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PUBLIC SCHOOLS-LEANDRO REPORT
Judge agrees with consultant on N Carolina public education
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge agrees with an outside consultant’s findings that the state isn’t doing enough to ensure public school students can obtain a sound basic education. Judge David Lee signed an order on Tuesday accepting conclusionsáfrom the consultant’s 300-page report. He’s now asked the litigants in the long-running “Leandro” case to present a plan within 60 days to address the issues pointed out by WestEd. The report focused on eight key areas and offered scenarios where the price tag for compliance could reach $8 billion over eight years. The state Supreme Court first ruled in the Leandro case in 1997.
Bloomberg calls for Trump’s removal in new impeachment ad
NEW YORK (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is launching a new impeachment-focused television ad calling on the Senate to remove President Donald Trump from office. The ad will run in 27 states, including several with vulnerable Republican senators and a handful that vote on March 3, known as Super Tuesday. Bloomberg is skipping the early voting states and focusing his efforts on a strong showing in the delegate-rich states that come next. He’s already spent more than $200 million of his own money on his campaign, by hiring staff and running television ads in several dozen states.
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.
Cunningham unveils first ad for his N Carolina Senate bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham is highlighting his military service in his first television ad of his campaign.áCunningham’s campaign committee said the 30-second spot would begin airing Wednesday in the Raleigh TV market.áCunningham says in the ad he’s running for the Senate to fulfill the oath that he took when he joined the Army Reserve to defend the Constitution. Cunningham, state Sen. Erica Smith and three others are running for the Democratic nomination. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis is the heavy favorite to win the GOP primary. The elections are March 3.
North Carolina man sentenced for fast-food robberies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for robbing two fast-food restaurants with a pistol. Charlotte-based federal prosecutors said in a news release that Elijah Stevarus Hallman was sentenced Tuesday after previously being convicted of robbery, conspiracy and firearms charges. The news release said Hallman stole cash early on the morning of April 11, 2018, by sticking his pistol through the drive-through of a Wendy’s in Charlotte. áAuthorities say he later did a similar robbery at a McDonald’s. Investigators say they found a cell phone in the parking lot of the McDonald’s that helped them track him down.
DELIVERYMAN SHOOTS BACK
Police: Pizza delivery man shoots, wounds would-be robbers
Police say a pizza delivery man in North Carolina shot and wounded three suspects who tried to rob him. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a news release Tuesday that the man was delivering a pizza late the previous night at an apartment complex when he was approached by four suspects who pointed what appeared to be a rifle at him. He fired at them with a handgun, resulting in non-life threatening wounds for three suspects. Police say the suspects range in age from 15 to 20 and face robbery-related charges. Police say the robbers used a toy rifle painted to look more like an assault rifle.
PEEPING TOM-TEENAGER CHARGED
Deputies: North Carolina teen secretly taped woman for year
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina have accused an 18-year-oldáof secretly recording a woman for nearly a year. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that Cody Daniel Wells was arrested last week on five counts of felony secret peeping and was released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond. The news release from the sheriff’s office says the unidentified woman found an electronic recording device hidden in her home just before Christmas. Investigators say the peeping dates back to the start of 2019.
Lilly to build North Carolina plant, create over 460 jobs
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. will create over 460 jobs once its builds a new manufacturing facility in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Gov. Roy Cooper and company CEO David Ricks spoke at a news conference Tuesday’s to unveil the $470 million investment. The plant will in part produce injectable drugs to treat diabetes.áThe Commerce Department says the state beat out Indianapolis and Philadelphia for the plant. Lilly could receive nearly $9 million from the state if it meets job-creation and investment goals. Lilly already has plants in Indiana, New Jersey and Puerto Rico.