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REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT
NC math experts, voters sue over US House, legislative lines
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Another lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s latest round of redistricting has been filed. A conservation group, university mathematicians and voters involved in the suit accuse Republican mapmakers of illegal partisan and racial gerrymandering in both the state’s congressional and General Assembly districts. The litigation filed late Tuesday in state court is spearheaded by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. The plaintiffs in part accuse Republican legislators of violating the state constitution by parceling out portions of the state’s large urban counties to favor GOP congressional candidates. They also say General Assembly lines also appear to dilute the voting of Black residents. Republicans have defended the maps as lawful. 

 

 

ELECTION 2022-HOUSE-6TH DISTRICT
NC Congress candidates grow with Foushee, Watkins bids
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A Democratic U.S. Senate candidate for the past several months and a current Democratic state senator have announced they would run for a central North Carolina congressional seat. Durham scientist Richard Watkins and state Sen. Valerie Foushee of Chapel Hill said Wednesday they are seeking the 6th District seat up for election in 2022. Longtime 4th District Democratic Rep. David Price lives within the newly redrawn 6th District, but Price announced last month he wasn’t seeking reelection. Watkins announced in March that he would seek the Senate seat currently held by the retiring Richard Burr, but Watkins had now switched over to a House race.

 

 

STOLEN VEHICLE-CRASH
4 N. Carolina juveniles hurt after crashing stolen vehicle
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say four juveniles riding in a stolen vehicle were injured when they crashed into a home. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Winston-Salem police said one of the juveniles was listed in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries. According to police, officers arrived at a location on the city’s south side on Tuesday afternoon and found a 2006 Toyota Tacoma had run off the road and struck a home. Witnesses told police that they heard multiple gunshots in the area before the pickup hit the home, but police say no one was injured from the gunfire.

 

 

BODY-ROADSIDE-MURDER CHARGE
N. Carolina man charged after teen’s body found near road
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man has been arrested in the death of a teenager whose body was found on a roadside. WGHP reported on Wednesday that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Jaylen Lyles of Winston-Salem on Tuesday. Lyles is charged with murder in the death of a 17-year-old boy who was found dead on a road in Stokes County. The boy was a resident of Forsyth County, but the sheriff’s office declined to release his name because of his age.

 

 

SCHOOL CAFETERIAS-WORKER SICKOUT
Cafeteria workers stage sickout in N. Carolina school system
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The largest school system in North Carolina said none of its students went hungry on Tuesday despite a sickout by school cafeteria workers demanding better pay and improved working conditions. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports leaders at the Wake County Public School System warned parents that another sickout could impact food services at other schools on Wednesday. Late Monday evening, the Wake County system alerted families at 32 schools that they should bring their own lunch on Tuesday because the system couldn’t guarantee meal service. But the system said it was able to provide meals to every student who wanted one

 

 

STATE BUDGET
Drama eases on NC budget as Gov. Cooper plans to sign it
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to sign the legislature’s final budget bill has eased the drama about whether the two-year spending measure would be vetoed or ever take effect. The House and Senate scheduled separate votes for Wednesday on the plan. The Senate already gave its initial approval to the bill on Tuesday, shortly after the Democratic governor announced he would sign the measure when it reaches his desk. He said the good within the plan outweighed items he disliked. All budget voting should be complete by Thursday. The measure describes how to spend $26 billion this year and $27 billion next year.

 

 

EX-PROFESSOR-SEX CHARGES
Retired violin professor pleads guilty to child sex charges
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say a longtime University of Michigan violin professor pleaded guilty to transporting an underage girl across states lines for sex back in 2002. The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit said Tuesday that 68-year-old Stephen Shipps faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced. Shipps was indicted last year on charges alleging that he took a girl across state lines several times between February and July of 2002 with the intention of having sex with her. His arrest came two years after the university placed him on paid leave when former students accused him of sexual misconduct while he taught them in the 1970s and 1980s in Nebraska and North Carolina.

 

 

TRANSGENDER LAWSUIT
Lawsuit challenges North Carolina rules on transgender ID
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A lawsuit filed on behalf of an adult and two minors in federal court says North Carolina’s requirement that transgender people undergo sex reassignment surgery is discriminatory, and not in line with a majority of states and medical organizations. Three law firms joined to file the lawsuit in North Carolina’s Middle District Court on Tuesday. Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan says North Carolina statutes requiring people to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in order to correct a birth certificate is “antiquated.” The lawsuit says 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico permit people to correct the sex designation on their birth certificate without the need for surgery.