RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans are moving quickly to advance a proposal to prevent schools from promoting several concepts about race and racism. It comes as a last-minute substitute to a charter school reopening bill Tuesday. Republicans say the bill isn’t about rewriting history. Democrats are accusing GOP leaders of not allowing kids to learn about racism in the country. The measure must be approved in the House by Thursday to be considered this legislative session. The bill comes as lawmakers in a number of states this year have debated how and whether systemic racism should be taught in public schools.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating a donation to its College of Public Health in honor of the college’s founder. Dr. Geoff Hartwig and his wife, Dr. Marcia Hartwig, of Raleigh, North Carolina, have pledged more than $800,000 to the school in honor of Dr. Lynn Cook Hartwig, who was director of the college until breast cancer forced her to retire in 1995. Lynn Hartwig, Geoff Hartwig’s first wife, died the next year. She was 48. Lachel Story, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, said the gift will honor Lynn Hartwig’s legacy and open opportunities for students in areas like funding.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A North Carolina high school football player and his brother have been identified as the two boaters whose bodies have been found in the Intracoastal Waterway in South Carolina. News outlets report Horry County Coroner Tamara Willard says 28-year-old Ahykeem Jones fell into the water from a boat he was riding in with several members of his family near Pelican Bay landing around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Willard says Jones’ brother, 19-year-old Johnnie Magbie jumped in after him, but neither of them resurfaced. Divers found the bodies of the two men on Monday. Magbie played football at West Brunswick High School.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina senators are interested in altering parts of the state’s 2016 police body camera law in light of what’s happened recently following the fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City. A measure approved by a Senate committee on Monday would direct law enforcement to let family members of a person who died watch unedited officer body camera footage within five business days of any request. A sheriff or police department could ask a judge to redact video. Family members of Brown have spent the past few weeks in a legal battle to see the videos of the fatal encounter.
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — Johnston County officials say Amazon is planning a $100 million distribution and fulfillment center. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the county made the announcement on Monday. Amazon plans to build a 620,000-square-foot warehouse in Smithfield by 2022 that will create 500 jobs paying at least $15 an hour. The announcement by Amazon comes less than two weeks after Apple announced that it was building its first East Coast campus in North Carolina, investing $1 billion for a site in Research Triangle Park.
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