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Trump ally US Rep. Mark Meadows won’t seek reelection
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican congressman and ally to President Donald Trump Mark Meadows says he won’t seek reelection but that his work with the Trump administration “is only beginning.” In a statement Thursday, the North Carolina congressman says he struggled with the decision and came to it after discussion with his family. His announcement comes just a day after the U.S. House voted to impeach Trump on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress. Meadows is one of the most conservative members of the House and is a leader of the House Freedom Caucus. Meadows’ name has been floated inside the White House as a possible replacement for Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-MCCRORY
McCrory won’t run for NC governor; will consider Senate bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he won’t run for his old job in 2020. But he says he will consider a U.S. Senate bid for 2022. áThe Republican announced his decision Thursday on his radio program in Charlotte,áwhere he used to be mayor. The 2020 candidate filing deadline is Friday.áRepublicans Dan Forest and Holly Grange are already seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination to try to unseat Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The Senate seat will be open in 2022 because Republican Sen. Richard Burr is retiring. McCrory has run in the last three gubernatorial elections, winning in 2012 and losing in 2008 and 2016.
North Carolina deputy fired, charged with assaulting man
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina deputy accused of punching and hitting a man with a blunt object has been fired. News outlets report 38-year-old Minique Jackson was arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s domestic violence unit Wednesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Police say they responded to Jackson’s home that morning and found a visibly injured man who reported being attacked by her. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden says Jackson was fired after her arrest. She had been with the department since July 2008. Jackson’s connection to the man is unclear, as is whether she has a lawyer.
KILLING FOR HIRE-POISON
Man sentenced in radioactive poison scheme against roommate
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man convicted of trying to buy radioactive material to put into his roommate’s food will spend just over six years in prison. A Justice Department release says a federal judge in Charlotte sentenced 28-year-old Bryant Budi on Friday. A Homeland Security affidavit shows Budi and his roommate had been at odds for more than a year before he went online to hire a hit man in spring 2018. Budi offered $4,000 to an undercover investigator, and on another occasion, shopped for the substance himself. Budi alleged he targeted his roommate, a friend who had become homeless and moved in, because the man extorted and threatened him.
BUSINESS INTERSTATE 40-EXITS
Business I-40 exit numbers to change after Christmas
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Rainy weather has delayed plans to change the exit numbers on the Business Interstate 40 Improvements Project. The N.C. Department of Transportation had scheduled to begin making the changes on Tuesday and continue through Friday, but an update from the department said the weather forced the delay. When weather permits, workers will close one lane in either direction of the highway so they can safely change the exit numbers to show those for U.S. 421. The name of the corridor will also change from Business Interstate 40 to Salem Parkway.
Sports betting’s rapid expansion faces more tests in 2020
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) – Legalized sports betting’s rapid spread across the U.S. could face some bigger tests in 2020. Less than two years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the door to sportsbooks outside Nevada, sports betting has been legalized in states that are home to about one-third of the nation’s population. But moral opposition and complicated gambling landscapes might slow the spread elsewhere. Still, the topic is already on the agendas of lawmakers from Georgia to California. The most successful efforts so far have come in states that have allowed online betting, a form some states are reluctant to offer.
N Carolina governor’s vetoes may be remembered most in ’19
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented. None of his 14 vetoes against legislation by the GOP-controlled legislature were overridden.áThey included bills addressing immigration, abortion and the two-year budget. áRepublicans hold majorities in the House and Senate but lack enough seats to override Cooper’s veto on their own, like they could during Cooper’s first two years as governor. Cooper told The Associated Press on Wednesday that vetoing a budget he said would hurt North Carolina is an accomplishment. GOP senators could still try a budget veto override next month.
High school coach portrayed in ‘Remember the Titans’ dies
The Virginia high school football coach who inspired the movie “Remember the Titans,” has died. Herman Boone was 84. An assistant coach for Boone beginning in 1972 said the coach died Wednesday at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. Boone guided T.C. Williams High School to a state championship while navigating the early days of desegregation. In the movie, he was portrayed by Denzel Washington.