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N Carolina appeals court upholds lawfulness of 2016 session
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court has upheld the legality of a quickly called legislative session in December 2016 in which Republicans pushed through laws that weakened incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The vote announced Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appealsáwas unanimous, affirming a trial-court ruling that declined to declare the session’s procedures unconstitutional. Common Cause and several citizens complained that the rushed session violated their constitutional right to “instruct their representatives.”áBut the appeals court disagreed, saying the public had notice of the session and an opportunity to tell legislators what they thought.
Group asks West Virginia council to stop prayers at meetings
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – A Wisconsin-based advocacy group has issued a complaint about a West Virginia city council’s practice of opening meetings with predominantly Christian prayers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the Wheeling City Council to stop the practice in a Jan. 9 letter addressed to Mayor Glenn Elliott from the group’s attorney, Brenda Johnson. The Wheeling News-Register reports the organization was alerted to the practice by a citizen who reported that a resident had twice complained during meetings, and prayer was offered anyway. The letter cited a similar North Carolina case in which a court ruled the council was violating the First Amendment with the prayers. Elliott hasn’t publicly commented.
Former UNC athlete Talbott dead of cancer at 75
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – Danny Talbott, a two-sport athlete at the University of North Carolina and member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. Media outlets report that Talbott died Sunday morning at his home in Rocky Mount. Talbott played varsity baseball and football for the Tar Heels from 1963 to 1967 and was briefly a member of the freshman basketball team. As a quarterback, he won ACC Player of the Year honors. áUNC football coach Mack Brown and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper were among those posting online condolences Sunday.
Two dead in North Carolina shooting
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – áAuthorities in North Carolina say two men are dead after a shooting at a home in Durham. Media outlets report that police were called to the home shortly after 5 a.m. Monday and found a man in driveway suffering from fatal gunshot wounds. Police then learned there was another man inside the home. After a standoff, police entered the home and found the second man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
Agents in North Carolina seize $460K in counterfeit goods
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Secretary of State says federal anti-counterfeit agents seized nearly half a million dollars worth of fake designer shoes, handbags and watches at a Greensboro flea market. News outlets reported on Monday that knock-off Rolex watches, Gucci purses, Air Jordan sneakers and Ugg boots were among the merchandise recovered by agents with the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force during a raid last weekend at The Flea in Greensboro. The products were estimated to be worth a retail value of about $460,000. The Secretary of State’s office confirmed that two vendors were charged with felony criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and three others received misdemeanor citations.
BC-NC-PARATROOPER TRAINING EXERCISE
82nd Airborne Division to train with Colombian paratroopers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – This week, paratroopers with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division will fly to South America to train with their Colombian counterparts. The 75 paratroopers are taking part in a multinational training exercise in Colombia as part of their efforts to maintain readiness to respond to threats around the world. An example of the need to stay ready came on New Year’s Eve when hundreds of paratroopers went from relaxing at home to deploying to the Middle East within hours. It’s something the 82nd Airborne’s Immediate Response Force prepares for constantly with exercises like the one happening in Columbia.
Police release video of stop that prompted investigation
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina police department has released body-camera video of a traffic stop that prompted a use-of-force investigation. Raleigh police released video Friday that showed two officers grabbing, punching and kneeing a man who was shown ignoring their orders, The News & Observer reported. Footage shot by a passenger in the car was widely shared online earlier in the week. The president of the Raleigh chapter of the NAACP said the suspect’s choices contributed to the confrontation but that all parties involved should have behaved differently.
ONLINE MILITARY ARCHIVE
WWII newsletters, newspapers now available online in NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s online archival military collection now includes installation camp newsletters and newspapers that contain little-known information about life in the state during World War II. The collection is available as part of a two-year digitization project that the State Archives of North Carolina began in 2018 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of WWII. The project includes newsletter issues from installations such as Camp Lejeune, Camp Davis, Morris Field, and Elizabeth City Naval Air Station. áPeople have been able to use the newsletters for research since 1947, but they had to do that at the State Archives rather than online.