Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina grocery store worker who says she was fired after reporting sexual harassment at work has filed a lawsuit against the company. The Charlotte Observer reports the 54-year-old woman accuses an Ingles assistant store manager of inappropriate touching and crude comments toward her while on the job. She says the man also repeatedly expressed his desire to have sexual intercourse with her. The woman says she reported the behavior to the store manager and was fired. The woman filed the federal lawsuit Friday against the Asheville-based chain for employment discrimination. The supermarket didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina judges have told the state to pay $102,000 to the winning side in a recent legislative redistricting case and the outside expert who helped analyze redrawn district lines. A three-judge panel directed the bill on Wednesday to Republican legislative leaders who were sued by Common Cause and Democrats. The court in September threw out dozens of state House and Senate districts drawn in 2017, saying Republicans fashioned them with extreme partisan bias designed to keep the GOP in power. About two-thirds of the money will pay for the plaintiffs’ depositions and expert witnesses for a trial last July.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Venezuelan man who pleaded guilty to stealing debit and credit card information from ATMs has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ricardo Abdel of Doral, Florida, also must pay nearly $20,000 in restitution. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said in a news release on Wednesday that Abdel and his conspirators installed pinhole cameras at ATM machines in Georgia, Florida and California to record card and pin numbers, and then used them to create counterfeit cards to withdraw about $250,000 a month from ATMs. Abdel was caught after trying to make a withdrawal in Wilmington, North Carolina, with thousands of dollars in cash and equipment for making counterfeit cards.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina county has removed a portrait of a 19th-century state Supreme Court justice from a courtroom at the request of a judge who cited the justice’s “racist past.” áThe Orange County government says in a news release that Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Carl Fox requested last week that the portrait of Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin be removed. Ruffin wrote a notorious 1829 ruling about slaves that said “the power of the master must be absolute.” Ruffin’s portrait had hung in the courtroom since 1993. Meanwhile, Ruffin’s portrait in the state Supreme Court has also sparked controversy.