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NC medical marijuana bill goes to House with final Senate OK
RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) – Legislation making it lawful to smoke marijuana or consume cannabis-infused products for medical purposes in North Carolina has cleared the state Senate and now goes to the House. The measure received bipartisan support on Monday night by a margin similar to an initial vote last week. The legislation creates a system whereby someone with one of more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions” can be prescribed cannabis. Sales centers run by licensed suppliers would open. Chances for House passage before this year’s primary work session adjourns in a few weeks don’t appear good, as Speaker Tim Moore has said the issue may have to wait until next year.



$3M settlement reached in lawsuit over Black man’s death
A North Carolina sheriff’s office has announced a $3 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed Black man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies more than a year ago. The family of Andrew Brown Jr. filed a $30 million civil rights lawsuit in 2021, saying Brown died because officers showed “intentional and reckless disregard of his life.” The settlement includes a special $1 million appropriation along with $2 million from the county’s insurance policy, according to a statement provided to The Associated Press. Brown was killed on April 21 last year by deputies serving drug-related warrants at his Elizabeth City home.



Bills addressing arson, retail theft gets NC Senate support
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – New arson crimes and higher penalties for current offenses related to setting buildings on fire have received overwhelming support in the state Senate. The measure approved Monday would create new felony crimes for setting fire to prisons and occupied commercial structures. Fire department job applicants also would be subject to criminal background checks and couldn’t work for the agency if they had been convicted of felony arson. A separate bill approved unanimously Monday by the Senate attempts to crack down on large, organized thefts at stores. Different versions of these bills have been approved by the House.



Cooper OKs NC employee leave for ‘personal significance’ day
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Tens of thousands of North Carolina state employees are now provided with paid leave to observe a day of “personal significance” thanks to a new executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper. Starting later this month, workers in Cabinet-level agencies can get an additional eight hours of leave annually for an observance that includes but isn’t limited to days of cultural or religious importance. That could include days not listed in the paid holiday schedule like Juneteenth, Diwali, Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah. The state employee schedule already is at its maximum of 12 paid holidays.



Mountain Valley Pipeline seeks new panel for challenges
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A company building a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia wants new judges to hear the next round in its battle with environmentalists. The Roanoke Times reports that Mountain Valley Pipeline filed a motion last month asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to assign a new panel. The company argues that the panel that has presided over 12 challenges has vacated or stayed all but two, effectively killing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and threatening the same for Mountain Valley. While judges can sometimes remain with cases when they come up again, the company asserts that the circuit didn’t follow its operating procedures. The Sierra Club and others urged the court not to grant the request.



Police: 17-year-old shot, killed; second juvenile wounded
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Police say a 17-year-old was shot to death in a North Carolina city, while a second juvenile was wounded. Elizabeth City police said its officers responded on Sunday to gunshots at around 8:30 p.m., news outlets reported. When the officers arrived, they were told that two 17-year-olds had arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds. According to police, one of the juveniles died from his wounds. The second victim is expected to survive. Police say they are conducting a homicide investigation and released no additional details.



Officials: Gun fired accidentally at NC hospital, 1 hurt
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a woman was shot and wounded when a gun went off accidentally at a hospital and police are searching for her brother. Wayne County officials said that the report of a shooting at Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro on Sunday night prompted a lockdown. Officials tweeted Monday that responding officers found a woman with a gunshot wound to her leg that wasn’t considered life-threatening. Officers then searched and secured the hospital. Officials say investigators determined that the shooting was an accidental discharge. County spokesman Joe Gillie says police are searching for the injured woman’s brother. Officials say a warrant was obtained charging her brother with felony carrying a concealed weapon.



FBI warns businesses in 8 Southern states of fraud scheme
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The FBI in North Carolina is warning businesses in eight states about a scheme in which people are using stolen credit card numbers to make large purchases by telephone. A news release from the agency’s Charlotte Division on Monday says victims have been targeted in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The FBI said that so far in 2022, more than 100 businesses have been targeted, including tire stores, furniture stores, lumber companies, trailer businesses, and appliance stores. FBI Charlotte says it is working with several local law enforcement agencies on the investigation.