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5 years into GenX probe, new NC gov’t action plan unveiled
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and his environmental chief have unveiled a new strategy to address further efforts to reduce and remedy a broad category of “forever chemicals” like GenX in water sources. Cooper and Environmental Quality Secretary Elizabeth Biser visited Wilmington on Tuesday to chronicle state government’s efforts so far to address discharges like those from a Chemours Co. plant in Bladen County and what’s ahead. GenX ended up in the Cape Fear River, the drinking water sources for several hundred thousand people in southeastern North Carolina. A state investigation of the pollution began five years ago this month.
TROOPER SHOOTS DRIVER-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina patrol releases video of fatal shooting
A video released by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol shows a motorist had a gun in his hand when he stepped out of a truck during a traffic stop and was fatally shot by a state trooper. Trooper Rodney Cook, a 16-year veteran of the patrol, shot and killed 21-year-old Mark Anthony Diaz of Staley on May 30. Cook has been placed on routine administrative duty during an internal investigation. The full video provided by the patrol is nearly 37 minutes long, and includes a shorter version which has subtitles describing the incident and pausing the action multiple times to focus on the gun Diaz was holding.
POLICE OFFICER INDICTED
NC officer faces manslaughter charge in fatal shooting
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A former North Carolina police officer has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in a fatal shooting. News outlets report Guilford County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that a grand jury returned an indictment charging officer Matthew Hamilton with manslaughter. Greensboro police say Hamilton has been fired because of the indictment. The department says on Nov. 20, officers responded to a report of a man trying to get into a home. When officers confronted the man behind the home in a shed, one officer fired their weapon and hit Joseph Thomas Lee Lopez. Life-saving measures were attempted before Lopez was pronounced dead. Lopez’ father has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the officer.
HIGH POINT-LAW SCHOOL
Ex-Chief Justice Martin returning to NC work at High Point
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin is returning to work in the state after more than three years leading a Virginia law school. High Point University announced Tuesday that Martin will be the founding dean of it developing law school. Martin was chief justice for about 4 1/2 years before taking the dean’s job at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Martin called the High Point post a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Regent announced separately Tuesday that faculty member Bradley Lingo will succeed Martin as dean this month.
HOUSE FIRE-WOMAN KILLED
North Carolina woman dies, 2 firefighters hurt in blaze
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a woman was killed and two firefighters were treated for injuries after battling a house fire. News outlets report Cary firefighters responded to a call at approximately 11 p.m. on Monday on the town’s south side. According to firefighters, a woman was inside the house when the fire started. Her identity has not been released. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released. The fire department says the cause of the house fire is under investigation.
NC treasurer pushes for patient charity care in legislation
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina legislative committee has discussed a measure backed by Treasurer Dale Folwell that would require North Carolina’s hospitals to provide minimum levels of free or discounted care to low- and middle-income residents not covered by insurance. The bill is in part a response to a study examining charity care by the state’s largest nonprofit hospital systems. Folwell says patients are getting into medical debt that hurts their credit scores. The association representing North Carolina hospitals is taking no position on the bill but says laws already address issues in the measure. Chances for the bill to advance before this year’s session ends appear small.
NC police department breaks gun seizure record in May
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina’s largest city say they broke a 7-year-old record last month for the number of guns seized by officers in a month. A news release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Monday says officers seized 413 firearms in May related to criminal investigations, including a number of guns connected to a person apprehended with the help of a tracking device. So far this year, the department says it has seized 1,230 guns, up 11% from 2021. The department also says the number of guns seized this year is 40% higher than the average over the last five years.
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.