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NC Senate vote means showdown nears on immigration bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Republican-controlled General Assembly is heading for a showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper as legislators near final passage of a bill that would strong-arm several North Carolina sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
The Senate approved a measure 25-18 on Monday requiring all sheriffs to recognize requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold inmates ICE believes are in the country unlawfully. Sheriffs also would have to check the immigration status of everyone in their jails.
A version already passed the House, and the Senate’s changes are also backed by the House bill’s sponsors.
Earlier Monday, Cooper called the bill unconstitutional and signaled a likely veto if it reaches his desk.
The bill was prompted by recently elected Democratic sheriffs who won’t comply with ICE detainers.
North Carolina abortion ban ruling to be appealed
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State officials are appealing a federal judge’s decision that struck down North Carolina’s ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in a medical emergency.
A lawyer for North Carolina’s Department of Justice filed the notice of appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, hours before the appeal window was to expire.
The department is led by Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein, who supports abortion rights. Stein said Monday night that’s why he won’t participate in the appeal, leaving it to career lawyers in the agency.
U.S. District Judge William Osteen declared the law unconstitutional because the 20-week limit prohibited some abortions before a fetus could live outside the womb. His judgment would allow some women to obtain abortions later but prior to viability.
North Carolina House remap for Wake County gets final OK
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The reworking of several North Carolina House districts in and around Raleigh now have new boundaries for the 2020 elections after the legislature agreed overwhelmingly to a redistricting plan.
The Senate voted unanimously on Monday for a map of districts for Wake County’s House seats. The House voted for it earlier this month by a wide margin. The legislation isn’t subject to Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, since it involves redistricting. But both House Democratic and Republican leaders sponsored the bill.
The lines were redrawn because state judges ordered new Wake lines by the end of the month after ruling Republicans in 2017 impermissibly redrew four districts that hadn’t been struck down in previous litigation. The new lines are identical to a third-party expert’s recommendations to federal judges in late 2017.
Repel of tuition surcharge at UNC schools heads to governor
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has decided that University of North Carolina system students shouldn’t be subject to penalties that could cost them thousands of extra dollars to get their degrees.
The House voted overwhelmingly on Monday night for a measure that eliminates the 50 percent tuition surcharge upon students who exceed set credit-hour limits before completing their four- or five-year program to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
The bill already passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk.
A surcharge of some kind has been in place since the 1990s and was designed to encourage students to finish their degrees on time. But senators pushing the bill say the surcharge disproportionately affects older students and transfer students and could harm veterans seeking degrees.
Air Force: Lasers pointed at planes over North Carolina
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Officials with the U.S. Air Force say lasers have been aimed at military planes in separate incidents in North Carolina.
The Charlotte Observer reports officials at Pope Army Airfield say the lasers were aimed at the aircraft near the field. According to a news release, the incidents occurred several weeks apart and came from two different locations.
Pope flight safety manager Rich Galley says lasers can distract or cause serious injury to pilots who already have several things to monitor while airborne.
According to the Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration recorded more than 5,500 cases of lasers aimed at aircraft in the U.S. last year.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
North Carolina company announces recall of frozen sausage
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials say a North Carolina-based food processor is recalling more than 800 pounds (363 kilograms) of ready-to-eat frozen andouille sausage which may be contaminated with metal.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that the sausages from San Giuseppe Salami Co. by Giacomo in Elon were produced on May 19. The department says the products show establishment number “EST.21556” and were shipped to retailers and institutional locations in Greensboro. The varying weights of vacuum-packed, individually sealed packages also carry a sell-by date of Nov. 10, 2019.
The company contacted the USDA service after it received a report that a consumer found a piece of a metal ring in the product.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions resulting from consuming the sausage.
NEW CULINARY FESTIVAL
Asheville culinary festival celebrates Appalachian tradition
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Organizers of a culinary festival in North Carolina hope to cook up a new tradition honoring the history of Appalachia.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the event called “Chow Chow” will be in Asheville from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15. It’s named after a traditional sweet and sour vegetable slaw.
Chef Katie Button says the festival is loosely modeled after “Charleston Food + Wine,” which has been catering to foodies each year for more than a decade.
“Chow Chow” is scheduled to fire up a tasting fair, seminars and 20 signature events. Organizers also plan to stir in a culinary bus tour, soul food walking tour, field-to-fork brunch and more.
The festival is partnering with MANNA FoodBank to reduce food waste by giving uneaten food to those in need.
JAIL OFFICERS ATTACKED
3 North Carolina inmates accused of assaulting jail officers
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have accused three inmates in a North Carolina jail of assaulting four officers over the weekend.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that when the officers tried to return an inmate to his cell after he initially refused, two other inmates moved behind the officers and assaulted them. Sheriff Bill Beam called the assault “savage.”
The sheriff’s office says it filed multiple charges against 43-year-old Larry Wade Stanley Jr. of Lincolnton, including attempted first-degree murder. He is jailed without bond.
Multiple charges were also filed against 24-year-old Thomas Utah McDonald of Denver and 29-year-old Dustin Logan Ensley of Lincolnton, including assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer.
One officer suffered a concussion. All four officers sustained injuries to their face, head and arms.