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A rare feat: bipartisan support on NC legislative remap
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Here’s a rare sight at the North Carolina legislature: Both parties back the same redistricting plan.
A proposal redrawing state House districts in Wake County should be on the floor next week after clearing two committees on Thursday after little debate.
State judges ordered new Wake lines by the end of June after ruling Republicans in 2017 impermissibly redrew four districts that hadn’t been struck down in previous litigation.
House Democratic and Republican leaders sponsored a new map identical to a third-party expert’s recommendations to federal judges in late 2017. Currently Democrats hold all 11 Wake seats, and incumbents seeking re-election wouldn’t be forced to run against each other under the proposal.
This map would only be used next year, since decennial redistricting begins in 2021.
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Kay Jewelers splits with worker who banned armed deputy
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Kay Jewelers has split with a North Carolina store manager who wouldn’t allow a deputy to pick up an engagement ring because the deputy was wearing his service weapon.
The Charlotte Observer reports the store said on Facebook Thursday that the Statesville worker is no longer employed by the company. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said Wednesday that the deputy went to the store on his lunch break this week and left without the ring he’d purchased.
Campbell says the manager met the deputy at the door and told him he couldn’t enter while armed with his service weapon. Campbell says it’s against department policy to remove service weapons while in uniform.
The company says it’s now reinforcing store training regarding Customer First policies.
NC Republicans look to regroup, pick leader at convention
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans are gathering for their annual convention and regrouping after some electoral setbacks, an absentee ballot probe and legal troubles for the outgoing state chairman.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the GOP convention beginning Friday in Concord.
Delegates on Saturday will choose a successor to Robin Hayes as chairman. Hayes said he wouldn’t seek re-election the day before being indicted on charges related to attempts to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner on behalf of a wealthy donor.
Announced candidates to succeed Hayes include Michael Whatley, Jim Womack and John Lewis.
Republican majorities at the legislature are no longer veto-proof after November’s elections. A new election also was ordered in the 9th Congressional District after investigations of a political operative working for then-GOP nominee Mark Harris.
Owner of Alabama’s oldest jewelry retailer dies at 87
CASHIERS, N.C. (AP) – Frank Bromberg Jr., who headed Alabama’s oldest jewelry and family-owned retailer, has died. He was 87.
News outlets report Bromberg died Tuesday in Cashiers, North Carolina. He was the fifth generation to lead Bromberg’s, a family-owned jewelry store that opened its doors in 1836 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Al.com reports Bromberg served the company as president and chairman of the board throughout his career. In addition to Bromberg’s, he held several positions with his alma mater, the University of Alabama, including serving on the board of trustees for almost 20 years. Before joining the family business, Bromberg was a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
In a Facebook post on Bromberg’s page Wednesday, the company called Bromberg “an excellent leader” and “a fine example of a life well lived.”