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May 11, 2019 - 12:00 am


North Carolina 'bathroom bill' sponsor bidding for US House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator best known as the architect of the state's so-called bathroom bill three years ago is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal.

State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is a leading contender among 10 candidates in next week's GOP primary in the 9th Congressional District special election. Some voters say their choice doesn't depend on Bishop's sponsorship of a 2016 state law that prevented anti-discrimination rules protecting LGBT residents.

GOP political consultant Paul Shumaker says Bishop's backing for House Bill 2 will help him in the Republican primary. Shumaker said the law's opponents will likely support Democrat Dan McCready in a general election if Dan Bishop is the GOP nominee.


Immigrant advocates hold vigils over bill aimed at sheriffs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Latino and civil rights activists in North Carolina remain worried about Republican legislation that would direct all local sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents after a handful have said recently that they won't.

The umbrella group El Colectivo NC planned vigils Saturday evening outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Charlotte and the Executive Mansion in Raleigh.

The group's member organizations want Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to commit to vetoing what it considers anti-immigration legislation like a House bill telling sheriffs they must comply with ICE detainer requests. The measure now in the Senate also would let private citizens sue sheriffs who don't, leading to potential fines.

Cooper's office has said the governor has "serious concerns" about efforts to take away local authority and hamstring local law enforcement.


Agency fires worker who made false claim about golf outing

(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina agency that supports the homeless and needy has fired a worker who falsely claimed a PGA Tour golfer would host its charity golf outing.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission says Rob Hillmer claimed that he was a close relative of professional golfer Steve Stricker and had direct access to him.

Donors and players at the annual Rescue Mission Charity Golf Tournament were told that Stricker would host the May 2 event. Stricker was at his home in Wisconsin and posted on Twitter that he knew nothing of the tournament.

The mission said Hillmer, who the newspaper reported had a lengthy criminal record, gained no financial benefit from the scheme. The mission is offering to refund money donated by sponsors and paid by golfers.



Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, teen elected mayor of Boys Town

BOYS TOWN, Neb. (AP) — Boys Town youth residents have elected 17-year-old Josh Reed, of Fort Calhoun, as mayor of the village in west Omaha.

A news release from the organization says Reed becomes the 119th mayor of Boys Town. Ja'had Hart, of Erwin, North Carolina, was elected vice mayor.

Reed is a captain of the Boys Town cross-country team and is a member of the track team and student council. Hart competes on the basketball, football, baseball and track teams.

The Rev. Edward Flanagan, founder of Boys Town, conceived the self-government system in 1926 as a tool for the town's citizens to build character, citizenship and a sense of community. The process was made famous in the 1938 Academy Award-winning movie "Boys Town," where Mickey Rooney portrayed Whitey Marsh, a tough young boy who turns his life around and becomes mayor of Boys Town.


Man accused of director's 1985 death appears in court

(Information from: The News Herald,

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Hollywood television director in 1985 has appeared in a North Carolina court.

The News Herald of Morganton reports that a Burke County judge on Friday ordered 52-year-old Edwin Jerry Hiatt held without bond until a June hearing. Hiatt was also appointed an attorney.

Hiatt has been charged with murder in the killing of Barry Crane in Los Angeles. A housekeeper found the body of Crane, who directed episodes of 1970s and '80s TV shows including "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Six Million Dollar Man."

Crane's death went unsolved until police said they matched a fingerprint from Crane's stolen car to Hiatt last year. They subsequently used DNA testing and interviewed Hiatt.

Hiatt told reporters he didn't remember what happened and was a heavy drug user at the time.



The Latest: Man describes finding baby thrown into a ravine

A man who retrieved the baby who police said was thrown into a ravine says he's thankful it happened near his house in western North Carolina.

Scott Fowler told WLOS on Thursday that his wife heard the baby crying. Fowler said he saw the 7-week-old child over a bank.

Fowler said he went and got the baby and that she was in good shape. But he added: "What kind of human being could do this?"

Authorities in Henderson County said Friday that the child is in good condition. Her mother, Krista Noelle Madden, has been charged with attempted murder.

Police said she initially claimed the baby was kidnapped.


N Carolina college graduation held days after fatal shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university is holding graduation ceremonies for almost 5,000 students just 10 days after a gunman stormed a classroom and killed two people while wounding four others.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Friday graduates students from its business, architecture and health careers colleges. Graduation for the university's education, computing, engineering and liberal arts colleges is Saturday.

Police say a gunman carrying a pistol and a bagful of bullets burst into a class that he'd dropped and opened fire on students on the last day they were meeting.

Twenty-two-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell is charged with first-degree murder.


Hero students highlight shift in school shooting guidance

BALTIMORE (AP) — The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two separate U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students who are told, at least in some situations, to do what they can to disrupt shootings.

A majority of school districts have now embraced such an approach, with experts saying educators need to give staff and students as many options as possible in the worst-case scenario.

Many schools have stuck with the traditional approach of locking down a school and letting law enforcement confront the shooter, especially in grade-school settings. Encouraging students or faculty to do otherwise, critics say, could make them more of a target.


Associated Press writer Dan Elliott in Denver contributed to this report. Melia reported from Hartford.

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