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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s most powerful state senator says he’d prefer to have approved restrictions on abortion after roughly the first three months of pregnancy. Senate leader Phil Berger told reporters Tuesday that he’d also support exceptions to any post-first trimester prohibition, such as rape and incest. House Speaker Tim Moore reiterated Tuesday that he would favor a “fetal heartbeat” bill, which likely would bar abortions after roughly six weeks, but also with exceptions. No legislation will be debated until 2023, and efforts at new restrictions in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade will be difficult if the GOP can’t win veto-proof majorities in November’s elections.

 

RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked a local North Carolina district attorney from prosecuting state Attorney General Josh Stein or anyone else for his 2020 campaign ad through a criminal libel law. The majority on a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the request by Stein’s campaign committee to prevent enforcement of the law while it seeks to have it declared unconstitutional. A trial judge declined to issue an injunction. The decision came a day after after a Wake County grand jury formally asked the district attorney’s office to submit an indictment. The jurors identified Stein and two advisers as possible indictment subjects.

 

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — A closely divided county elections board in North Carolina has determined there’s substantial evidence that a state Senate candidate doesn’t reside in the district for the seat she’s running for this fall. The Currituck County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to forward its findings from a hearing involving the candidacy of Democratic candidate Valerie Jordan to the State Board of Elections for a final decision. Republican candidate Bobby Hanig filed the protest last week. Hanig alleges that Jordan doesn’t reside in the 3rd Senate District. Jordan says she’s confident the state board will rightly determine she lives in the district.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A second man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy. The News & Observer reports that a Wake County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Alder Alfonso Marin Sotelo on Tuesday on a murder charge in the death of sheriff’s Deputy Ned Byrd. The grand jury also indicted his brother, 29-year-old Arturo Marin Sotelo, on Tuesday on a murder charge. The sheriff’s office charged the elder brother in the case last week. Sheriff Gerald Baker said Byrd, a K-9 officer, was killed after stopping along a dark stretch of road late at night.