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AP-US-XGR-MEDICAID-EXPANSION
NC Medicaid expansion gets serious attention from Senate GOP
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. The idea is contained in a summary of a wide-ranging health care access measure being discussed by state senators. The Associated Press obtained the summary. Such legislation would mark an extraordinary turnabout by Senate Republicans set against expansion for a decade. Senate leader Phil Berger said last year he was now open to expansion, which is a top priority for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim Moore said last week he’d be surprised if expansion could be approved before the legislative session ends around July 1.

 

 

AP-US-CONGRESS-ETHICS-CAWTHORN
Ethics panel opens investigation into GOP’s Madison Cawthorn
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn had a conflict of interest in a cryptocurrency he promoted and engaged in an improper relationship with a member of his staff. That’s according to a statement the panel released Monday. It’s just the latest moment of scrutiny for the North Carolina Republican, who lost his primary race last week despite having the support of former President Donald Trump. Cawthorn’s office said it “welcomes the opportunity” to prove his innocence. The Ethics panel cautioned that the opening of the investigation does not mean that Cawthorn violated House rules.

 

 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PRICE
US Rep. David Price recovering after COVID-19 positive test
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The longest-serving member of North Carolina’s current congressional delegation is recovering following a coronavirus diagnosis over the weekend. U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill wrote in a tweet that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and that he was “experiencing mild cold-like symptoms.” The 81-year-old Price says he was vaccinated and boosted and would follow quarantining guidelines. Price has served in Congress almost continuously since 1987. He is not seeking reelection this fall for his Triangle-area 4th Congressional District. Other political notables in North Carolina testing positive recently include Attorney General Josh Stein and former Gov. Pat McCrory.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL-INTERN-LAWSUIT
Fatal crash focus of lawsuit against Highway Patrol, school
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The mother of a North Carolina college student who was killed while riding with a state trooper as part of an internship has filed a wrongful death claim against the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the state Department of Public Safety and the school. Michael Higgins was a criminal justice major at East Carolina University who was part of an internship program with the Highway Patrol, WITN reported. His mother, Lisa Higgins has sued two state troopers in addition to the state agencies and ECU. Michael Higgins was riding with a trooper on Aug. 22, 2020, when the trooper decided to chase a motorist that the other trooper said smelled of alcohol.

 

 

WATERFALL-DROWNING
Swimmer drowns at popular waterfall in North Carolina
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A 53-year-old man has died after drowning at a popular waterfall in western North Carolina. The Linville Volunteer Fire Department said it received a call late Friday morning about a missing swimmer at Elk River Falls. WJHL-TV reported that the victim was 53-year-old Philip D. Williams. Elk River Falls, in the Pisgah National Forest, has been the scene of multiple drownings in recent years. During the rescue and recovery efforts Friday, a diver with the fire department suffered a medical emergency and was taken by helicopter to the hospital. The diver is expected to make a full recovery.

 

 

MOTHER AND SON KILLED
N. Carolina man charged with murder in deaths of mother, son
HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) – A 68-year-old man has been charged with murder in the deaths in a mother and son from North Carolina who were found dead in the grass behind their apartment building. Police in Hope Mills, just south of Fayetteville, announced Saturday that Rodney William McCrary has been charged with two counts each first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police say he lived in the same apartment building as 48-year-old Julie Camacho Smith and her 25-year-old son, Desmond Miles Brewington. They were found dead Wednesday morning. McCrary was being held without bond. Hope Mills Police Chief Stephen Dollinger told The Fayetteville Observer that a motive was not immediately known.

 

 

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER-DWI CHARGE
Police charge North Carolina school bus driver with DWI
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina school bus driver is charged with driving while impaired after an accident in which a construction worker was hit. News outlets report Raleigh police responded to a report late Friday morning of an accident west of downtown. There were no children on the bus, but police said the bus hit a construction worker, who suffered injuries to his legs. Officers charged the bus driver with operating a school bus after consuming alcohol and impaired driving in a commercial vehicle. The driver has been removed from driving duties for the Wake County Public School System and is suspended pending an investigation.

 

 

REDISTRICTING-NORTH CAROLINA
NC groups, voters urge justices to avoid redistricting case
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina advocacy groups and voters have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid hearing arguments on the role of state courts in reviewing congressional redistricting maps created by state legislatures. Their attorneys and those representing North Carolina government filed legal briefs Friday in a case involving the U.S. House map that was just used in the state for primary elections this week. The Supreme Court in March refused to block the map’s use this year, but some justices signaled they were interested in formally discussing the broader questions of a clause in the Constitution. Republican legislative leaders already petitioned the court to take the case.