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Appeals courts asked to step in on NC offenders’ voting case
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Lawyers representing competing sides in a legal debate over when felony offenders in North Carolina should be able to vote again are asking appeals courts to step in. Last week, a panel of trial judges struck down a 1973 state law that prevents someone convicted of a felony from having voting rights restored while they’re still on probation, parole or post-release supervision. It’s possible they could begin voting in the May 17 primary. Republican lawmakers asked the Court of Appeals to block enforcement of the ruling while it’s challenged. But those who sued over the law asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to take over the case instead.



Outer Banks will soon open 2nd bridge to skirt flooded route
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) – A bridge that will allow locals and tourists to avoid a perennially washed-out route on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is set to open to traffic this month. The News & Observer reports that people will be able to walk, bike and run across the 2.4-mile Rodanthe Bridge on Saturday ahead of its opening. The $154 million bridge will bypass the south end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and part of the highway that’s often washed over by the ocean during storms. Construction on the project began in 2018. The structure is known as the “jug handle bridge” because of how it sticks out over Pamlico Sound.



No votes planned for NC legislative mini-session this week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina legislators won’t take up any business during a scheduled three-day reconvened session this week. Only a handful of House and Senate members returned on Monday as each chamber gaveled floor meetings in and out within a few minutes. The offices of House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger say no recorded votes would be held before Wednesday’s scheduled adjournment. Legislative leaders agreed last month to return in case there was some urgent business that needed addressing. There’s another three-day session set for early May, before lawmakers return for their longer budget-adjustment session set for May 18.



Expanded Medicaid for new mothers begins in NC
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New mothers can now receive one year of full Medicaid coverage after delivery as a new state law expanding services takes effect. The 12-month post-partum coverage began on Friday. The expansion was offered to states in a COVID-19 relief and stimulus package approved by Congress last year. Until now, women whose households received up to nearly twice the poverty level could receive 60 days of post-partum coverage. Most pregnant women and those whose pregnancies have ended also will receive full Medicaid benefits – and not just maternity-focused benefits previously provided. The state’s cost share will be paid for through increased hospital assessment receipts.



NC man convicted of murder in 2017 fatal beating of uncle
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina prosecutor says a man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2017 beating death of his uncle. District Attorney Jon David said 21-year-old Gabriel McDowell of Elizabethtown was convicted on Thursday after a trial that began last week. In a news release, David says the court has discretion to sentence McDowell to less than life without parole because he was 16 at the time the crime was committed. News outlets report McDowell was charged in the death of his uncle, 60-year-old Charles Leach in December 2017. Authorities said Leach, who lived in Clarkton, was the target of a robbery.



Greene sues to stop challenge to her reelection eligibility
ATLANTA (AP) – U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that a group of voters is using to challenge her eligibility to run for reelection. The challenge filed last month with the Georgia secretary of state’s office alleges that Greene helped facilitate the Jan. 6, 2021 riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. That violates a provision of the 14th Amendment and makes her ineligible to run for reelection, the challenge says. Greene filed a lawsuit Friday asking a judge to declare that the law that the voters are using to challenge her eligibility is itself unconstitutional and to prohibit state officials from enforcing it.



Retired AP sports writer Skip Latt dies at 73
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Retired Associated Press sports writer Skip Latt has died in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. An obituary published by West Harpeth Funeral Home & Crematory in Nashville says Latt died March 31. áHe had a passion for sports from the time he was young, participating as a student-athlete, a writer and editor and a coach for his sons’ teams. Latt worked at two South Carolina newspapers, The Times Democrat of Orangeburg and The News and Courier of Charleston, before joining the AP bureau in Nashville in 1982. He was born Oscar Raymond Latt Jr. on April 3, 1948, in North Carolina and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina.



Body of Marine killed in NATO crash in Norway returned to US
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) – The body of a Marine officer killed during a NATO training exercise in Norway has been returned to his home in Massachusetts. A plane carrying the remains of Capt. Ross Reynolds landed Saturday at Logan International Airport in Boston. There it was met by his family and Gov. Charlie Baker. Six Marines loaded the casket into a hearse, which then was escorted to his hometown of Leominster, west of Boston. Hundreds of city residents, many of them bearing U.S. and Marine Corps flags, lined the streets as the hearse made its way to a funeral home in neighboring Fitchburg.