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SUPREME COURT-REDISTRICTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Supreme Court won’t hear North Carolina districting dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is choosing not to take on a new case on partisan redistricting for now. Instead, the justices are sending a dispute over North Carolina’s heavily Republican congressional districting map back to a lower court for more work.
The court’s order Monday follows a ruling last week in which it declared that Wisconsin voters who sued over the state’s GOP-drawn legislative districts had not proven they have the right to bring their case in court. The justices ordered the court in North Carolina to examine the same issue.
On the surface, the North Carolina case doesn’t appear to have the same problem the high court identified in the Wisconsin lawsuit. It could return to the Supreme Court quickly, perhaps in time for the term that begins in October.
Voter ID, hunting rights amendments on tap in final week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina legislature is entering what’s expected to be the final week of this year’s session ready to act on proposed constitutional amendments and any more vetoes by Gov. Roy Cooper.
The General Assembly reconvenes Monday with the House prepared to vote on bills asking residents to decide whether the state constitution should mandate photo identification to vote and protect hunting and fishing rights.
Committees also scheduled debate on proposals for the November ballot to give the legislature sole power to appoint state election board members and to pull back on the governor’s powers to fill judicial vacancies. Another amendment expands crime victims’ rights.
Cooper had dozens of bills he must sign or veto by Monday night or they’ll become law automatically. Republicans can attempt to override vetoes.
BIRTHDAY PARTY SHOOTING
1 dead, 6 hurt in North Carolina birthday party shooting
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) – One man has died and six other people were hurt in a shooting at a birthday party in North Carolina.
News outlets reported that Sanford police were called to a dance club around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Travis Jamarian Mclean of Sanford was pronounced dead at Central Carolina Hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police say two women and four men ranging in age from 24-to-41-years-old, were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
Investigators said the shooting followed a fight at the party at the Sanford Latin Dance Studio.
No arrests have been made.
Sanford is about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Raleigh.
Divers find body of man drowned in North Carolina lake
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Crews have recovered the body of a man who drowned in a North Carolina lake,
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release that 62-year-old Victor Albert Wiggins and three other people were on a boat near a sandbar in Lake Wylie around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
Police say Wiggins either fell into the lake or jumped into the water.
The Charlotte Fire Department says divers found Wiggins body around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Police do not suspect foul play in the death.
South Carolina man tries to rescue dog at NC waterfall, dies
BREVARD, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a South Carolina man died while trying to rescue his dog at a North Carolina waterfall.
News outlets report 42-year-old John Shaffer died Saturday after going over Rainbow Falls in the Pisgah National Forest, just outside Gorges State Park in the western part of the state.
Lake Toxaway Fire and Rescue Chief Carmon West says Shaffer was carried over the falls when he jumped into the water to rescue his dog. Crews searched for five hours before recovering his body Saturday afternoon.
West says it was the first death at Rainbow Falls since 2016, when a 24-year-old TV news anchor from Georgia, Taylor Terrell, fell 185 feet (55 meters) from the falls. Terrell was wading in the stream that flows over Rainbow Falls when she lost her footing.
Danger of rip currents evident already off Carolinas’ coasts
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – On a single day in June, 25 people who had ventured into the ocean waters of the coast of the Carolinas had to be rescued after being caught in a rip current.
With the goal of reducing the risks, the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is offering classes every Monday between Memorial Day and Labor Day to teach swimmers who are caught in rip currents how to survive.
Rip currents are narrow channels of water that can move as fast as 8 feet a second. They can pull swimmers out to sea.
At least two people have died in rip currents in North Carolina this month, including a Virginia man who bystanders said was trying to rescue his daughters.
BET AWARDS-HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT
Teen who stood alone against gun violence to receive award
WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A teen who was the only student to walk out of his North Carolina high school during a national protest of gun violence is one of six who will share BET’s Humanitarian Award.
The award typically goes to one person. But this year, the network is honoring six people, whom it calls “humanitarian heroes.”
Among them is 16-year-old Justin Blackman, the only student to walk out of Wilson Preparatory Academy on March 14. Students across the country walked out of classes that day, one month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
When students left classes April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Blackman shared a photo showing dozens standing with him.
Blackman will receive his award Sunday.