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Governor to Veto North Carolina Budget; Override Likely

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will veto the state budget put on his desk by Republican lawmakers. Cooper made the announcement Monday, four days after the GOP-controlled legislature gave final approval to its two-year spending plan. Republicans are likely to override the veto because of substantial House and Senate majorities. A budget veto has been anticipated. Cooper says the plan doesn’t spend enough on education when the state is in good economic times and growing. Republicans say they gave Cooper items he wanted including several hundred million dollars for Hurricane Matthew relief, government building repairs and...

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Supreme Court Reinstates Trump Travel Ban

The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours being cleared by courts. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the...

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July Trial Set for UNC Player Accused of Sexual Battery

A North Carolina football player charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female student is scheduled to go on trial next month, though his attorney says the case has already “gone on too long.” Allen Artis appeared Friday for a court hearing addressing several pretrial motions. He was charged in September stemming from an encounter in February 2016. The next court date is July 12, followed by a trial July 18 and 19. Attorney Kerry Sutton says the case should go forward with no further delays because it is “hurting both sides.” According to an arrest warrant,...

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Durham Man on ATV Dies After Leading Troopers on Chase Near Mebane

A Durham man has died after police say he crashed an all-terrain vehicle while fleeing. State highway patrol Sgt. Michael Stuart told the Times-News of Burlington that 26-year-old Denzel Kewon Poole died from his injuries Wednesday evening. Dispatchers received a complaint shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday that an ATV was traveling east on Interstate 40/85. A short time later, an Alamance County-based trooper saw a man driving an ATV at 83 mph on the interstate between Haw River and Mebane. The trooper tried to stop the ATV for speeding. The driver, later identified as Poole, led him on a chase. Poole...

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Senate Agrees Driver Curriculum Should Include Police Stops

North Carolina House and Senate members agree that new drivers should be taught what’s considered appropriate if they are stopped by police on the road. But the lawmakers disagree slightly on who should decide on the details. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for the measure, which supporters say would help avoid violent or deadly encounters between motorists and officers. The information would be placed in the state’s driver’s education materials and in school curriculum. The information would be created in consultation with the Highway Patrol and other law enforcement associations. The House approved a version earlier and must decide...

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Gunman Forces Family to Shop at Target in North Carolina

A North Carolina man has been arrested after police say he kidnapped a family at gunpoint and forced them to take him shopping. Media outlets report, Durham police say on Tuesday 29-year-old Rollin Anthony Owens Jr. knocked on the door of a house in the West End neighborhood asking for money. A resident gave Rollins money, but police say he then used a gun to force the residents — a man, woman and two children — out of the house and into their vehicle. Owens allegedly made the driver take him to a convenience store, then a Target where...

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Orange County Loses Authority to Assess Impact Fees

Orange county can no longer charge fees on new residential construction to help pay for anticipated schools and other infrastructure after legislators accused local officials of abusing their authority with high rates. The Senate voted 35-13 on Monday to repeal the county’s power to charge impact fees, originally sanctioned 30 years ago. The repeal now takes effect because the House already approved the bill and it’s a local measure not subject to Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto. Repeal efforts took off after high fees were charged to the developer of remodeled apartments near the University of North Carolina at Chapel...

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N Carolina Budget Agreement Raises Salaries, Delays Tax Cuts

Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly have announced a two-year state budget deal that gives raises to teachers, state employees and retirees next year but puts off income tax breaks until 2019. Senate and House leaders unveiled details of their spending plan Monday, two weeks after negotiations between the two chambers officially opened. The two chambers will vote later this week on the compromise measure, which would then go to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. His spokesman says it looks like the proposal doesn’t do enough for education, economic development and the middle class. But Senate leader Phil Berger...

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Barber Banned from Legislative Building After Protest Arrest

One of North Carolina’s most prominent civil rights leaders has been banned from entering the state Legislative Building after he was arrested at a protest there last month. A magistrate ordered state NAACP leader the Rev. William Barber and 31 others arrested during a sit-in over health care on May 30 to stay away from the building as part of their bond on second-degree trespassing charges. General Assembly Police Chief Martin Brock told The News & Observer of Raleigh he didn’t ask for the ban, but will likely request it for future protesters who are arrested. Barber’s attorney Geeta...

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US Supreme Court Won’t Speed Up Return of Remap Rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to speed up returning to North Carolina its rulings in the case of nearly 30 legislative districts that have been declared illegal racial gerrymanders. Denials by the court Thursday mean it won’t be until the end of June for the justices’ judgments to be issued to a three-judge court in Greensboro. The timeline is important because attorneys for voters who sued want the lower court to act quickly on directing legislators to redraw maps and deciding whether a special election under these maps should be held this fall. Republican legislative leaders had asked...

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