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TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST
The Latest: North Carolina teacher march kicks off
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A wave of red is moving through North Carolina’s capital city as teachers march to lobby conservative lawmakers for more resources.
The march kicked off Wednesday morning in Raleigh with scores of teachers setting out on foot, many carrying signs and most wearing red t-shirts.
Their chants included “We care! We vote!” and “This is What Democracy Looks Like!”
As many as 15,000 educators from around the state were expected to participate.
Bill Notarnicola teaches television and video production at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh. He set up a camera along the route near the Old Capitol to make a time lapse photo of the march. After the group passes, he plans to join the crowd for the end of the march and a rally planned for the afternoon.
He said: “As we’re growing, the funds are not keeping up with the growth.”
RUN-OVER DEATH SENTENCE
North Carolina woman sentenced for running over, killing man
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for running over and killing a man.
Media outlets reported that a Guilford County jury found 38-year-old Shenika Shamberger of Greensboro guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Marcus James McQueen.
Shamberger was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison, with a maximum of nearly 29 years. Prosecutors say she got into an argument with her neighbor and got into a pickup truck and ran over him in 2016.
Shamberger had been on trial on a first-degree murder charge, but the jury returned the lesser conviction.
Florida man dies in kayak accident in western North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Florida man has died in a kayak accident on a river in western North Carolina.
Buncombe County sheriff’s deputies pulled the body of a pinned kayaker from the park outside Asheville on Tuesday. The victim has been identified as 56-year-old Delmer Melvin Garratt, of Lakeland, Florida.
Someone noticed an overturned kayak in the water late Tuesday morning.
Members of a swift water rescue team were able to get to the kayak and remove the body about 90 minutes later.
Sheriff spokeswoman Natalie Bailey said deputies will continue to investigate the death, but it appears to have been an accident.
Four people have died in paddling accidents in western North Carolina so far this year. These are the first paddling deaths since 2014.
PANTHERS TRAINING CAMP
Sale of Carolina Panthers could change training site
(Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – The impending sale of the Carolina Panthers could change the team’s long-term policy of holding summer training in South Carolina.
Hedge fund manager David Tepper appears set to buy the team from Jerry Richardson, a Wofford College graduate who made sure his team started its summer training at the Spartanburg school.
Wofford College spokeswoman Laura Corbin told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that the school will remain the home of camp through at least next summer. The college’s contract with the team runs through 2019.
Corbin says it’s too soon to say what might happen after next year.
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Allen Smith says the Wofford training site has worked for the team and the community. Smith says the location helps cement the two-state image for the Panthers.
As thousands of teachers march, N Carolina legislature opens
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The opening day of North Carolina’s General Assembly session will be marked by thousands of teachers descending on the Legislative Building to lobby for more school funding and higher salaries.
The gavels go down on the House and Senate floor meetings at midday Wednesday. The legislature’s chief chore for the next several weeks is to adjust the state government budget.
Lawmakers will be met by public school teachers marching from the headquarters of the North Carolina Association of Educators, which organized the “March for Students and Rally for Respect.” Their late-afternoon rally is scheduled in front of the Legislative Building.
The rally recently follows teacher protests and even strikes and walkouts in several other states.
Legislative Building visitors are sure to face entrance delays with new metal detectors and scanners.
COOKIE DOUGH SPILL
N Carolina cookie dough spill spreads sweet stuff on street
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A truck carrying cookie dough created a sticky situation when it had lost some of its load on a North Carolina highway.
Pender County officials tell news outlets the truck’s cargo was sent onto U.S. Route 17 northeast of Wilmington near the New Hanover-Pender county line. The spill happened shortly before noon Tuesday and delayed traffic into the evening rush hour.
Firefighters posted a photo on Facebook of the more than a dozen yellow containers on their sides.
An official told The StarNews of Wilmington the load could’ve been waste that was thrown away. The News & Observer reports temperatures were around 80 F (27 C) so it’s unlikely the dough would’ve baked on the road anyway.
It is unclear where the truck came from or where it was going.
OFFICERS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
3 North Carolina officers charged with beating suspect
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say three North Carolina law enforcement officers have been indicted on criminal charges in the beating of a pedestrian.
A Wake County grand jury issued the indictments Tuesday against two state troopers and a deputy sheriff.
The Highway Patrol says troopers Michael G. Blake and Tabithia L. Davis have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and willfully failing to discharge duties.
The Wake County Sheriff’s office confirmed that Master Deputy Cameron Broadwell also was indicted, but referred questions about the charges to the district attorney.
The deputy and troopers were involved in the arrest of Kyron Hinton in Raleigh in early April. Hinton said at a news conference Tuesday that he needs to have surgery on his eye because of the beating.
Constitution Party gets enough signatures to get on ballots
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina voters could have even more choices on their ballots starting this fall with another political party.
Data posted at the state elections board website show the Constitution Party of North Carolina has collected enough signatures from registered voters to qualify as an official party. That would allow the party to field candidates in November and through 2020 elections.
The legislature made it easier last year for parties to get on ballots by lowering the number of required signatures. The state board’s website says the Constitution Party has collected more than the nearly 12,000 verified signatures needed. Now the party must bring those signatures to the state board by June 1.
The North Carolina Green Party already became an official party in March through a new qualification method.