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Police fatally shoot man at North Carolina shopping center
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say officers shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at them at a popular shopping center.
News outlets cite a Thursday statement from Durham police that says officers responded Wednesday night to New Hope Commons, acting on a tip about a man driving a red pickup truck who was reported to be suicidal and armed.
Police spokesman Wil Glenn says they found him in a parking lot after a 90-minute search, and tried to speak with him, but he pointed his handgun. It’s unclear how many officers fired their weapons in response.
Police Chief C.J. Davis offered “concern and condolences” over the loss of life.
The man hasn’t been identified. The shooting is under investigation.



Bubble Wrap maker under investigation by the SEC
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Bubble Wrap trademark holder and maker is under investigation by the Securities Exchange Commission.
The Charlotte Observer reports Sealed Air said in its second-quarter earnings report Monday that it received a subpoena on June 25 for accounting and financial reporting documents.
Sealed Air says it’s cooperating with the SEC. A company spokeswoman declined to say what the SEC is looking into specifically.
The quarterly report also says Sealed Air is involved in “various other legal actions” that company officials don’t believe will seriously affect its financial health.
The company experienced significant shake-ups last year, including the sale of certain businesses for about $3.2 billion, the replacement of its chief financial officer, and the departure of longtime CEO Jerome Peribere.
Sealed Air moved to Charlotte in 2014. It employs roughly 1,000 people there.


N Carolina DMV offices inundated with Real ID on horizon
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Summer is traditionally busy for the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, but offices have been inundated this year with new federal identification requirements on the horizon.
DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup tells The News & Observer many standing in lines stretching outside offices are there to obtain a Real ID, a driver’s license that meets new federal identification requirements.
Starting in October 2020, people will need such an ID or two forms of identification to board commercial airliners in the United States.
The DMV estimates up to 4 million North Carolina residents will need a Real ID, and has been urging people to not wait until 2020 to get one. Around 600,000 have gotten one so far.
Jessup says the DMV has 80 vacant positions and no money to open news offices this year, contributing to the long wait times.


Ex-members slam UNC board for ‘clearly bad governance’
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A group of former University of North Carolina Board of Governors has criticized the current board for what they deem “clearly bad governance.”
The News & Observer reports 10 former members signed an opinion published Wednesday on bipartisan advocacy group Higher Education Works Foundation’s website. The statement said the current board has become “increasingly politicized” and “conflicted.”
The opinion is a response to contentious meetings about the Western Carolina University chancellor search. A July vote to consider a nominee put forth by UNC President Margaret Spellings never happened.
Higher Education Works co-chair and former board member Paul Fulton says the opinion is a show of support for Spellings.
Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith expressed support for Spellings at the last board meeting, and called the former members’ criticism “unfair.”


North Carolina officials warn of algal bloom in Chowan River
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials in North Carolina are warning residents to avoid contact with green or blue water in the Chowan River because of an algal bloom.
The N.C. Division of Water Resources said in a news release that the affected areas include Bertie and Chowan counties. Reports indicate the bloom has appeared along the eastern and western shorelines of the river from Harrellsville downstream to the Edenton Bay area, as well as the Colerain and Rockyhock areas.
So far, there have been no reports of health problems associated with the bloom.
Algal blooms of this type usually appear bright green, but when a bloom starts to decay, the color can change to a milky blue. The decaying algae produces a strong, foul odor that can impact a large area.



US judge voids part of North Carolina election law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge is invalidating part of North Carolina elections law that allows one voter to challenge another’s residency, a provision that activist groups used to scrub thousands of names from rolls ahead of the 2016 elections.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs signed an order Wednesday saying the residency challenges are pre-empted by the 1993 federal “motor voter” law aimed at expanding voting opportunities.
Biggs said challenges to county elections boards must follow the federal law’s requirements for advance notice of voter disqualification and individual investigations before most people can be dropped close to a federal election.
Biggs ordered days before the 2016 elections that Cumberland, Moore and Beaufort counties restore thousands of canceled voter registrations. The NAACP had sued, alleging the purge of voter rolls disproportionately targeted blacks.



‘I jumped in’: Child honored for saving toddler from pool
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
CARRBORO, N.C. (AP) – A 10-year-old boy has been honored by North Carolina authorities for saving a 15-month-old girl from an apartment pool.
The News & Observer reports Joseph Ray “saw the baby sinking to the bottom of the pool” after she tipped out of a float. He says he jumped in and carried her out. The Carrboro Police Department awarded Ray with its Lifesaver Award on Wednesday. The girl was taken to a hospital for observation.
Carrboro Police Officer Steven Dixon responded to the 911 call about the incident. Dixon says that despite all the adults around, Ray was the only one who recognized the baby was in danger. Ray’s mom, Tina Ongoro, says Ray didn’t know the baby was a neighbor at the time, but now the two families keep in touch.


Plaintiffs in North Carolina map case say they can still sue
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Democrats and advocacy groups say they have the individuals and data necessary to satisfy a U.S. Supreme Court directive and show nearly all of North Carolina’s congressional districts are illegal partisan gerrymanders.
A panel of judges asked lawyers in two redistricting lawsuits to write briefs by this week on whether the plaintiffs had legal standing to sue on claims that skewed district boundaries favoring Republicans diminished voting power.
The League of Women Voters of North Carolina, Common Cause and other plaintiffs told the judges they have citizens who can make claims in 12 of 13 House districts.
Lawyers for Republican lawmakers who drew the 2016 map wrote Tuesday the plaintiffs repackaged a statewide challenge like one the Supreme Court rejected in a Wisconsin case, so the lawsuits should be dismissed.



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