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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have charged a man with murder in the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy last week. Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said Arturo Marin-Sotelo was charged Thursday in the Aug. 11 killing of Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd. Lt. Walter Adams said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. He urged anyone with information about the shooting to call the sheriff’s office. Byrd was a K-9 officer who had been with the sheriff’s office for 13 years. Baker said last week that Byrd was killed after stopping along a dark stretch of road late at night.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina. U.S. District Judge William Osteen reinstated the abortion ban Wednesday after he said the June U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade erased the legal foundation for his 2019 ruling that placed an injunction on the 1973 state law. The ruling erodes protections in one of the South’s few remaining safe havens for reproductive freedom. His decision defies the recommendations of all named parties in the 2019 case, including doctors, district attorneys and the attorney general’s office, who earlier this week filed briefs requesting he let the injunction stand.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The campaign committee for North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has asked a federal appeals court to block enforcement of a seldom-used libel law amid an investigation into one of the attorney general’s 2020 political ads. Stein’s campaign asked the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday to grant a preliminary injunction barring the Wake County district attorney from enforcing what Stein’s campaign called “an overbroad, poorly tailored criminal libel law.” Stein’s GOP rival in 2020 cited the law in a complaint to the state elections board, prompting a country district attorney to investigate.