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Officials ask for patience amid tornado cleanup in city
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Officials in a North Carolina city have asked for patience as debris from a tornado is still being cleaned up.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports the April 15 tornado touched down in Greensboro and left a path of destruction across eastern parts of the city.
Acting City Manager David Parrish told news outlets Sunday it will take weeks, months and even years for some who were affected to resume their lives.
Parrish says housing needs will be the “greatest challenge,” but didn’t have answers to whether the area is eligible for federal aid.
The city is assessing their losses after more than 1,000 structures were damaged or demolished. Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras says three heavily-damaged elementary schools will remain closed through the end of the year.




Former North Carolina Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor Jr. dies at 94
WADESBORO, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina Lt. Gov. Pat Taylor has died more than 45 years since serving as the state’s second-highest executive branch official.
Taylor died Sunday at his Wadesboro home at age 94. Ken Caulder with Leavitt Funeral Home said Monday that Taylor had been in declining health and under hospice care.
Hoyt Patrick Taylor Jr. joined the state House in 1955 and became House speaker ten years later. In 1968, Taylor was elected lieutenant governor – the same position his father held 20 years earlier.
The younger Taylor lost to Skipper Bowles in the 1972 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He was an award-winning lawyer and Marine Corps veteran. His wife died in 2015.
Visitation is Tuesday at the funeral home, with services Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church in Wadesboro.




Unsealed documents: Deputy says man’s shooting was justified
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge unsealed court documents showing a North Carolina deputy’s strategy for fighting a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a man fatally shot on his porch.
Judge Terrence Boyle made the documents public in response to a request by media outlets, which argued there wasn’t a compelling reason for keeping the information secret. The lawyers representing Harnett County Sheriff’s officials argued they were following the law by filing certain investigative documents under seal.
The newly unsealed documents elaborate on the timeline and circumstances surrounding the death of John David Livingston, who was fatally shot in 2015 by a Harnett County deputy. The timeline shows how defense attorneys are piecing together information – even from Livingston’s own friends – to argue that the shooting was justified.



Threat teams, peer counseling recommended for school safety
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina legislators agree public schools will be safer if support professionals are directed to work together to identify troubled youth and young people mentor classmates.
A House subcommittee examining student health issues voted Monday for several recommendations they’d like approved by the General Assembly when it reconvenes next month. House members began meeting in response to the Florida school shootings in February.
One proposed bill requires the creation of “threat assessment teams” covering every school that would identify students who may pose a safety threat to other students or staff and get them help. The measure also would direct the creation of “peer to peer” student counseling programs.
The subcommittee also agrees more school counselors, social workers and psychologists should be hired but didn’t give exact numbers.



3 North Carolina teenagers arrested in fatal shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police say three North Carolina teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting, and one of them was taken into custody at a high school.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release that a 15-year-old was arrested by the school resource officer at Garinger High School on Monday and was found to have a handgun and a stolen car.
Another 15-year-old and a 17-year-old were arrested in connection with the shooting death of 26-year-old Eskinder Dawit Asefaw last Friday. The shooting occurred three miles from the high school.
Asefaw died on Saturday.
All three teenagers are charged with murder and also face a variety of charges.



North Carolina day care director accused of assaulting child
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police have accused the director of a North Carolina day care of assaulting a child with a paint stir stick.
Greenville police told local news outlets that 47-year-old Shannon Jacobs is charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12.
An arrest warrant said Jacobs hit a 2-year-old twice with the stick on April 12. Police say Jacobs told the parents of the discipline, which left the boy with visible injuries on his left arm and left leg.
A statement from Trinity Christian School said the pastor and deacon board at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church decided to discontinue corporal discipline and rely on other disciplinary measures.
Jacobs turned herself in at the magistrate’s office last Friday and is free on bond. It’s not known if she has an attorney.



Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt
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. Leading the troubling list is Pasquotank Correctional Institution, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the Oct. 12 breakout attempt.
The state Department of Public Safety was still unable Monday to provide information requested six weeks ago on the details of each assault, or how many inmates have been attacked.
The official data also did not include at least one assault at a Morganton prison that hospitalized a worker with stab or slash wounds.



Deposed North Carolina GOP leader testifies for lawsuit
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 GOP-controlled General Assembly.
GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said he completed the testimony Monday morning at a downtown Raleigh law firm. Woodhouse had objected to his deposition by Democratic Party lawyers, accusing them of trying to pry political strategy out of him. A GOP lawyer filed a motion last week to block the subpoena, but the judge in the case hadn’t addressed the request before the deposition time.
Woodhouse said by text he submitted himself to testimony and provided documents “under extreme objection.”
A federal trial on the judicial primary elimination law is scheduled June 7.