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The Latest: Nearly 50 protesters cited for standing in road
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A rally across from the North Carolina Legislative Building has ended with nearly 50 demonstrators being cited by police for protesting in the middle of the street.
The national Poor People’s Campaign held a gathering Monday afternoon in Raleigh – one of 30 locations nationwide where the organization began six weeks of nonviolent direct action.
Activists filed out into the middle of Jones Street where the General Assembly meets, holding hands and refusing to leave until each was led away by officers for a citation. Police Capt. M.K. Kohr says 49 people were cited for impeding traffic by standing in the street. Police shut down one block.
More than 200 people attended the rally, which focused on the needs of women, people with disabilities, children living in poverty and LGBT community members.


Attorneys to discuss $10M settlement in power outage case
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
SALVO, N.C. (AP) – Attorneys involved in a lawsuit over the power outage last summer on two Outer Banks islands will speak with the public about a multi-million settlement in the case.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports an attorney will speak Tuesday at the Chicamacomico Fire Station in Salvo on Hatteras Island. On Wednesday, two attorneys will be at the Ocracoke Community Center on Ocracoke Island.
On July 27, a crew with the PCL Civil Constructors of Raleigh accidentally cut the only electric power cable leading to Hatteras Island while working on the new $250 million Bonner Bridge.
Mandatory evacuations of visitors cost shop owners thousands in revenue. Visitors lost money because they had to leave rented beach homes early.
A federal class-action claim was settled for more than $10 million.



The Latest: Democrats unveil “Our Carolina Promise” agenda
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democrats say they’re committed to expanding Medicaid to more of the working poor, raising teacher pay to the national average and transferring redistricting powers to a special commission if they take control of the General Assembly in the November elections.
House and Senate Democrats held simultaneous news conferences Monday to unveil their platform for the legislative elections. House Minority Leader Darren Jackson of Wake County says voters want to know what Democrats support, not just what they oppose. He says that’s why they created the “Our Carolina Promise” agenda.
Republicans have controlled both chambers of the General Assembly since 2011. Democrats are energized due to opposition to President Donald Trump and that Democrat Roy Cooper was elected governor in 2016. Cooper has been helping raise funds to benefit legislative campaign efforts.


2 inmates treated after fight at North Carolina prison
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials in North Carolina say a fight broke out at a prison, and two inmates were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety said the fight occurred Sunday at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville. A department news release said the inmates assaulted each other with homemade weapons and crutches.
According to the department, correctional officers broke up the incident, which took place in the recreation area near the basketball court.
No staff were injured during the incident, which is under investigation.



Audit recommends on-site monitoring of NC community college
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – An audit recommends that North Carolina’s top community college officials consider on-site monitoring of a school whose leaders are described as being “uncooperative, belligerent and argumentative” during an investigation.
The investigation by the state auditor’s office used those words to describe the attitude of some board members at Roanoke-Chowan Community College during a second exit conference in November.
The audit released Monday says the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Community College System office should consider on-site monitoring to determine if the board’s involvement in daily operations is excessive. The school has had four presidents in five years.
The school responded that the audit was unable to link the turnover to board involvement and couldn’t prove or disprove the board’s involvement in daily operations.



After teachers leave, N Carolina session likely to be quick
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The annual session of the North Carolina General Assembly begins as thousands of teachers descend on the Legislative Building for a school funding rally.
That should slow down formal lawmaking activity on the first day Wednesday, but all signs point to the session ending before July 4, with approving adjustments to the second year of the two-year budget the primary task of the Republican majority.
There could be another showdown between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and GOP leaders on the budget. Cooper vetoed the budget last year because he said it needlessly cut taxes for the rich and corporations when schools need more money. He still wants to block the cuts, but Republicans won’t support that.
School and prison safety, judicial redistricting and constitutional amendments also should be big topics.



North Carolina town commissioner jailed on multiple charge
CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina town commissioner has turned himself in to authorities on multiple charges.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office told area news outlets John “Curt” Jenkins is jailed on a $500,000 bond for assault by strangulation and second-degree kidnapping. Jenkins was also served an arrest order from Pitt County for violating conditions of release in a previous assault case.
The Chocowinity town commissioner turned himself into the Beaufort County Magistrate’s Office around 9:30 a.m. Monday. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
Last November, Jenkins was charged with felony second-degree kidnapping following a domestic call in Pitt County. The sheriff’s office also charged Jenkins with assault inflicting serious bodily injury after an argument between the victim and a relative. John Aaron Matthew Jenkins was also charged in the case.



4 teens charged in weekend shooting death in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Four teens have been arrested in a weekend shooting death in North Carolina’s largest city.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release that 19-year-old Primitivo Jonathan Carreto and 18-year-old Chadwick Jerome Pearson have been charged with murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy in the shooting. Pearson is also charged with assault with intent to kill, firing into an occupied vehicle and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
Two 15-year-olds are charged with murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy. Their names were not released because of their name.
Nineteen-year-old Gavino Miguel Romero was shot and killed in a car Saturday afternoon.
There was no record of an attorney yet for Carreto and Pearson.