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UNC PRESIDENT-BOARD SEATS
Documents: UNC system president didn’t report board seats
(Information from: WBTV-TV, http://www.wbtv.com/)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Records obtained by a North Carolina news outlet show the interim president of the University of North Carolina system and former CEO of the UNC Health Care System failed to disclose his seats on the boards of major corporations while those corporations did business with the state.
WBTV reports it obtained records from 2011 to 2019 that reveal William Roper serves on the UNC Health Care System board as well as having served on the DaVita, Inc. board and the boards of three successor companies in pharmacy benefits administration.
Records show Roper made around $5 million from his board involvements. The omissions on Roper’s forms came as some of the companies conducted business with the state.
Roper stated he recuses himself from matters that might pose a conflict of interest and has filed amended forms.
North Carolina men get decade in prison for armed carjacking
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say two men involved in an armed carjacking in North Carolina have each been sentenced to a more than decade in prison.
The Charlotte-based U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that De’Asion Malik Coleman and Marquise Tyrelle Sharpe-Tall received their sentences Tuesday after pleading guilty last year to carjacking and firearms charges. Both men are 21-year-olds from Charlotte.
Authorities say the two men approached a parked car in 2017 and forced a man out of it after pointing a gun at him and hitting him. The victim called 911 and police caught the men after a pursuit.
An attorney for Coleman declined to comment. A lawyer for Sharpe-Tall didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL FIRE
7 cats die in blaze at North Carolina animal hospital
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A fire at a North Carolina animal hospital killed 7 cats, while 14 dogs and an iguana were able to be rescued.
News outlets report officials with the Durham Fire Department say they responded to an alert of a burglary alarm going off at an animal hospital Tuesday night, and arrived to find the building on fire.
A fire department news release says the rescued animals were taken to another veterinary hospital. No responders were injured.
WRAL reports the smoldering fire started back up again early Wednesday morning just minutes after crews had left, prompting them to return. The battalion chief told the outlet the building had many hidden spaces that were hard for crews to access and extinguish.
NORTH CAROLINA RESTAURANT SHOOTING
1 shot, killed in argument outside North Carolina restaurant
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say one man was shot and killed during an argument outside a North Carolina restaurant.
Winston-Salem Police Capt. Steven Tollie told reporters the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon outside the restaurant near a busy mall.
He said responding officers found one man with a gunshot wound, and he later died. His name was not immediately released.
Tollie said he was shot after several men who were customers of the restaurant got into an argument outside.
He said a gun was fired during the argument, striking the man who later died. He said the men involved are being questioned by police and that no one connected with the shooting is at large.
He described it as an isolated event and not an ongoing threat to the community.
Replacement seated for lawmaker who stalked wife
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A 25-year-old Republican is taking over the North Carolina House seat previously held by a lawmaker pleaded guilty to cyberstalking his estranged wife.
A spokesman for state House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday that Jake Johnson was sworn in after being appointed to serve as the representative for a western North Carolina district that includes Transylvania and Polk counties and part of Henderson County.
The state Republican Party says Johnson became one of the youngest elected officials in state history when at 22 he became a Polk County commissioner.
Johnson replaces 27-year-old Cody Henson, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges last month and resigned.
Henson said he used the wrong methods to try to keep his family together.
Rhiannon Giddens, Frank Johnson to get Americana award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens and the late Frank Johnson, the leader of a 19th century black brass band, will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award.
The Americana Music Association announced the new award on Wednesday in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music. The award will be presented during the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 11.
Giddens, from North Carolina, won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best traditional folk album with the string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Johnson’s band was popular during the 1800s in North Carolina, but his contributions have largely been forgotten.
This story corrects the identity of one of the recipients of the award from Francis “Frank” Johnson to Frank Johnson. The error was made due to erroneous information provided by the Americana Music Association.
ELECTION 2020-RACIAL DISCORD
Trump’s America: Where politics dictate definition of racism
ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Americans are engaged in a heated national debate on race, and President Donald Trump’s provocations are often at the heart of the discussion.
In interviews with The Associated Press across a half-dozen states, voters see a country divided by racial animus. They say race relations are better than a generation ago, but worse than before Trump’s presidency.
Opinions break down largely along ideological lines. The debate has been fanned by Trump’s use of white identity politics and inflamed by white supremacist violence like last weekend’s shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Scott Bremner is a talk-radio host in Pennsylvania. He has often found himself refereeing race issues on the air. He tried to establish whether his listeners could agree on what racism is. He realized that the answer was no.
SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENTS
Schools increasingly aim to assess, manage student threats
Schools around the country have been setting up teams to assess threats posed by students who display signs of violence like the former student who compiled a “hit list” years ago in high school and went on to kill nine people in a weekend shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
Despite consensus on the approach’s benefits, school officials say they are limited in what they can do by privacy concerns, a lack of resources and limits on what they can communicate once a student leaves school.
Former classmates said the gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was suspended for compiling a “hit list” and a “rape list” during his junior year of high school.
The goal of screening programs at a growing number of schools is to not only flag and address threats raised by students, but also to track and manage any risk they might pose to themselves and others.