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July 28, 2019 - 12:00 am


North Carolina group protests at ICE detention center

(Information from: WRAL-TV,

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About 60 people from North Carolina traveled to Virginia this weekend to protest outside of a privately-owned detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement.

WRAL-TV reports that members of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church traveled from Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday to Farmville, Virginia, to pray and demonstrate outside the facility.

The Rev. Nancy Petty is the pastor at the church. She says people who are being held in detention centers are people fleeing violence and persecution.

Petty says the United States needs to find a different way to respond to people who need help.

Petty says these are concerns discussed from the pulpit in church, and members of the group were moved to take their beliefs on the road in protest.



N Carolina city will survey African American buildings

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city will use federal grant money to help it inventory homes, churches and public buildings designed and built by African Americans.

The News & Record reports the city of Greensboro has received a $12,000 Historic Preservation Fund grant for the project. The city also is spending $10,000 on the project.

City senior planner Mike Cowhig says state officials have suggested that Greensboro do a comprehensive survey of buildings associated with African American designers and buildings because some communities are underrepresented in historic preservation.

The city said in a news release that the first phase will focus on modernist structures in eastern Greensboro and Benbow Park that were designed by African American architects.

He says the city likely will survey the public for more information about historically significant buildings.


Couple wins $1M in lottery after stopping for gas fill up

(Information from: The News & Observer,

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — It turned out to be a good time to be running out of gas.

North Carolina lottery officials say a West Virginia couple vacationing in North Carolina bought a $2 Powerball ticket after running low on gas and won $1 million.

Dennis Woolwine told lottery officials that he and his wife, Michelle, were driving to check on their beach house in the Outer Banks when their gas light came on.

He says they went inside a Circle K in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, for a drink and decided to also get a lottery ticket.

They live in Charles Town, West Virginia.



Political show 'NC Spin' won't have contract renewed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A television show on North Carolina politics and public affairs is ending at the end of the year after almost 22 years on the air.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the founder of "NC Spin" learned in an email that the show will end after its contract is up this year.

Tom Campbell told the newspaper he had heard the program has been the subject of conversations with members of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, after the show was critical of the board over its handling of higher education officials.

Kevin Fitzgerald, the interim executive director and general manager of UNC-TV, told the newspaper it was "a programing decision" not to renew the contract.


Medicaid, budget fight test North Carolina governor's clout

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper often got steamrolled by Republicans who held comfortable legislative majorities during his first two years on the job, but that's changed since his party made electoral gains.

Cooper has issued far fewer vetoes this year, as Republicans have sent him fewer pieces of contentious legislation because they no longer have veto-proof power. Democratic legislators also stood united with Cooper in upholding his veto of a "born-alive" abortion bill.

Cooper's leverage is now being tested in a budget stalemate, as he pressures Republican legislators to expand Medicaid. He vetoed the state budget last month in part because it failed to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of people.

Republicans accuse Cooper of holding up what they call a great budget because of a "Medicaid-or-nothing ultimatum."


US grabs almost $1.5M for ties to NC political bribery case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities have grabbed nearly $1.5 million that a North Carolina insurance magnate intended to use as political donations, arguing the funds may be forfeited for an attempt to bribe the state's top insurance regulator.

Federal court records unsealed Friday show the FBI seized Greg Lindberg's money from the North Carolina Growth and Prosperity Committee. A judge will decide later whether the government keeps the money.

Prosecutors said another $500,000 in a committee bank account was to be channeled to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey through the state Republican Party.

Causey reported the attempt to funnel the $2 million to his campaign in return for special treatment for insurance companies owned or run by Lindberg. Lindberg, former North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes and two other men have pleaded not guilty.


2 North Carolina bomb squad agents injured in explosion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An explosion has injured two North Carolina bomb squad agents, one of them badly, while they were trying to neutralize what authorities said were bomb-making materials.

A State Bureau of Investigation news release says two of its agents were assisting the Sampson County Sheriff's Office east of Fayetteville when the materials exploded early Friday.

Deputies had called the SBI to help with a search that uncovered bomb-making materials. The SBI says the agents were hurt as they worked to render the materials safe. Both were taken to a burn center in Chapel Hill. One was in critical condition and the other stable Friday.

The sheriff's office issued a statement saying that Jimmy Tyndall was charged with possessing weapons of mass destruction. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.


The Latest: N Carolina partisan gerrymandering trial wraps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel will likely spend weeks deliberating whether they can identify when politicians go too far in drawing voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make.

A three-judge panel on Friday concluded a two-week trial in which Democrats and their allies argued legislative districts violate the state constitution by so favoring Republicans that elections were largely predetermined.

Republican attorney Phil Strach wrote in closing remarks that the plaintiffs failed to define how judges would know if gerrymandering has gone too far.

An appeal is likely whatever the judges decide.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month in a separate case involving North Carolina's congressional map that federal courts shouldn't decide if boundaries are politically unfair, but state courts can.

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