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2 reporters detained during protest over Black man’s death
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Police have arrested several people during protests in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, including two journalists who were covering the demonstration. The protest occurred Wednesday night, the day after a district attorney cleared sheriff’s deputies in the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. The two journalists work for the USA Today Network and they have since been released. A video one of the reporters posted on Twitter shows that they told police several times they were journalists. An officer told them that they were standing in the middle of the roadway. The News Leader reported that it’s not clear whether either of the journalists will be charged.



Trustee: Nonacademic background halted Hannah-Jones tenure
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The chairman of the University of North Carolina’s board of trustees says investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure application was halted because she didn’t come from a traditional academic background. Richard Stevens is the chairman of the board of trustees for the Chapel Hill campus. He said Thursday that his colleague who leads the subcommittee that considers tenure applications chose in January to postpone the review of Hannah-Jones’ submission. It was never brought before the full board for approval, and instead the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist accepted a five-year appointment to the faculty of the journalism school.



Authorities: 12 students in NC charged for senior prank
DENVER, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say 12 North Carolina high school students have been charged in connection with a senior prank that involved putting meat and eggs in the school’s vents. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a call Tuesday about vandalism at East Lincoln High School in Denver. School officials also reported that buses and some areas inside the school building were covered with a sticky substance and glitter. The sheriff’s office estimates the prank caused around $5,000 in damage. Security video helped identify the students. Warrants were issued for eight students who are 18 years old and juvenile petitions were filed against four younger ones.



NC legislature considers bonuses for unemployed who get jobs
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina unemployment benefit recipients could get bonuses of $1,500 if they return to work soon under legislation unveiled by Republican lawmakers. A Senate committee discussed the proposal Thursday but did not vote on it. It’s designed to get people off of relatively generous unemployment benefits supplemented by the federal government. Employers are struggling to fill job vacancies as the post-coronavirus economy is surging. Benefit recipients who start a new job by June 1 would get $1,500. It would then be lowered to $800 if they begin a job by July 1. The federal government would have to OK using the supplements this way.



NC lawmakers finalize distributing $6.4B more in virus aid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized legislation distributing another portion of federal coronavirus relief aid. This time it’s for $6.4 billion. The Senate unanimously agreed on Thursday to accept bill changes made by the House, which overwhelmingly passed the measure earlier in the day. The bill was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk for his signature. The legislature had little leeway on how the money contained in the measure could be used, since it was already decided by Congress. Most of the money will help K-12 schools and universities as well as child care and emergency rental assistance programs.



Boat builder buying NC company, seeks to create 500 new jobs
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – The world’s largest fishing and recreational boat builder has announced its acquisition of North Carolina-based Hatteras Yachts. White River Marine Group also aims to upgrade Hatteras operations in New Bern and create 500 jobs by 2025. White River is a subsidiary of the company that operates Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Company leaders joined Gov. Roy Cooper and other state officials on Thursday in New Bern for the announcement. White River was looking to move its saltwater vessel building operations closer to the coast. There’s a combined state and local incentives package of over $7.1 million.



US education secretary visits to promote preschool plan
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Joe Biden’s education secretary visited a North Carolina child care center to promote the president’s proposal to offer free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds. Secretary Miguel Cardona toured the Cary center on Thursday with Gov. Roy Cooper and state Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen. Cardona later participated in a roundtable discussion at the Bright Beginnings Child Development Center. The American Families Plan that Biden has pitched to Congress would spend $200 billion toward the universal preschool goal. Cardona was previously Connecticut’s education commissioner.



North Carolina couple accused of stealing booster club funds
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities have accused a North Carolina couple of stealing $200,000 from a high school booster club and using COVID-19-relief business loans to cover their crime. The Charlotte Observer reports Anthony and Deana Sharper both are charged with wire fraud, which carries up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine upon a conviction. According to the indictment, over a three-year period starting in 2017, the Sharpers wrote more than $100,000 in checks to themselves for fraudulent reimbursements, wired booster club money directly to their personal bank accounts and also used booster credit and debit cards to run up thousands of dollars in personal expenses.