Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A new memorial to lynching victims portrays the horror of thousands of African-Americans who were lynched in the South and other states. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice includes 800 rectangular slab inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 killed in lynchings that terrorized generations of blacks. The memorial is opening this week in Montgomery, Alabama.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A top North Carolina Republican Party official says he’s testified in pending litigation by state Democrats challenging the elimination of judicial primary elections for this year by the General Assembly. GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said he completed the testimony Monday. Woodhouse had objected to his deposition by Democratic Party lawyers, but a motion to block the subpoena wasn’t immediately acted upon by the judge hearing the case.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An annual public school teacher pay and spending review shows North Carolina improving while still behind national averages for both. The National Education Association released figures Monday with North Carolina ranked 39th among the states and District of Columbia in average teacher pay during the 2016-17 school year, compared to 41st the year before. Per-pupil spending rank also improved year over year.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead. Prison officials say that in the six months since four workers at an Elizabeth City prison were killed, about three dozen workers have been assaulted so badly they lost work time.