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N Carolina governor, Trump official talk offshore drilling
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he had a good conversation with a top Trump administration official over plans to expand offshore drilling.
Cooper said he talked to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about concerns that drilling could cause catastrophic damage to the state’s $3 billion tourism and fishing industries.
The Democratic governor says residents of North Carolina need to make their opposition clear to the federal government.
The plan has bipartisan opposition: Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster met with Zinke on Friday and shared similar concerns.
In January, Zinke announced plans to vastly expand offshore oil drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The plan would open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to development by private companies.
RUNNING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
North Carolina’s top court deciding who runs public schools
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s top court will decide whether legislators can interpret the state constitution in a way that gives an elected schools superintendent control over about $10 billion a year in public school spending.
The state Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday over whether lawmakers can diminish the authority of the appointed statewide school board. The panel’s lawyers argue the state constitution clearly states the school board “shall supervise and administer the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support.”
Legislative leaders and schools Superintendent Mark Johnson are telling justices the constitution authorizes lawmakers to change the power relationship. The constitution declares the school board shall make all needed education rules and regulations in line with laws the General Assembly enacts.
Light freezing rain possible in western North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Forecasters say a rainy Sunday in western North Carolina could start out icy.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for areas of North Carolina from Charlotte to the Triad and westward.
Forecasters say light rain should start before dawn Sunday, steadily getting heavier. Temperatures should remain below freezing until late in the morning, putting a glaze of ice on bridges, sidewalks and trees.
The weather service expects the precipitation to change to all rain, and it should rain for most of Sunday.
DEPUTY SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
911 call: Son says dad shot by police shaken by mom’s death
BARNARDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man was shot by police after he showed up at his ex-wife’s house in North Carolina, violating a restraining order.
Buncombe County deputies identified the man wounded as Dayton Rice, who was brought to the hospital.
A 911 call released by deputies has Rice’s son telling the operator that Rice’s mother died three days before and he had been spiraling out of control.
In the call, the son asks 911 if the deputies could get his father some help.
Deputies said in a news release that Rice was standing in the road and did not follow demands he drop his gun. No one else was injured.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. The deputy who shot Rice, Adam Honeycutt, is on paid leave.
1 N Carolina county has 4 times the aggressive drivers
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State data shows one North Carolina county has issued four times as many aggressive driving tickets as any other.
Law enforcement in Mecklenburg County issued 279 citations for the serious traffic charge in 2017. The next county on the list as Wake County with 67 tickets.
The two counties are the largest in the state.
In all, The News and Observer of Raleigh reports 1,055 people were charge with aggressive driving in North Carolina in 2017.
Aggressive driving is speeding combined with two other offenses that include running a red light, running a stop sign, passing illegally, failing to yield, and following too closely.
Problem with drawbridge mechanism closes N Carolina bridge
EAST LAKE, N.C. (AP) – Officials say the mechanism that raises and lowers a drawbridge on U.S. Highway 64 in eastern North Carolina was broken, closing the bridge for about four hours.
The Department of Transportation said the Alligator River bridge that connects the Outer Banks to most of the rest of the state became stuck around 8 a.m. Saturday. The bridge was fixed by noon.
The shortest detour around the bridge is on U.S. 264, but doubles the typical 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip.
The two-lane bridge carries U.S. 64 over the Intracoastal Waterway about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of the Outer Banks.
The DOT did not say on its website what broke on the drawbridge.
Less than a dozen drawbridges remain in North Carolina.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
Man with knife dies after he was shot by police offices
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say a man wielding a knife has died after he was shot by a police officer.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said in a news release that officers responded to a call shortly after 1 p.m. Friday about a man who was harming himself.
The Charlotte Fire Department and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and told police that the man had a knife and would not cooperate. The department said Officer Daniel Flynn confronted the man, perceived a threat and shot him. The man was identified as 27-year-old Charlie Shoupe, who was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.
Police said there would be an internal investigation. Flynn, a 10-year veteran of the force, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in such cases.
ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE-PROTESTS
15 pipeline protesters arrested at governor’s office
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina state government police arrested 15 people who refused to leave the reception area of Gov. Roy Cooper’s office while expressing opposition to a multistate natural gas pipeline for which his administration issued a key permit last week.
The demonstrators held a nonviolent sit-in for several hours Friday before officers led them away when they refused to leave the Administration Building after its public closing. State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen said those arrested would be charged with second-degree trespassing.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia into the Southeast.
Protester Greg Yost says Cooper’s staff spoke with them earlier Friday. Yost says the demonstration was designed to express unhappiness with Cooper and signal the pipeline struggle would soon expand to actual construction.