Latest North Carolina News:
Budd runs 1st ad in Senate primary; another PAC pans McCrory
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd is running his first primary election commercial statewide. The congressman is highlighting his endorsement from former President Donald Trump in the ad that was widely dispersed starting Wednesday. It also portrays Budd as tough on illegal immigration. Budd’s campaign says it will spend about $150,000 on the commercial over the next week. The ad got rolled out on the same day an independent expenditure committee called Conservative Outsider PAC planned to begin television ads opposing Budd rival Pat McCrory. The former governor and Budd are among 14 candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the May 17 primary.
Police: Officer finds 2 struggling over gun, fires shots
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say two men were taken to medical facilities after an officer who found them struggling over a gun fired shots. Burlington police say officers were called early Wednesday to a home where a resident reported finding an intruder acting erratically. Officers found two residents, a man and woman, leaving the home. Police say they were followed by a man who tackled the male resident, then struggled with him over a firearm. When the pair didn’t comply with officers’ orders, police say an officer fired. The resident and suspect were taken to the hospital. The male resident was treated for injuries consistent with assault and released Wednesday. The suspect remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
Police: NC teen fatally shot in vehicle on Interstate 85
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a teen was killed when someone fired into a vehicle on Interstate 85 during rush hour. News outlets report that Gaston County police say the shooting happened around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday on southbound I-85 near Bessemer City. The road was shut down for several hours. Gaston County police say 19-year-old Uriah Diondreus McCree of Kings Mountain was found “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds” and was taken to a local hospital where he died. Police say it’s not clear what led up to the shooting. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Bessemer City Police.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOAN PROGRAM
NC audit: Virus business relief program lacks monitoring
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A new North Carolina state audit says a nonprofit foundation that received $83 million to lend to small businesses struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t create procedures to ensure the public money was used properly. The performance audit released Wednesday looked at federal coronavirus relief funds the legislature sent to Golden LEAF in 2020 for its Rapid Recovery Loan Program. The foundation’s top leader took issue with the findings from State Auditor Beth Wood’s office. More than 1,250 loans were initiated thanks to the money. Borrowers must certify they’ll use the money properly, but the audit contends little else was done to ensure compliance.
SUPREME COURT-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
High court nominee says she’d skip Harvard race case
WASHINGTON (AP) – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson says that if confirmed to the Supreme Court she’d sit out an affirmative action lawsuit over Harvard’s admission policies because she sits on the board of her college alma mater. But the court has a potential workaround that could still allow Jackson to play a role in the court’s consideration of a dispute that could lead to the end of the use of race in college admissions. And in any event, her vote is not expected to be pivotal on a court with a 6-3 conservative majority that is skeptical of the role of race in education, voting and other areas.
WILLIAM PEACE-NAME CHANGE
William Peace University reconsiders name, slaveholder ties
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A small private college in North Carolina is considering a name change amid scrutiny of its namesake’s history as a slaveholder. William Peace University President Brian Ralph told WRAL-TV Tuesday that the school will hold a series of “listening sessions” with faculty, staff, students, alumni and others on whether to rename the school. Ralph’s remarks came as the university released findings from a task force that reviewed the school’s historical ties to slavery and white supremacy. The task force found that Peace owned more than 50 slaves, according to data from an 1860 census.
‘Leandro’ fast-tracked to justices; new judge directs review
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Supreme Court has agreed to accelerate the process that will lead to likely another landmark ruling in school funding litigation known as “Leandro.” The justices granted a request to hear the matter in the coming months, rather than wait first for a ruling from the Court of Appeals. The justices didn’t immediately schedule arguments, but wants first a trial judge to examine education spending contained within the new state budget. Judge David Lee ordered in November that $1.75 billion in taxpayer money be spent to carry out a remedial education spending plan. But Lee won’t conduct the review. Chief Justice Paul Newby picked another judge.
INTERSTATE TRAFFIC CRASHES
Patrol: Missouri interstate crashes killed 5, injured 15
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) – A final report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says five people died and 15 were injured in a series of collisions on a southeast Missouri interstate last week. Authorities initially said six people died in the collisions Friday on Interstate 57. Mississippi Coroner Terry Parker said communication during the chaotic scene led to the incorrect number. One person his office thought had died did not. The patrol said three separate chain-reaction crashes happened during heavy fog in the Charleston area. The dead included two people from Texas, and one each from Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin.