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City Panel OKs Policy Banning Exchanges with Israeli Police

A North Carolina city council voted Monday to prohibit its police department from engaging in international exchanges with agencies whose officers receive military-style training. News outlets report the Durham City Council voted 6-0 for a policy that resulted from a petition by the activist group Jewish Voice for Peace seeking a ban on any partnership the department might enter into with Israeli defense forces or the Israel police. Proponents say Israeli tactics promote racial bias and police militarization. “I hope this spreads,” Hillsborough resident Debra Rosenstein told the council during her turn at the podium. Speakers from other cities...

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Court Orders Top NC University to Turn Over Sex Assault Data

A state appeals court is ordering North Carolina’s flagship public university to turn over the names of students found responsible for rape or sexual assault in non-criminal, campus disciplinary proceedings. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can’t cite a federal student privacy law in withholding the information. University officials said the law blocked it from naming students disciplined for on-campus sexual misconduct. The Daily Tar Heel campus newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, The Herald-Sun of Durham and WRAL-TV sued, pointing to an exception in the federal law protecting student...

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Students Sue, Say Poor County’s School Funds Unfairly Shared

North Carolina’s top court is considering whether county officials should share some of the blame if schools are so underfunded that children aren’t getting a good shot at a sound, basic education. The state Supreme Court on Monday heard a lawsuit seeking to improve funding in a poor, rural county with three racially segregated school districts. Parents and students in Halifax County sued the county commissioners, arguing they haven’t fairly distributed local sales tax money they control. Lawyers for the county say if school board officials think they’re getting short-shrift in county money, it’s up to them and not...

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UNC Still Working with State on Concerns Over Agent Conduct

North Carolina is still working with state authorities to notify investigators when agents improperly contact athletes or potentially violate the state’s sports agents law. In emails released Friday responding to public records requests, UNC notified the Secretary of State’s office in 2014, 2016 and 2017 about five NFL agents improperly contacting athletes directly without going through the school. Some emails from UNC associate director Paul Pogge questioned whether the agents were registered as required by the state’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act. In a statement to The Associated Press, Pogge said the athletes involved or their families acted properly by...

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Deaths From Flu in North Carolina Rise to 362

North Carolina health officials say the death toll from flu-related illness this season has reached 362. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that four deaths were reported for the week that ended April 7, one week after the recognized end to the 2017-18 season. In addition to the four deaths, officials reported 10 more deaths from previous weeks were related to the flu. Of the 14 deaths, 12 victims were age 65 and older. Two were between the ages of 25 and 49. For the season, there have been 269 deaths among people 65 and...

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Legislators Want More Schools to Make Security Plans

Some North Carolina legislators want more schools to provide basic building information and access to local and state law enforcement to better respond to emergencies or violent acts on campus. The General Assembly’s emergency management oversight committee recommended several bills Thursday it wants approved when the legislature reconvenes next month. One bill would require charter schools, regional schools and K-12 private schools receiving taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers to provide schematic building diagrams to authorities and to create risk management plans. Currently charter and other non-traditional public schools are only encouraged to do so. Requirements include annual drills. Another bill would...

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Deadline Nears to Comment on Moving of Confederate Statues

A committee studying the possible removal of three Confederate monuments on North Carolina’s Capitol grounds is accepting public comments for one more day. So far, the committee that’s part of the North Carolina Historical Commission has received more than 5,400 comments on whether to move the statues to a Civil War battlefield as Gov. Roy Cooper requested. The committee will continue to accept comments through midnight Thursday. The panel plans to report on the proposal this month to the full state commission. Cooper wants the monuments moved to the Bentonville battlefield site in Johnston County. A 2015 state law...

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Cooper Says Court Rulings Favoring Republican Need Appeals

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t giving up following new court rulings favoring Republican legislative leaders and the laws they passed. Cooper’s lawyers are expected to appeal judicial decisions Monday upholding laws that reduced the number of Court of Appeals judges and directed the governor to include increased funding for taxpayer-funded private school tuition in his budget documents. Another ruling Monday favoring GOP legislators involved control of federal grants and Volkswagen emissions settlement funds. Cooper told reporters Tuesday he believes the cases warrant examination by higher state courts. He pointed out some of Monday’s rulings made by a three-judge...

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North Carolina Agency Says Chemical Makers Lied

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to tackle an emerging problem of water and air pollution from industrial chemicals by beefing up the state’s health and environmental agencies, a move legislators have resisted. Cooper proposed Tuesday spending $14 million with half of the money to find sources of water contamination or collecting and analyzing data on how to handle perfluorinated compounds like GenX. Legislators in February failed to agree on an extra $2 million for the Department of Environmental Quality. State regulators said in new court documents this week that the operators of a chemical plant near Fayetteville have...

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Judges Rule for GOP in Latest Power Struggle with Governor

North Carolina state judges favored Republican legislative leaders Monday in the latest batch of rulings over laws that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has sued over by complaining that they unconstitutionally eroded his authority. A majority on a three-judge panel dismissed portions of a lawsuit from Cooper by affirming one law that will reduce the number of Court of Appeals judges from 15 to 12 as retirements and other vacancies arise. By the same 2-1 ruling, the panel also affirmed a law that told the governor he must mention increasing amounts of money for taxpayer-funded scholarships for private school tuition...

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