal computer sleuths will scour North Carolina polling equipment supplied by a company targeted by Russian military intelligence.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it will analyze laptops and replicated computer hard drives used in heavily Democratic Durham County to rule out hacking for malfunctions that forced officials to issue paper ballots and extend voting hours.
DHS is acting after North Carolina elections officials last week renewed their long-dormant request.
State and local officials said previously that they found no indication the election software vendor VR Systems used for voter registration and check-in were targeted by hackers. But they never did forensic probes.
Russian agents targeted state and local elections officials using VR Systems products with malicious emails.
New trial ordered for man convicted in college student death
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge has ruled that a man serving a life sentence for the murder of a college student should get a new trial because of ineffective counsel and questions about DNA evidence.
Attorney Chris Mumma said a judge ruled Wednesday that Mark Carver should get a new trial for his conviction in the death of 20-year-old Ira Yarmolenko, a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found dead in 2008 on the banks of the Catawba River in Gaston County.
Mumma says that once Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg signs his order, Carver can eventually post a $100,000 bond and be released on house arrest.
District Attorney Locke Bell tells media outlets that he plans to appeal the ruling, which followed a two-week hearing in April.
Alcohol sale option at UNC athletic events advance in Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Legislation giving all North Carolina public universities the option to sell beer and wine during campus athletic events continues to advance in the General Assembly.
The Senate’s education committee agreed on Wednesday in a close vote to a House bill giving authority to trustee boards at University of North Carolina system campuses the option to sell alcoholic drinks at their stadiums and athletic facilities. Currently, sales or consumption for games are prohibited inside venues, save for a few exceptions.
Bill supporters include the universities, which say controlling game-day consumption inside venues should lead to fewer alcohol-related problems coming from outside. Some committee members questioned promoting alcohol when binge drinking is a serious issue on campuses.
The legislation cleared the House in April and now heads to another Senate committee.