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Courts make photo ID less likely in N Carolina 2020 voting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court has joined a federal judge in ruling against the state’s newest voter photo identification law. Tuesday’s unanimous decision means it’s increasingly unlikely that North Carolina voters will have to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot in this year’s elections. The decision reverses last July’s lower court ruling, which said a challenge of the law wasn’t likely to win at trial. Now state and federal courts have ruled it appears Republicans still showed ‘discriminatory intent’ when they passed a December 2018 law to implement the ID requirement that voters approved in a constitutional referendum that year.



Hat’s off: Court reverses trooper firing over lost headgear
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An appeals court says a North Carolina state trooper shouldn’t have been fired for losing his hat and lying about it in a case that’s spanned a decade and multiple trips through the courts. The case began in 2009 when former Trooper Thomas Wetherington lost his hat during a traffic stop. The matter has gone to the state Supreme Court once before and generated over 1,000 pages of legal briefs, rulings and evidence. The appeals court determined Tuesday that the patrol failed to consider factors outlined by the high court when it upheld his firing.



Cooper among speakers at service for late Lt. Gov. Jordan
MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. (AP) – Family, friends and political cohorts of the late North Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan are expected at a service remembering his life. Gov. Roy Cooper is among the scheduled speakers at Wednesday’s service at a high school in Montgomery County, where the Democrat lived and ran the family lumber company. Jordan was a state senator and later lieutenant governor from 1985 through 1988. He lost the 1988 gubernatorial election to Republican Gov. Jim Martin. Jordan died Sunday at age 87. He was known for his commitment to public education, affordable housing, the rural economy and conservation.



Actor Ruffalo visits North Carolina on anti-pollution effort
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo is visiting North Carolina to push for policies to eliminate the pollution of chemicals from industrial products. Ruffalo is scheduled to speak Wednesday at a Legislative Building news conference in Raleigh to highlight the challenges of communities affected by what are known as “forever chemicals.”They include GenX, which has been used at the Chemours plant near Fayetteville.áState legislators, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper and a Fayetteville resident are also expected to speak. Ruffalo is known for his roles in the “Avengers” movies. He also recently played an environmental defense attorney in “Dark Waters.”



Truck carrying 41 cattle overturns, killing some of the cows
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A truck that was carrying 41 cattle has crashed on a North Carolina highway, and at least some of the animals on board have died. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the crash occurred about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40. State police said that the driver of the truck veered off the highway, and his rig overturned. The unidentified driver suffered minor injuries. Officials from the Winston-Salem Fire Department said that some of the cattle were killed. Crews worked to remove the cows from the trailer. The crash remains under investigation.



Woman found in burning house had been shot in the head
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say that a woman who was found dead in a burning house had been shot in the head. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that Elizabeth City police are investigating the death of Javona Jones as a homicide. The state medical examiner’s office ruled that the 33-year-old’s death was caused by the gunshot wound. Jones was found by firefighters who responded to the burning home on Feb. 10. áNo arrests have been made in connection to her death.



Man who killed, dismembered roommates gets 2 life terms
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man who stabbed his two roommates and chopped up their bodies has been sentenced to two consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Tyrone Donte Gladden, 47, on Monday after he pleaded guilty. Gladden had killed the Winston-Salem couple Devette Carnetta Campbell and Gary Michael Craig Jr. Gladden was Craig’s roommate when the 2017 killings occurred. The court hearing was not without drama. Campbell’s brother, Kevin Jawan Campbell, had run toward Gladden in the courtroom before sheriff’s deputies intervened and tased Campbell.



N Carolina trial starting against insurance magnate, others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s largest political donor in recent years and two associates are heading to trial on corruption-related charges. Insurance industry magnate Greg Lindberg, John Gray and John Palermo are expected in Charlotte federal court on Tuesday. Federal prosecutors contend the three participated in a scheme to bribe elected North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of Lindberg’s businesses would ease. Prosecutors say Causey voluntarily told law enforcement what was happening and agreed to cooperate. A fourth person in last March’s indictment already accepted a plea agreement.



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