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NC officials: Budget pays over half of school spending order
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration says North Carolina’s state budget spends a little over half of the amount necessary to comply with a plan that a judge approved to address public education inequities. Cooper’s budget office this week gave special Superior Court Judge Michael Robinson details on provisions in the budget enacted in November and how they match up with a remedial spending plan that Judge David Lee approved. It’s Robinson’s job to see if Lee’s order directing $1.75 billion be spent for the plan needs to be adjusted before the Supreme Court takes up appeals. This is the latest step in the decades-old “Leandro” school funding litigation.



Beasley makes largest quarterly fundraising in Senate bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The heavy favorite to win next month’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary in North Carolina says her campaign brought in its largest quarterly fundraising haul to date. Cheri Beasley’s campaign said Thursday it raised over $3.6 million in the first three months of this year. The former chief justice of the state Supreme Court has led in fundraising among all Democratic and Republican candidates seeking to succeed the retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr. First-quarter filings are due April 15, and the Democratic and Republican primaries are May 17. Fourteen people are seeking the GOP nomination, with U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former Gov. Pat McCrory among them.



Proud Boys member pleads guilty to conspiracy in Jan. 6 riot
WASHINGTON (AP) – A North Carolina man has become the second member of the Proud Boys to plead guilty to conspiring with other members of the extremist group to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote. Charles Donohoe pleaded guilty Friday to charges of conspiracy and assaulting federal officers during an appearance in federal court in Washington. The indictment against Donohoe and other members of extremist groups, like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, have been a focus of the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. The 34-year-old Donohoe has close ties to Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio.



Poultry shows, public sales suspended in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The state veterinarian in North Carolina says all poultry shows and public sales in North Carolina are being suspended because of the threat of the avian flu. State Veterinarian Mike Martin says in a news release that the suspension includes all exhibitions, farm tours, shows, sales, flea markets, auction markets, swaps and meets pertaining to poultry and feathered fowl. The activities are suspended until further notice. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says North Carolina joins several other states, including Georgia, that have also cancelled or altered poultry events due to the flu



Former AP reporter, editor Michael Rouse dies at 82
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) – J. Michael “Mike” Rouse, a former Associated Press reporter in North Carolina who helped usher the news cooperative into the early computer age though vote tabulation and story transmission, has died. He was 82. His son, David Rouse, said Friday that his father died Thursday night at a hospice in Wilmington, having been in failing health for several years. As an editor for the Carolinas, Rouse and his bureau chief, Carl Bell, hired the South Carolina Education Association to have teachers in every precincts to call in the votes. He set up telephone banks in the basement of a municipal auditorium in Columbia and borrowed a computer from Richland Technical Institute.



Nucor to build $350M North Carolina plant, create 200 jobs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Steel maker Nucor Corp. announced on Thursday that it will build a $350 million manufacturing plant in North Carolina, which would be its second in the state. A news release from the Charlotte-based Nucor said the mill, which will be located off U.S. Highway 64 in Lexington in Davidson County, will employ approximately 200 full-time workers when it opens and create an additional 500 temporary jobs during construction, which is expected to take two years. The other Nucor plant in North Carolina is located in Hertford County. Nucor describes the plant as a rebar micro mill. Rebar is used primarily in concrete reinforcement for the construction of roads, buildings, bridges and other structures.



NC college removes name of white supremacist from building
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina women’s college says it’s renaming a building named for a white supremacist who supported unequal funding for schools based on race. The board of trustees of Meredith College in Raleigh voted at a meeting last month to rename Joyner Hall after finding out about the background of James Yadkin Joyner. In addition to the renaming of Joyner Hall, the board endorsed placing signs with QR codes on each campus building to provide historical context about all of the individuals for whom the buildings are currently named.



Ruling permitting more NC offenders to vote blocked for now
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina appeals court has temporarily blocked enforcement of a ruling by trial judges that declared people convicted of felonies can vote while serving probation or parole. The Court of Appeals issued a stay of the ruling, which struck down a 1973 law about when voting rights are restored. A trial judge panel last week said offenders on probation or being supervised after completing any prison time should be registered to vote if they apply. Tuesday’s order will give the appeals court time to examine the case. Ex-offenders and civil rights groups have asked the state Supreme Court to take over the litigation.