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More arrests, 2 injuries after pared-down RNC in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – At least seven people were arrested and two people were hospitalized during protests after North Carolina’s scaled-back share of the Republican National Convention. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers used pepper spray on demonstrators and made arrests after a crowd surrounded a burning object in the street after 10 p.m. Monday hours after about 300 delegates renominated President Donald Trump. A video posted to Twitter showed officers running their bikes over people and using pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Four more arrests were made after officers said someone cut down a flag outside police headquarters. Police said they again used pepper spray and two people were hospitalized.
AP Analysis: Trump’s convention aims to airbrush his tenure
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s convention is aiming to recast some of the more controversial aspects of his presidency, including his immigration policy and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. That effort comes as Trump’s campaign tries to shore up support among more moderate Republicans who have been frustrated with his job performance. The Trump campaign is particularly concerned about suburban women, a subset of voters that has largely abandoned the president, putting him in perilous position in many swing states. There’s just two months until Trump’s November face-off against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
LAWMAKER CHARGED-NORTH CAROLINA
Former NC lawmaker going to federal court for plea agreement
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina state lawmaker who acknowledged a scheme to use campaign money to benefit his ailing farm is expected in federal court to discuss a plea agreement. The agreement between U.S. attorneys and ex-Rep. David Lewis will be reviewed Wednesday by a magistrate judge in Charlotte. Lewis was the House Rules Committee chairman and played major roles in redistricting plans later declared unlawful gerrymanders. Authorities formally accused him of making a false statement to a bank and failing to timely file a federal tax return. The plea agreement says prosecutors won’t seek active prison time for Lewis.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina renters, colleges grapple with virus turmoil
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina residents will soon receive $175 million to help pay their rent and utility bills. The announcement Tuesday from Gov. Roy Cooper comes as many families grapple with the economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus. It also comes at a time when thousands of college students are leaving their dorms and returning home. Community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities have asked state lawmakers for more than $225 million to address budget shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing has slowed in the state and cases are slightly up, which could force the state to remain in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.
Western Carolina football players propose boycott over video
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A football player at Western Carolina University has called on his teammates to boycott team activities after several racist videos involving students at the school circulated on social media. The Winston-Salem Journal reports safety Jaylon McMillon says he and other members of the Catamounts football team agreed on Sunday not to take part in workouts and other activities to prepare for the upcoming scaled-down season. The school issued a statement condemning the videos, in which students are heard using a racial slur. The school announced Tuesday evening that the five students shown in the two video have been dismissed from the school.
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NC political donor who’s going to prison defiant in letter
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An insurance company founder and big political donor convicted of attempting to bribe North Carolina’s top elected insurance regulator has written an open letter defending himself. Greg Lindberg said he remains confident he’ll get a new trial or overturned conviction and that he “never asked for any favors.” Lindberg received more than seven years in prison last week. He was convicted by a jury in March. A 2019 federal indictment accused Lindberg and others of trying to donate more than $1.5 million to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey’s 2020 campaign, in exchange for favors. Causey wasn’t accused of wrongdoing.
Man accused of firing shots at South Carolina Trump backers
FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man has been arrested and accused of firing gunshots near a gathering of President Donald Trump’s supporters along a South Carolina road. Major Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department said no one was injured in the incident Monday evening. Sgt. Bill Rhyne of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said about 30 people had gathered and were waving American flags and holding up “Trump” signs. Witnesses told police three men drove by several times while making “derogatory remarks” before the shots were fired. áAuthorities said a 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the case.
‘Fighting for you’: First lady makes her case for Trump vote
WASHINGTON (AP) – First lady Melania Trump has cast her husband as the best hope for America’s future in a Rose Garden address. President Donald Trump turned to family, farmers and the trappings of the presidency Tuesday on the second night of the scaled-down Republican National Convention. Trump himself pardoned a reformed felon, used the White House grounds to elevate his wife’s keynote address and oversaw a naturalization ceremony for immigrants in the midst of the prime-time program. The welcoming tone was at odds with some of his policies, which are aimed at reducing both legal and illegal immigration. Early ratings indicate the first night’s viewership was down from the Democrats’ opening night.