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SUPREME COURT-FINAL DAY-THE LATEST
The Latest: Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is forbidding President Donald Trump’s administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for now. The court says the Trump administration’s explanation for wanting to add the question was “more of a distraction” than an explanation.
It’s unclear whether the administration would have time to provide a fuller account. Census forms are supposed to be printed beginning next week.
The court ruled 5-4 on Thursday, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberals in the relevant part of the outcome.
A lower court found the administration violated federal law in the way it tried to add a question broadly asking about citizenship for the first time since 1950.
The Census Bureau’s own experts have predicted that millions of Hispanics and immigrants would go uncounted if the census asked everyone if he or she is an American citizen.
CHILDREN DEAD-BURNING HOME
Sheriff: Mexican held in family’s killing is in US illegally
TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities say the man accused of murdering his ex-wife and her two children is a Mexican citizen who’s in the United States illegally.
Thirty-year-old Areli Aguirre Avilez is charged with murder in the death of 38-year-old mother Maria Calderon, and her children, 11-year-old Angel Pacheco and 12-year-old America Pacheco. The children were found shot inside their burned home, while Calderon is presumed dead. Police say Avilez’s 16-year-old girlfriend joined in the attack, running the mother over with a vehicle at his command and then helping him dump her body into the Catawba River .
The Alexander County Sheriff’s department says Avilez also has been indicted on charges of statutory rape, arson and violating a domestic violence order with a weapon. The 16-year-old is charged with murder and arson.
Final votes coming on NC Republicans’ budget proposal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some Democrats are voting with Republicans on a North Carolina state government budget written by the GOP. But so far it doesn’t appear bipartisan enough to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s likely veto of the spending plan.
The House and Senate scheduled final votes for Thursday on the two-year proposal. On Wednesday, four Senate Democrats and three House Democrats joined all Republicans present in giving the measure preliminary approval.
Cooper is unhappy the measure doesn’t contain Medicaid expansion and keeps proposed corporate tax cuts intact. An override vote would follow any veto, but more House Democrats would have to defect for an override to be successful.
Republican leaders say they’ve offered one big concession – proposing a special session later this year to debate health care access proposals, including Medicaid expansion.
HOTEL DEATHS-CARBON MONOXIDE
Police suspect carbon monoxide poisoning in 2 hotel deaths
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say carbon monoxide poisoning may be the cause of two deaths at a North Carolina hotel.
News outlets report investigators say 28-year-old Jacob Galloway and 39-year-old James Landreth were found dead in a room on June 9 at the Best Western hotel in Asheville. They were in town for a rugby tournament.
A search warrant says Asheville Fire Chief Shane Mackey determined a utility room at the hotel was directly behind and below the men’s room, and said an exhaust pipe wasn’t vented to the outside. Mackey said carbon monoxide could have seeped from the utility closet to their room.
The Office of the State Medical Examiner has performed autopsies on the men, but police say toxicology reports could take up to eight months to complete.
Last call delay at 2020 RNC stopped by North Carolina House
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An effort to delay last calls at restaurants and watering holes in and around Charlotte during next year’s Republican National Convention has been shut down by the North Carolina House.
A bill debated on the House floor on Wednesday would have extended alcoholic drink sales in Mecklenburg County from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. around the convention. Drinking could have continued until 4:30 a.m.
The provision was removed after House Democratic leader Darren Jackson of Wake County said it could lead to more impaired-driving crashes and set a poor precedent for other major in-state events. There was no such extension at the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte.
The scaled-back bill that returned to the Senate after a floor vote still allows out-of-state police officers to work at the convention.
No retrial for man freed after serving 40 years for murder
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man who was once on death row for a shopkeeper’s slaying won’t be retried in the case that put him behind bars for more than 40 years.
The prosecutor has filed a dismissal notice in the case of 81-year-old Charles Ray Finch of Wilson, who was released last month from Greene Correctional Institution.
In the notice dated June 14, Wilson County District Attorney Robert Evans writes that a retrial of the 1976 case is “impractical/impossible” because witnesses are dead, retired or relocated.
An attorney at the Duke Wrongful Convictions Clinic said his lawyers learned of the dismissal of charges Tuesday.
Finch was sentenced to die for the murder of a shopkeeper during an attempted robbery of a Wilson grocery store. He was resentenced to life in prison.
STEPHEN CURRY-MEDIA MOVES
Steph Curry makes faithful moves through production company
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is using a foundation of faith to build a career away from the basketball court through his burgeoning production company.
Curry co-founded Unanimous Media to produce content focusing on sports, family and faith. The newly-formed company already has several projects under its belt including a major studio film, network television show and a couple documentaries.
Curry says he wants to “uplift people who need to be uplifted.”
His latest project features himself in an original docuseries “Stephen vs. The Game” on Facebook Watch, a video-on-demand service. It explores the point guard’s on and off-the-court journey through this past season.
Unanimous Media is also behind the new documentary “Emanuel” and the faith-based film “Breakthrough,” which opened third at the box office.
House approves lawsuit option against ‘sanctuary’ policies
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina House wants to give individuals the ability to sue North Carolina local governments that enact policies blocking enforcement of federal immigration laws or preventing their officers from gathering information about someone’s immigration status.
State law already prohibits “sanctuary” policies, but the measure approved Wednesday by the chamber goes further by allowing anyone to file a lawsuit to halt such a policy should a city or county initiate one.
The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. George Cleveland of Onslow County. A previous version of his bill would have directed the Attorney General to investigate claims that such policies exist and suspend the distribution of revenues to local government found to be in violation.
The latest edition advanced to the Senate following a largely party-line vote of 65-52.