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September 16, 2021
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NC House speaker: Budget, new maps are goals for October
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore says Republican legislative leaders are aiming to finalize a North Carolina state budget and complete redistricting by the end of October. He spoke to reporters on Wednesday at the Legislative Building. Moore says he was hopeful House and Senate Republican budget writers would get a compromise spending plan to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper next week. The General Assembly wouldn’t vote on that plan. But it would serve as a starting point for negotiations with Cooper. Moore said later Wednesday he was hopeful the legislature could complete this year’s session by the end of next month.



Angry over 2020 ballot deal, NC Republicans vote to limit AG
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A flap over North Carolina absentee ballots in the 2020 election has resurfaced at the General Assembly as Republicans gave final approval to legislation limiting Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein’s ability to enter legal settlements. The bill is now heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk following a party-line House vote on Wednesday. It says legal settlements must be backed by the Senate leader and House speaker when they are named parties in litigation. The bill was introduced by GOP lawmakers angry about being left out of negotiations last year between Stein’s office and a labor-affiliated group that sued state election officials.



FBI campaign to raise hate crime awareness in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte division of the FBI says it is launching a campaign across North Carolina to raise awareness about federal hate crimes and to encourage people to report them. A news release from the agency says its campaign is part of a nationwide effort coordinated through FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. The national campaign includes billboards, social media, gas station pump ads, and radio, television, and bus advertisements. Robert Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Charlotte Division, says no one should fear being targeted for violence because of their look, where they are from or any portion of their identity.



Three shootings result in one death in North Carolina city
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say one of three people shot in separate incidents in a North Carolina city has died. The Winston-Salem Journal reports police say 27-year-old Charles Edward Anderson Jr. died at a local hospital after he was shot on Tuesday, Officers responding to a report of a shooting found Anderson inside an apartment with a gunshot wound. Investigators think the shooting stemmed from a robbery. According to police, there was a second shooting on Tuesday that resulted from a robbery, while no motive was determined for a shooting in which a third person was wounded. 



Police: Woman pulled from surf at North Carolina beach
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) – Police have opened an investigation after a woman was found unconscious and pulled from the surf at a North Carolina beach. Wrightsville Beach police say in a news release that officers responded to calls around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in which callers reported seeing a woman in the surf and pulling her to shore. According to police, the woman was found unresponsive, not breathing and without a pulse. Police say the woman couldn’t be resuscitated and was pronounced dead. The woman was identified by police as 78-year-old Sally Mertens. Police are still investigating the incident.



N. Carolina man charged after 17-month-old left in hot car
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina city have filed charges against a man after his 17-month-old child was left inside a car outside his home. The Fayetteville Police Department says officers were dispatched to a home on Sept, 5 in response to a report of an unresponsive child. Emergency workers responding to the scene performed life-saving procedures, but the child was pronounced dead at the home. Police charged 36-year-old Wayne Nesbitt on Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter. He is being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 unsecured bond. 



Veteran Democratic state lawmaker Insko won’t run again
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Rep. Verla Insko says she won’t seek reelection next year. The 13-term Orange County Democrat made the announcement on Wednesday. She is the longest-serving House Democrat currently in the chamber. The 85-year-old Insko joined the state House in 1997 and became a consistent, liberal voice on expanding health care access and mental health service reforms. She also was a top budget-writer on health issues when Democrats controlled the House in the 2000s. She’ll serve out the remainder of her term through the end of 2022. Her announcement comes weeks before the GOP-controlled legislature draws General Assembly districts for the next decade.



North Carolina man accused of sex offenses against teenager
BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man has been arrested for sex offenses involving a teenager. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 26-year-old Andrew Tyler Lewis of New Bern was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation just outside of Morehead City. According to the sheriff’s office, investigators with a task force received a tip about sex offenses involving a 13-year-old girl and began an investigation which lasted for a month. Lewis is charged with statutory sex offense with a child and is jailed on a $300,000 bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney.