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Court: N Carolina lawmakers can decide block-grant spending
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court has agreed the General Assembly can decide how federal block grant money is spent, even when the governor wants to use it differently. A three-judge Court of Appeals panel upheld unanimously on Tuesday a trial-court decision favoring Republican legislative leaders whom Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper sued over line-items in the 2017 state budget law.
US Marine charged with illegally flying guns into Haiti
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a U.S. Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country’s military learn marksmanship and defeat “thugs” causing instability. A criminal complaint last week in a North Carolina federal court charges Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms. Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage including eight firearms but lacked needed licenses to take them abroad.
North Carolina lottery takes step toward more online sales
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lottery leaders have taken a key step toward expanding online sales, while leaving themselves a way out if they aren’t satisfied with the details or face opposition from retailers or politicians. The state lottery commission voted on Tuesday for the idea of marketing “digital instants” without officially directing that these online games begin. Commission members want a comprehensive business plan before making a final decision.
Ex-North Carolina Sen. Rand leaves lottery commission
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The chairman of the North Carolina lottery commission has resigned from the panel in a move that appears health-related. Tony Rand submitted his resignation to Gov. Roy Cooper the day before Tuesday’s commission meeting. The 80-year-old Rand served in the state Senate for 22 years, about half of them as majority leader. He helped write state laws creating what’s now the North Carolina Education Lottery. Now Courtney Crowder is the chairman.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS
Former N Carolina Senate candidate Ross to run for Congress
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Senate nominee for North Carolina Democrats in 2016 is now running for Congress in a Raleigh-area district newly redrawn to favor her party. Deborah Ross of Raleigh announced on Tuesday she would seek the 2nd Congressional District seat covering a portion of Wake County. The 2nd District seat is currently held by GOP Rep. George Holding, who hasn’t said yet whether he’ll seek reelection.
US Marine accused in roommate’s death pleads guilty
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A US Marine accused of killing his roommate last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will spend at least 25 years in prison. News outlets report Cpl. Javier Garzon entered his plea on Tuesday before an Onslow County judge. Investigators say Garzon and Cpl. David Rutherford, who with Garzon were assigned to New River Air Station, were arguing before Rutherford was stabbed to death in August 2018.
WOUNDED MAN-CAR FIRE
Man found shot in burning car; city vows to fight violence
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A wounded man who was pulled from a burning vehicle in North Carolina has died. Citing a press release, news outlets report Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called Monday about shots fired in a neighborhood. Officers found the man wounded inside a car that was on fire. Police say the man was pulled from the car as firefighters put out the flames. Officers performed CPR, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Charlotte’s mayor says she plans to ask city council to review homicide cases.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina judge rules Confederate monument stays down
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The United Daughters of the Confederacy has lost a bid to put a Confederate monument back on the grounds of a North Carolina courthouse after county officials removed it. WRAL reports Superior Court Judge Susan Bray issued the ruling Monday, more than a week after the monument was removed from the Chatham County Courthouse grounds.