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US Supreme Court Blocks New North Carolina Maps, Fall Elections

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering North Carolina legislators to redraw state legislative districts and hold special elections within the altered districts this fall. Tuesday’s court order granted the request of North Carolina Republican legislative leaders to delay the ruling by a three-judge panel. The lower court last summer threw out 28 state House and Senate districts as racial gerrymanders. The Supreme Court says its order will stay in place at least until the court decides whether to hear the appeal. If the justices take up the case, the stay will remain in effect...

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UNC Again Faces NCAA Extra-Benefits Charge in Academic Case

North Carolina again faces an NCAA charge for providing improper extra benefits tied to its multi-year academic fraud scandal. The school on Thursday released a third Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA that outlines rules violations. The notice, dated Dec. 13, includes rewording a charge that had been removed from the first version filed in May 2015 that was tied to athletes’ access to the irregular courses on the Chapel Hill campus. That charge, originally tied to conduct by academic counselors, now focuses on two former staffers in that department while also citing them for violating “principles of...

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Duke Gives Allen Indefinite Suspension From Team After Trip

Duke suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely from the team Thursday, one day after he was caught tripping an opponent for the third time in a year. In a brief statement announcing the suspension, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the program “needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke basketball.” Allen picked up a technical foul for tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana on a drive in the first half of a 72-61 win Wednesday night. That earned him a seat on the bench for the final 4:15 of the half and the start of...

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Bid to Repeal House Bill 2 Fails

Amid deepening acrimony, a supposedly bipartisan deal to kill the North Carolina law known as the “bathroom bill” fell apart Wednesday night, ensuring the likelihood that global corporations and national sports events will continue to stay away from the state. The law limits protections for LGBT people and was best known for a provision that requires transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. It was passed earlier this year after Charlotte officials approved a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance. The repeal compromise touted by both Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory...

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North Carolina GOP Legislators Look to Weaken Incoming Democratic Governor

Republicans at the General Assembly appear ready to undermine North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper’s powers before he takes office next month. GOP lawmakers participating in a special session scheduled committee meetings Thursday to consider bills that would reshape parts of state government and Cooper’s relations with the legislature. One measure would require Cooper’s Cabinet choices to get Senate confirmation and scale back dramatically the number of at-will political appointees Cooper can hire. Another measure would merge the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission. Democrats are furious about the goals of the second special session this week, calling...

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North Carolina Elections Board Orders Durham Recount

North Carolina’s elections board has ordered Durham County to recount tens of thousands of ballots cast during early voting, reversing the decision of the county board a couple of weeks ago. The state board’s 3-2 decision Wednesday evening after close to three hours of arguments could delay further final results in the governor’s race. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who trails Democrat Roy Cooper by more than 10,000 votes, supported the recount request filed by a GOP attorney. The board’s three Republican members voted to reverse the Durham board’s previous decision to throw out the protest. Wednesday’s hearing focused on...

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President Emeritus of Elon University Dies at 92

James Earl Danieley, president emeritus of Elon University and who was considered to be a strong advocate for higher education, has died. He was 92. A statement from the school said Danieley died at his home in Burlington on Tuesday. Danieley served as dean of the college before being named the sixth president of then-Elon College in 1957 at age 32, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation at the time. During his 16-year term, he guided campus improvements in academic standards and faculty credentials. Danieley retired from the presidency in 1973 and returned to...

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NCAA: UNC’s Response to Amended NOA “Without Merit”

The NCAA says North Carolina’s argument that the governing body lacks jurisdiction in the school’s ongoing multi-year academic case is “without merit.” In a Sept. 19 filing released by the school Tuesday, the NCAA enforcement staff pushed back against the school’s procedural arguments in response to five serious charges by saying they lacked merit. UNC had argued there was an expired four-year statute of limitations and that a March 2012 ruling in an earlier case should have precluded some of the current charges. UNC had also argued that some material from an outside investigator’s report into academic irregularities on...

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UNC Linebacker Refutes Rape Claim

A North Carolina football player facing charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student says the two had consensual sex and that he did not rape nor drug her. In his first public comments, Allen Artis said Tuesday he isn’t a rapist and is eager to get the case behind him. One of his attorneys, Kerry Sutton, also said Artis has passed a polygraph test about the February incident. The junior reserve linebacker, indefinitely suspended from the team, turned himself in earlier this month on the misdemeanor charges. His next court date is set for Thursday. The...

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Efland Woman Dies in Police Custody in New Jersey

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a North Carolina woman who was in police custody in New Jersey. Neptune Township police had charged 21-year-old Katie Thomas of Efland, North Carolina, on Aug. 17 with possession of drug paraphernalia. Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Charles Webster tells the Asbury Park Press she was in custody on the disorderly persons offense at the police station when she was found unresponsive and not breathing. Webster says authorities performed CPR and she was transported a short distance to a hospital, where she...

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