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Budget bill is law if House votes to complete veto override
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Spending and policy adjustments made by Republicans to North Carolina’s state budget next year appears headed to becoming law despite Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
The House scheduled an override vote Tuesday on Cooper’s veto of the nearly $24 billion plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. The Senate already completed its part of the override last week, the day after Cooper issued his veto. Republicans in both the House and the Senate have large enough majorities so that they can override any veto if they stay united.
Cooper complained the GOP budget didn’t do enough for public education, teacher pay and the environment. He also criticized the legislative process that created the alterations. Republicans countered that Cooper wanted to spend too much in his own proposal.
S Carolina officer fired after DWI arrest in N Carolina
(Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com)
FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina police officer who was arrested in North Carolina has been fired.
Fort Mill Police Chief Jeff Helms tells The Herald that 55-year-old Tanya Moore Ervin-Leonhardt was fired June 3, a day after her arrest on charges including driving while impaired, drug possession and illegally carrying a gun.
Cherryville Police Chief Cam Jenks says officers responding to reported careless driving “could smell the odor of alcohol on her breath.” She identified herself as an off-duty officer and refused to take a sobriety test. Police found marijuana and paraphernalia in her car.
Jenks says concealed carry permit holders aren’t allowed to carry concealed weapons with alcohol in their systems.
Helms says Ervin-Leonhardt was a desk officer who joined the department in 2002.
It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.
Sheriff: Deputy shot N Carolina man who pointed gun
ELKIN, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy shot a North Carolina man who pointed a gun at an officer.
News outlets cite a release from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office that says deputies responded to a reported disturbance at a home on Monday. They encountered 36-year-old Herbert Charles Kipp, who the release says pointed a long gun at a deputy.
He was subsequently shot, but the release doesn’t specify which deputy shot him.
Kipp was treated and released at a hospital, before being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
Police find human remains in North Carolina woods
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina have found human remains in a wooded area.
News outlets cite a release from Raleigh police that says officers searching for a missing woman found the remains on Monday evening.
It’s unclear whether the remains are related to the missing woman’s case.
A death investigation is underway. Further details have not been released.
Higher bank lending fees approved by North Carolina Senate
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina-based banks could charge higher lending fees than currently permitted in legislation that passed one General Assembly chamber.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday night for loan origination and late fee increases originally sought by the state’s banking industry.
The measure got bipartisan support after a floor amendment was approved to make potential increases not as steep on borrowers with loan principals under $1,500. For example, the maximum origination fee could be $100 for those loans, compared to $150 proposed earlier. The current maximum for these loan amounts is $50.
The bill sponsor says the fees haven’t changed substantially since the early 1990s, and current origination fees make it difficult for North Carolina-chartered banks to cover the cost of making these loans.
The bill now returns to the House.
POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN-NORTH CAROLINA
34 arrested in 5th week of protests at N Carolina capitol
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say 34 more protesters have been arrested at North Carolina’s Legislative Building as part of demonstrations to help the poor.
The protest started Monday with a rally outside where several fast food workers talked about how any unexpected illness for themselves or a family member means disaster for their budgets because their wages are so low.
The protesters want North Carolina to pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage. They say unions can also help workers.
The News and Observer of Raleigh reports some protesters then went inside the Legislative Building. Police say 34 were arrested either during sit-ins at Republican House Speaker Tim Moore’s office or for disputing meetings.
The protests were the fifth in the weekly Poor People’s campaign. More than 100 people have been arrested during the demonstrations.
BABY DIES IN VEHICLE
Baby dies after 911 caller says he was unconscious in car
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A caller to 911 told an operator a 7-month-old baby found dead inside a car in North Carolina had been left in the vehicle.
Screams and wails could be heard in the background of the call made around 7 p.m. Friday in Raleigh.
The caller says several people had just found the baby boy in the car and he was not breathing.
The operator told the caller how to do CPR on the baby, who was declared dead a short time later.
Raleigh Police are investigating the death and have released few details.
NC agency may ask judge to order chemical plant changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s environmental agency says it plans to ask a judge to impose tougher conditions on operations at a chemical plant that has long emitted a little-understood industrial compound.
The state Department of Environmental Quality said it plans to go to court later this summer to force The Chemours Co. to stop GenX and related compounds from getting into the air and water near its Bladen County plant.
Chemours attorneys in April challenged DEQ’s authority to change the air emissions permit critical to the company’s operations. Lawyers for the Wilmington, Delaware-based company said the state agency can’t require zero air emissions of GenX when state law allows industries to pump proven carcinogens and other toxics into the air.
The health effects of GenX aren’t fully known.