Latest North Carolina News:
Trial begins on challenge to latest N. Carolina voter ID law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s latest law requiring photo identification to cast ballots is now on trial. A panel of three state judges began hearing evidence on Monday in litigation filed to overturn a 2018 law that filled in details of how a voter ID constitutional amendment would be implemented. A federal appeals courts already struck down in 2016 a voter ID mandate from 2013. A lawyer representing voters who sued told the judges the law is designed to keep Black voters from the ballot box. But a lawyer for Republicans say that’s untrue, and that the law expanded the types of qualifying IDs.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA
NC has 85,000 other vaccines for those with J&J appointments
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina has 85,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines it will offer to people who had been scheduled to receive a single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Those people can either reschedule their appointment if they want a J&J vaccine or elect to receive either of the other two vaccines. State health officials got word earlier in the day from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they should stop administering J&J doses over concerns of six rare cases of serious blood clots.
Video shows police punching man on ground; officers on leave
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Two North Carolina police officers have been placed on leave after at least one of them was shown on video throwing punches at a Black man after a foot pursuit. A 17-second video clip from a bystander during the arrest Monday night in Kinston appears to show an officer standing over David Lee Bruton Jr. and throwing multiple punches while he’s down. The head of the local NAACP chapter called the video disturbing, and the man’s mother said she’s grateful her son is alive. Kinston Police Chief Tim Dilday said Tuesday that Bruton was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, among other charges.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
NC lawmakers: Making daylight saving permanent still timely
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Many North Carolina legislators say it’s still the right time to seek making daylight saving time permanent in the state. A House committee on Tuesday advanced a measure that would move clocks up an hour for good if Congress allows it. Other states are passing similar laws that also would require congressional approval. One bill sponsor says moving the time up would mean more time for outdoor evening activities. But a permanent shift also would mean more children getting ready for school and adults going to work in the dark. The bill must clear two more House committees to get a floor vote.
NC House presses again for local school calendar control
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House members are trying again to give school systems more flexibility over when they can hold classes. A House education committee on Tuesday passed several measures that would move up start dates or give districts wide-ranging control over their schedules. Current law requires districts to open the school year no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and end no later than the Friday closest to June 11. There are exceptions. A uniform calendar law passed in 2004 in response to worries that traditional summer vacations were diminishing. The Senate for years has blocked House legislation to change the rules.
AP-NC-DWI CHARGE-CHILD KILLED
North Carolina driver charged with DWI after child killed
DUNN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina child was struck by a car and killed, and police have charged the driver with driving while impaired. Dunn police tell news outlets that a 10-year-old girl was trying to retrieve a dog which had run near a road on Monday. According to police, one driver had already stopped on Jackson Road to avoid hitting the girl. Police chief Clark White says another car ran off the street and onto the curb before hitting the girl and the stopped car. In addition to the DWI charge, police charged 67-year-old Ronald Fox with felony death by vehicle. He was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.
BC-NC-PAMLICO SOUND-FERRY SERVICE
Swan Quarter, Cedar Island ferry runs to Ocracoke to resume
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) – Ferry service on Pamlico Sound is resuming as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues work on shoaling issues in Bigfoot Slough. The N.C. Department of Transportation says in a news release that service from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island to Ocracoke began Tuesday with a two-boat, alternate schedule while the corps continues its work. Shoaling occurs when sand and sediment fill into a ferry channel, making water depths too shallow and the channel too narrow for safe operation of the ferry system’s largest vessels. Dredging operations are expected to continue through the week, weather and times permitting.
POSTMASTER GENERAL-CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Wake County won’t pursue criminal complaint of Louis DeJoy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Wake County’s District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue a criminal investigation into allegations by former employees of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that he reimbursed them for political donations. DeJoy was previously the CEO of New Breed Logistics in North Carolina. Some who worked in the company claimed that DeJoy or his staff encouraged them to make political donations that he’d later reimburse them for. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says the federal government is the entity with the jurisdiction to investigate the complaint Common Cause NC filed last year with the State Board of Elections.