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Governor: Lt. governor’s LGBTQ comments don’t speak for NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says it would be “appropriate” if Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson resigned for comments he made about sex education in public schools that critics say plainly disparaged LGBTQ people. Cooper spoke on Wednesday at a bill-signing ceremony. Robinson has taken heat since last week when a video from a church appearance in June surfaced. Many Democrats called on Robinson to resign. Robinson hasn’t apologized and says his comments were critical of books found in some public schools. Cooper says he wants people to know Robinson “does not speak for North Carolina,” which he said is a “welcoming and inclusive state.”
Climate change: North Carolina gov signs major energy law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A milestone energy bill that targets sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions from North Carolina power plants has become law. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed the legislation on Wednesday. The directive aims to reduce carbon dioxide output of North Carolina energy producers 70 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. North Carolina and Virginia are now the only Southeastern states that have passed legislation establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements. The final measure attracted strong bipartisan support and Republican lawmakers attended the signing, celebrating it as a major accomplishment. The law now tasks state regulators with coming up with arrangements by the end of 2022 to meet the emissions reduction goals.
Criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal leads to court-martial
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – An attorney for a former Marine battalion commander relieved of his duties after he made comments critical of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan says his client will plead guilty in a special court-martial. Lawyer Tim Parlatore is representing Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. Parlatore told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his client will accept responsibility for his actions during the court-martial scheduled to begin Thursday at Camp Lejeune. Parlatore said that after Scheller pleads guilty, there will be a sentencing hearing that he expects will last two days.
OFFICER DRAGGED-DRIVER CHARGED
Police officer hit by car during hit-and-run investigation
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina police officer was dragged by a hit-and-run driver who was returning to the scene of a previous accident. The Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release late Tuesday that officers were sent to a hit-and-run accident in which a vehicle hit a home. The news release says that while an officer was investigating, the vehicle returned, and when the officer tried to confront the suspect, he was hit by the vehicle and dragged. Police filed multiple charges against 24-year-old Chante Roshell Oates, including including assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
Report: N. Carolina jail violated regulations in two deaths
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A state agency probing the deaths of two North Carolina jail inmates last spring says jailers violated regulations requiring them to observe inmates at least twice an hour. The Charlotte Observer reports John Devin Haley of Charlotte was found hanging below his cell window at the Mecklenburg County jail with a strip of blanket tied around his neck last May 22. One week earlier, Karon Golightly of Gastonia died at the jail. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the deaths. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden declined several requests for comment, citing the SBI investigations.
SUSPECT CALLS 911
Police: Man killed roommate, called 911 to give his location
ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been accused by police in the fatal shooting of his roommate after he called 911 and told officers where they could find him. News outlets report that when Zebulon police responded to 911 calls reporting gunshots, they found 35-year-old Chauncy Kassim Montague lying in the front yard of a home with multiple gunshot wounds. He died at a local hospital. Police said that before officers could track down the suspect, 32-year-old Travis Denawn Jordan called 911 to tell dispatchers where he was. Jordan is facing a murder charge.
GRANDMOTHER KILLED-TWO CHARGED
Granddaughter, boyfriend charged in 88-year-old’s death
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) – Authorities say a granddaughter and her boyfriend have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 88-year-old Virginia woman. The Danville Register and Bee reports Danville police say 24-year-old Lindsey Mae Johnson and 22-year-old Nicasio Antonio Guzman are charged in the death of Elizabeth Morris Adkins, who was found dead in her home on Sunday morning. Johnson and Guzman are both from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A statement from police said the department couldn’t comment on a possible motive because the investigation is ongoing. Johnson and Guzman are jailed without bond.
$50K fine, no prosecution for ex-coach in college scam deal
BOSTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors have promised to drop their case against a former Wake Forest University coach charged in the college admissions bribery scandal if he pays a $50,000 fine and follows certain conditions. A deferred prosecution agreement unsealed Tuesday in the case against William Ferguson says that the former coach accepts responsibility for his role in the scheme, but that prosecutors will move to dismiss his case after 24 months if he pays the fine and abides by the terms of the agreement. The unveiling of the deal comes days after prosecutors won guilty verdicts against two wealthy parents accused of buying their kids’ way into school as athletic recruits in the first trial in the high-profile scandal.