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CAR HITS BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Sheriff: Woman purposely drove into teens playing basketball
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A white North Carolina woman was charged with driving her car into a yard where three Black teenagers were playing basketball, injuring one of them. A Pitt County Sheriff’s Office news release said deputies responded Sunday afternoon to a report of a child intentionally hit by a car. The news release said that Daina Renee Forrest, 35, of Greenville, had been driving around and threatening the three teens by waving a knife and cursing. The release said Forrest “intentionally veered her car off the roadway and partially into the yard to strike the children.” A sheriff’s spokesman said authorities don’t think the case is a hate crime.
TRANSGENDER BILL-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina won’t pass bill to ban youth trans procedures
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A top North Carolina GOP lawmaker will not advance a proposal seeking to limit medical treatments for transgender people under 21. The measure put forward by three Republicans earlier this month would have prohibited doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to minors and young adults. State employees would have been required to tell parents if their child expressed desire to be treated in a way that is incompatible with the gender they were assigned at birth. LGBTQ advocates are glad the bill will not go forward but worry about the harm it has already done.
Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A House judiciary committee has approved a bill that would end the long practice of North Carolina sheriffs issuing permits to county residents before they can purchase handguns. The committee voted on the measure Tuesday. A sheriff decides whether an applicant is of good moral character, plans to use the weapon for a lawful purpose and conducts a criminal background check. Repeal supporters say the practice is outdated and carried out unevenly, depending on the county and the sheriff. Federal gun dealers already are required to perform national instant background checks on handgun purchasers. Sheriffs would still issue concealed-weapons permits if the bill became law.
North Carolina House finance chair stripped of position
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The current longest-serving member of the North Carolina House was stripped Tuesday of her chairmanship on the House Finance Committee. Speaker Tim Moore removed 17-term Rep. Julia Howard on Tuesday from the tax-policy committee and placed her on Appropriations Committee. The two have been in an unusually public feud in recent days over tax legislation. Howard said last week she felt pressured to run a bill through her committee that she opposed. It involves federal COVID-19 relief loans that many legislators with businesses have also received.
POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS
Ex-North Carolina police chief accused of stealing evidence
CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina police chief who resigned nearly two weeks ago amid an investigation into missing evidence is accused by authorities of taking a variety of narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash and firearms. News outlets report former Chadbourn police chief William Anthony Spivey was taken into custody Monday and charged with 73 offenses, including 31 counts each of stealing or destroying evidence and embezzlement by a public official. Arrest warrants indicate the offenses occurred between August 2018 and March 2021. Spivey, who’s also accused of drug trafficking offenses, is jailed on a $665,000 bond and its not known if he has an attorney.
BC-NC-FATAL WRONG-WAY CRASH
Two killed in head-on, wrong-way crash in North Carolina
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. State Highway Patrol says two people were killed after a car traveling in the wrong direction hit their car head-on. The Dispatch of Lexington reports the patrol says a vehicle was driving north on old U.S. Highway 52 on Monday when it crossed the center line and headed north in the southbound lane. A vehicle driving south tried to avoid the car but collided head-on with the wrong-way vehicle. According to the patrol, 76-year-old Jerry Lynn Thomas of Winston-Salem and 75-year-old Brenda Wallace Thomas, both of Winston-Salem, died in the collision. The patrol says the wrong-way driver was taken to the hospital, and adds that charges are pending.
KAMALA HARRIS-NC VISIT
Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina
JAMESTOWN, N.C. (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris visited central North Carolina to pitch the Biden administration’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan. Monday’s trip marked Harris’ first visit to the state since getting sworn in to office. She spoke at Guilford Technical Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Campus and later toured a Thomas Built Buses plant in High Point. Harris said the proposal is a “once-in-a-lifetime, once-in-a-generation” investment in America’s future. She highlighted many items in the plan beyond the proposed transportation infrastructure. She emphasized spending for workforce training, getting rid of lead drinking pipes and building up child care capacity.
ELECTION 2022-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
N. Carolina lieutenant governor won’t run for Senate in 2022
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says he won’t seek the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 2022. Robinson made his announcement late Monday, days after he said in a video he was taking a “serious look” at a bid to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr. He was just elected in November to a lieutenant governor’s term that runs through 2024. He said in a news release that he “will strive to honor” his responsibilities and keep his promises. His decision means that former Gov. Pat McCrory and ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Walker remain the top announced candidates in the GOP field.