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Racial inequity committee at heart of NC sorority suspension
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A national sorority has suspended activities at a North Carolina university after most of its members left the group when it failed to hold discussions on racial inequities after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. The Asheville Citizen Times reports that in mid-August, 25 of 28 members of the Zeta Tau chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at UNCA dropped out of the sorority when it didn’t take action after Floyd’s death. Former Alpha Xi member Kayla Bledsoe says leadership, including Alpha Xi’s then-president, were opposed to forming a committee on the issue when the idea was presented.



Negotiated energy bill advancing through NC Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bipartisan energy bill backed by Gov. Roy Cooper that targets scaling back greenhouse gas emissions is advancing in the North Carolina legislature. The bill also gives Duke Energy the option to seek rate increases. The measure cleared two Senate committees on Tuesday and is likely to be on the Senate floor Wednesday. The legislation should be on the Democratic governor’s desk soon, given its backing from members of both parties, Duke Energy and several key business groups. The bill directs the state Utilities Commission to come up with a plan to reduce carbon dioxide levels from energy producers drastically by 2030 and have net-zero emissions by 2050.



After public hearings, NC remapping work begins this week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly is ready to begin drawing new boundaries for the North Carolina legislature and the state’s U.S. House delegation for the next decade. The House and Senate remapping committee leaders said Tuesday that members could begin drawing boundaries Wednesday in committee rooms open to the public, with map work streamed on the internet. It’ll likely be at least two weeks before plans are debated and voted upon. North Carolina is redrawing House and Senate boundaries and those for Congress based on 2020 census figures released earlier this year. North Carolina’s population has grown enough for the state to earn a 14th congressional seat.



Court: McCrory backers can be sued for defaming 2016 voters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court says some supporters of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s efforts to contest the 2016 gubernatorial election results can be sued for allegedly defaming voters. The decision announced on Tuesday paves the way for a trial court to hear arguments against a Virginia-based law firm and the Pat McCrory Committee Legal Defense Fund. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed the complaint against the two groups and a GOP official in Greensboro whose signature was on one of the election protests that was filed with inaccurate information accusing some North Carolinians of voting twice.



Opponents target Ted Budd, Trump’s choice in GOP Senate race
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) – Rep. Ted Budd has been playing defense since getting former President Donald Trump’s endorsement in North Carolina’s GOP Senate primary. Budd is one of three leading candidates looking to keep an open U.S. Senate seat in Republican hands. Former Gov. Pat McCrory accused Budd’s family of “fraud” over a loan it gave to a company run by Budd’s father. The family got the loan repaid even as farmers lost millions in the seed company’s bankruptcy. Fellow congressman Mark Walker meanwhile says Budd is too cozy with Club for Growth, an influential political action committee spending at least $10 million on his campaign.



Two found dead in plane crash wreckage in North Carolina
ANDREWS, N.C. (AP) – Federal authorities are investigating a small plane crash in North Carolina on Sunday in which two people were killed. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that a single-engine Beechcraft B35 left Western Carolina Regional Airport around 8 p.m. on Sunday. The sheriff’s office says that minutes later, air control in Atlanta received a signal from the aircraft’s emergency location transmitter. Searchers found the wreckage on Tuesday and confirmed both occupants were dead. The victims have not been identified. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.



Police; Body of missing North Carolina man found in river
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say the body of a North Carolina man who was reported missing last month has been found in a river. The Asheville Police Department says officers received an anonymous tip about a body in the Swannanoa River on Saturday. The man was identified as 19-year-old Jose Renoso Ramirez of Woodfin. On Sept. 27, Ramirez was reported missing, and Asheville police were working with the Woodfin Police Department in the case. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of Ramirez’s death, and Asheville police say that due to the suspicious nature, the department is investigating his death as a homicide.



Vaccines are here. School’s open. Some parents still agonize
PHOENIX (AP) – A year and a half in, the pandemic is still agonizing families. There’s the exhaustion of worrying about exposure to COVID-19 itself, and the policies at schools and day cares where children spend their time. The spread of the more infectious delta variant, particularly among people who refuse vaccinations, has caused a big increase in infections in children. But there’s also COVID-19 exposures and illnesses – and even minor colds – at schools and day cares that mean children get sent home, forcing parents to scramble for child care. Deciding what’s OK for children to do and what isn’t can feel fraught.