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Raleigh 1 of 30 sites for launch of Poor People’s Campaign
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina is one of 30 locations nationwide where the Poor People’s Campaign is launching its six weeks of nonviolent direct action.
Campaign officials say activists will protest Monday at the Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh, near the General Assembly building. Protesters support an overhaul of voting rights laws; new programs to help the millions of Americans who live in poverty; environmental protections; and other issues.
The rally in North Carolina is one of more than 30 actions that the Poor People’s Campaign has planned for Monday nationwide. This event will focus on the needs of women, young people, the disabled and children living in poverty.
The Rev. William Barber is one of two campaign leaders. Barber is a North Carolina minister and former president of the state NAACP chapter.



Democrats talking about legislative, fall campaign agenda
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic lawmakers are fanning across the state to talk about their legislative agenda before this year’s annual session and for the fall campaign season.
House and Senate members scheduled simultaneous news conferences Monday morning in six cities from Asheville to Wilmington. They plan to speak on the party’s platform and specific promises on the economy, public education, health, the environment, voting rights and government transparency.
The Democrats have been in the minority at the Legislative Building since 2011 but say they’re energized this year and have fielded candidates for all 170 General Assembly seats. They need to win four additional House or six Senate seats to end the Republicans’ veto-proof majorities and give Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper more leverage with legislation.
The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday.



North Carolina Supreme Court heads out west this week
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Supreme Court justices are taking their work on the road this week as the court inches closer to its 200th anniversary.
Chief Justice Mark Martin and the six other justices scheduled oral arguments in pending cases in Morganton on Monday, followed by Hendersonville on Tuesday and Asheville on Wednesday.
State law usually allows the Supreme Court to meet in only three cities – Raleigh, Edenton and Morganton. But the legislature passed a law allowing them to meet anywhere this year through the end of 2020.
The Supreme Court was created in its current form in 1819. The court system already has held special events in observance of the bicentennial honoring the court’s current past and previous female and African American justices.



Callers to SC city’s hotline can report offensive odors
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina city trying to get a handle on smells related to a chicken plant owned by a North Carolina-based company has set up a hotline so people can file complaints about odors.
Callers to the code enforcement hotline in West Columbia are asked to include details such as the date and time they smelled the offensive odor; where they were; a description; how long they smelled it; and what they think is the source.
It was in October that the city council first discussed fines for odors, such as those emanating from the House of Raeford chicken plant. Earlier this year, the council amended an ordinance to address odors.
House of Raeford tells WIS-TV that it’s “continually working on ways to decrease any potential problems with odors.”



UNC president supports admissions program at 3 schools
(Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/)
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina system president says she supports extending a program that allows admissions flexibility for three historically black universities.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports Margaret Spellings said Saturday she plans to recommend that the UNC Board of Governors extend the program. It’s been in effect for three years at Elizabeth City University, Fayetteville State University and N.C. Central University.
Admission standards require students to have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average in high school and an 880 score on the SAT or a 17 on the ACT. The program allows the three schools to accept students with a lower SAT or ACT score if their GPA is higher than the minimum standard.
ECSU officials have asked that the program be extended for at least a year.


Activists pay bail for black women for Mother’s Day release
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina activists who want to eliminate the cash bail system say they were able to release at least three black women from one county jail who otherwise would have spent Mother’s Day behind bars.
For the second consecutive year, about 20 Asheville activists participated in the Black Mamas Bail Out. It’s a national movement that shows support for incarcerated black mothers and protests the cash bail system.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that by the end of the day Friday, the Asheville group had bailed out three women from the Buncombe County Detention Center.
Southerners on New Ground started the bail protest last year.
Organizer Nicole Townsend says the group raised more than $140,000 for this year’s Black Mamas Bail Out. In Asheville, organizers raised about $12,000


NC court upholds mother’s conviction in daughter’s death
(Information from: The Daily News, http://www.jdnews.com)
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the misdemeanor conviction of a mother found guilty in connection with her daughter’s drowning death.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reports the court upheld the conviction of Amanda Gayle Reed, whose 19-month-old daughter drowned in a pool in May 2013.
Reed was in the bathroom at the time and had left the child in the care of a 9-year-old. She was convicted of two misdemeanors and sentenced to 75 days behind bars.
The state Appeals Court overturned her conviction in a divided vote. On Friday, the state Supreme Court reinstated the guilty verdict.
The newspaper reports Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2012 because a child in her care had wandered into a ditch and drowned.



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