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August 25, 2022
Charles Lincoln Ellis Sr.
August 25, 2022
AP-NC Newswatch

North Carolina News

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s education department says early-grade students made marked improvements in reading and literacy skills during the last school year. The gains announced on Thursday came during the first full school year of a new initiative contained within a 2021 state law designed to improve reading proficiency. The Department of Public Instruction says children in kindergarten through third grade were formally assessed at the beginning and end of the school year, with the results compared to similar assessments in other states. DPI says North Carolina students made greater gains over the year compared to students elsewhere.

 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has indicated that the case of a transgender inmate suing North Carolina for gender affirming medical care may be likely to proceed. Kanautica Zayre-Brown sued North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety in April, claiming the prison system has failed to regularly dispense Zayre-Brown’s prescribed hormones and has denied her request for surgical procedure to construct a vagina. The Charlotte Observer reports that U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn said Tuesday that he may issue an order to reject the state’s motion to dismiss and says he intends to hear arguments in the case. Cogburn says the case is important to deciding whether people in custody have a right to gender affirming surgery and care.

 

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — A local North Carolina district attorney has announced she won’t prosecute a police officer who authorities said fatally shot a man during a suspected car theft earlier this year. Cabarrus County District Attorney Roxann Vaneekhoven revealed her decision involving now-former Concord officer Timothy Larson on Wednesday. She says the officer was legally justified in firing. The Charlotte Observer reports Brandon Combs died when he was struck by gunfire while he sat behind the wheel of Larson’s police SUV. The newspaper reports Combs had jumped in after Larson had discovered him trying to steal a pickup truck. Combs’ mother filed a federal lawsuit.