April 20, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is coming to North Carolina for some Republican fundraising and promoting President Trump’s tax overhaul law.

Pence is slated to arrive late Friday morning in Greensboro. There he’ll make an appearance at a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, who is seeking a third term this fall and leads the conservative Republican Study Committee caucus on Capitol Hill.

Later the vice president heads to Charlotte and an event sponsored by a nonprofit group backing Trump’s agenda. He’ll speak at the America First Policies gathering to talk about the overhaul law’s tax cuts. Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. Robert Pittenger and others will participate.

Pence’s office says he’ll then attend a Republican National Committee event. The Walker and RNC events are private.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is joining a multi-state effort to reduce wrecks along the Interstate 95 corridor.

The Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a two-day effort supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and eastern states. The campaign is intended to increase visibility of law enforcement.

The campaign begins Friday and continues on Saturday.

In 2014, the IACP initiated an effort to significantly reduce highway deaths. The goal of the initiative was to change the high-risk behaviors of motorists in order to decrease the number of crashes through education and awareness, partnerships, and high-visibility traffic enforcement.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is striking a blow for bat motherhood, telling homeowners not to run bats out of their house before the end of July.

The commission says between May and June, female bats are raising their young and the bat pups need their mothers to survive during their early weeks. If homeowners seal holes or use devices to get rid of the bats, female bats will not be able to get to their young after a night of feeding, and the young bats will starve to death.

If any bats are sealed inside, including pups that cannot fly, they will search for a way out and will die inside the house, or find their way into the living space in the home.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a North Carolina gang member has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after stolen guns were found at his home.

U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said in a news release Thursday 26-year-old Rashem Santa Perry of Ahoskie was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

Perry was identified as a high-ranking member of the United Blood Nation. According to Higdon, an Ahoskie police informant bought a .22-caliber rifle and some marijuana from someone at Perry’s home last May.

Officers executing a search warrant at Perry’s home said he was found running from a bedroom. A search turned up an AR-15 rifle, a partially loaded magazine and a .40-caliber handgun. The weapons had been reported stolen from a local gun shop.


HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants legislators to set aside tens of millions of dollars for public school and college building safety improvements and millions more for school-based counselors, psychologists and police officers.

Cooper announced Thursday at an Orange County high school what he will include in his state budget proposal for school safety and youth mental health services. Those areas have gained attention since 17 people died in a Florida school shooting in February.

The General Assembly returns next month to adjust the second year of the current two-year spending plan. Republican leaders are debating their own safety improvements in study committees, with hiring more officers and psychologists getting attention.

The Democratic governor previously urged lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws. GOP legislators are unlikely to do so.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prison officials say more than nine out of 10 state prison workers charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones or committing other crimes behind bars escaped prison time.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the state Department of Public Safety found just four of the 57 prison employees charged with crimes between 2013 and 2017 landed behind bars themselves. Prosecutors dropped cases about 60 percent of the time. More than half of the workers charged got probation.

Providing drugs or cellphones to inmates are low-level felonies in North Carolina, so relatively clean criminal records can mean probation rather than prison time.

An example was the six months’ probation prison worker Kendra Miller got after being charged with helping a convicted murderer escape in 2015 from an Anson County prison.


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police chief says a man shot his girlfriend and her five children — killing the woman and two teens — before shooting himself.

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper says the shooting happened Wednesday night after Maurice Laron Garner got into an argument with his girlfriend at the hospital where she worked.

Hooper said that the woman, 32-year-old Erica Nichelle Smith of Asheville, was killed. Her 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter also died.

A 10-year-old boy who was grazed by a bullet called 911. An 8-year-old and 12-year-old also had non-life threatening injuries.

Hooper said it doesn’t appear that Garner was the father of any of the children. She said he was found in a car nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A college in North Carolina has selected an interim president to take over May 1.

Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem said in a news release Wednesday that Sandra J. Doran will lead the women’s liberal arts school while a nationwide search is conducted for a permanent president.

Salem President Lorraine Sterritt announced her resignation in January and has accepted a position as president of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Sterritt will begin her duties there in July.

Doran most recently served as the national program director of the New England Board of Higher Education in Boston and as entrepreneur in residence at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Salem has about 1,100 students.


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