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SOLDIER KILLED-FREEFALL TRAINING
Army says soldier killed in parachute training in Arizona
ELOY, Ariz. (AP) – The U.S. Army says a soldier was killed in a routine freefall parachute training exercise in southern Arizona. A spokesman for the Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said the accident occurred Tuesday near Eloy, Arizona. The spokesman said no additional information would be released while the Army conducts an investigation. Freefalling is when soldiers jump from an aircraft and delay opening their parachutes.
BC-NC-BEAR TRAP PETITION
Group petitions Amazon to stop selling trap that hurts bears
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – An advocacy group in North Carolina has started a petition to try to get Amazon to stop selling an animal trap that can injure bears. The Citizen Times reported Tuesday that the group Help Asheville Bears is appealing directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and has gathered 32,000 signatures. The petition asks the company to stop selling steel-jaw, leg-hold traps. Certain foothold traps are legal in North Carolina. But they’re illegal to use on black bears. The traps are legal for animals such as foxes and coyotes. The group says that the devices also catch small bears.
PEDESTRIAN AND DOG KILLED
North Carolina man, dog killed by car while crossing street
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a pedestrian and his dog were killed by a car when they crossed a busy road outside of a crosswalk. A police report from the Raleigh Police Department said the crash happened Tuesday night on Wake Forest Road in a commercial area north of Interstate 440. The report said the vehicle was traveling north when “the pedestrian darted across the road.” Police say the man was walking with his dog outside of a designated crossing area. The report states that both the man and dog died as a result of their injuries in the crash.
SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY
North Carolina county approves Second Amendment resolution
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Commissioners in a North Carolina county have unanimously passed a resolution supporting gun rights. News outlets report the vote took place in Davidson County on Tuesday night. There was a standing-room-only crowd as more than a dozen people urged the commission to approve the resolution. It says the county supports the right to keep and bear arms and will not use county resources to infringe upon those rights. Several other counties in North Carolina have approved similar measures. The resolution is largely symbolic. The supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution says federal law takes precedence over state or local laws.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
Students back in court over Confederate statue case
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A national civil rights organization has filed an appeal on behalf of University of North Carolina students who want to intervene in the settlement that gives $2.5 million and a statue to a Confederate dissidents’ group. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the appeal on behalf of five students and a faculty member who want to intervene in the deal between the UNC Board of Governors and the North Carolina Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans regarding the statue of the Confederate soldier known as “Silent Sam.” An attorney for the Confederate group says he hasn’t seen the appeal and can’t comment.
Lawsuit: Ex-Volvo worker fired because he wasn’t Swedish
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A Romanian-born former employee at Volvo has filed a lawsuit that accuses the company of turning him down for a promotion and ultimately firing him because he isn’t Swedish. The Charlotte Observer reports Luke Diventi is suing Volvo Group North America LLC for job discrimination. Diventi worked for the Swedish-based company at its U.S. headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, for seven years. He says in his lawsuit that the only suggestion for improvement was to “become more Swedish in his interactions with coworkers.” Attorneys for both sides didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment by the newspaper.
Targeting rich neighborhoods, man stole 1,300 people’s mail
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in North Carolina say a man has been sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for a methodical scheme to steal checks and credit cards from people’s mailboxes while they slept. Erik Magana was sentenced to 42 months in prison Tuesday for the scheme that defrauded banks of more than $77,000. They say he stole mail from at least 1,300 people from 2016 until late 2018. Authorities say he hoarded numerous pieces of mail that filled every room of his apartment. Officials say they found items ranging from theater tickets to passports inside the stolen mailáthat never got to the intended recipients.
Impasse continues over state budget, pay after brief session
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly have fallen short trying to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes on teacher pay and the budget during a one-day session.áThe Senate failed on Tuesday to override Cooper’s veto of a measure that would have enacted pay raises for teachers, teacher assistants and other staff at levels contained in the larger two-year budget Cooper also vetoed last June.áA budget stalemate has dragged on ever since, save for several “mini-budgets” that have been approved. Now the impasse will extend at least until late April, when the General Assembly is next scheduled to meet.