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Announcement expected in probe of Black man shot by deputies
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – The district attorney who will decide whether to file criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a Black man by North Carolina deputies is set to discuss the findings of the state’s investigation. District Attorney Andrew Womble scheduled a Tuesday morning news conference to talk about the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into Andrew Brown Jr.’s death. Womble didn’t respond to an email Monday asking if he would announce a decision about filing criminal charges against the deputies. Womble has resisted calls from the state’s Democratic governor and Brown’s family to let an independent prosecutor take over. Under state law, Womble would have to agree to step aside.



Cooper: Office-return advice coming as NC virus mandates end
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says his administration is acting prudently before recommending when and how state employees should return to their offices. Cooper made the comment Monday at a bill-signing ceremony in which he defended his decision late last week to end most COVID-19 face covering mandates. The governor says the state Department of Health and Human Services was speaking Monday with federal health officials before dispensing directives to Cabinet-level agencies and giving advice to private employers about at-home workers returning to communal office settings. 



NC governor signs licensure bill for autism treatment
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Supporters of those with autism says legislation signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper should expand access to treatment services and rein in costs. The bipartisan measure that Cooper signed outside the Executive Mansion on Monday says behavior analysts can now operate independently, rather than under the previously required supervision of psychologists. Backers of the legislation say North Carolina was the only state still mandating such control. Now these analysts will be licensed on their own. Durham County Rep. Zack Hawkins has two sons with autism. He says under the old rules parents could lose out on treatment because of where they live.



Trump to speak at North Carolina GOP convention on June 5
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former President Donald Trump will speak at North Carolina’s annual state Republican Party convention next month. Party officials announced Monday that Trump will speak at the June 5 convention dinner in Greenville. Trump has expressed interest in running for president again in 2024 but has not yet announced a decision. North Carolina GOP party leaders are hoping he’ll keep playing a role in state politics and help the party in the upcoming 2022 midterms. A party spokeswoman said Trump’s speech will be off-limits to the media and that journalists won’t be able to view it in any way. 



Bill giving temporary break to young NC drivers finalized
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Young drivers whose attempts to get their North Carolina provisional license were stymied since last year by the COVID-19 pandemic delays would get a break under legislation headed to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. The Senate agreed unanimously Monday to House changes to a bill that would cut the amount of time drivers must hold a learner’s permit before seeking a license that lets them drive unsupervised. That time would be cut from 12 months to six. This shorter window would only last through the end of the year. Other provisional license requirements remain in place, such as logging 60 hours behind the wheel.



Endangered red wolves born at North Carolina Zoo, doing well
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Zoo has announced the birth of three litters of American red wolves, which are critically endangered and number less than two dozen in the wild. The zoo said Monday that 12 pups were born during over three days at the end of April. áAccording to zoo officials, all the pups and their mothers are healthy and doing well. The newest pups bring the total number of red wolves currently in the North Carolina Zoo’s breeding program to 36. Officials say that makes the pack at the North Carolina Zoo the second-largest in the U.S. after another zoo in Washington state.



Two Maryland sheriff’s deputies shot trying to serve warrant
A spokeswoman for a Maryland sheriff’s office says two of its deputies have been shot and wounded while trying to serve a warrant. Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson says deputies responded to a call from a home in Waldorf about a man who the caller wanted out of the house. Richardson said a number of deputies responded and had gone inside the house when two deputies were shot multiple times, Richardson said their injuries were serious but not believed to be life-threatening. According to Richardson, officers were trying to get inside the house Monday night.



Second woman in four days fatally shot in Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A woman was shot and killed in Winston-Salem, the second such incident in four days. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Winston-Salem Police say 25-year-old Latasha Monique Finney was shot and killed on Sunday. A news release from police says Finney was found on the ground outside of an apartment building and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say a man was also wounded, taken to the hospital for treatment and released. According to police, the shooter was identified as a juvenile and that he was taken into custody without incident and placed in a juvenile facility. Police said Finney and the juvenile knew each other.