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Archive for August, 2014

NC Black Leadership Caucus announce peaceful march

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY)– The North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus announce a march to celebrate the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

One member says it is more than just a celebration, because they are still fighting for justice. J C Brown says they are fighting for several families in the community that have lost family members to excessive force by police officers.

“What we are doing is peaceful,” Brown said. “Look at these families. They are just as peaceful. Guess what? The ones they killed, they were just as peaceful.”

They will be marching a peaceful protest on August 28th at 5:30 from Red Cross Street to the 1898 Monument Observance for a rally starting at 6:00.


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Racial profiling trial of NC sheriff winds down

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — The federal trial of a North Carolina sheriff accused of illegally targeting Latino drivers is nearing its close.

Final arguments are expected Friday at the trial of Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson.

The U.S. Justice Department accuses Johnson of violating the constitutional rights of citizens and legal residents by detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause. Among the government’s claims is that Johnson ordered special roadblocks in neighborhoods where Latinos live, during which those with brown skin were stopped while whites were waved through.

Johnson testified in his own defense Thursday, denying that he is racist or directed his deputies to engage in racial profiling. It could take weeks for U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder to issue a verdict in the case.

Johnson is seeking re-election in November.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC troopers to add security to fracking hearing

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State officials say the N.C. Highway Patrol is stepping in to provide security so a public meeting on fracking can be held in Sanford.

State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says troopers will handle security Friday along with State Capitol Police officers.

Hundreds are expected at the public hearing on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing. Critics say toxic chemicals can be left behind by the method of injecting water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas.

Mining and Energy Commission member James Womack expressed concerns after he said the Lee County sheriff declined to provide security. James Womack said in an email obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh that he would consider canceling the meeting unless other security was arranged.

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Gov. McCrory appoints Bell to NC Court of Appeals

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a Charlotte judge to fill the remainder of an unexpired term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Special Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell will fill the seat of outgoing Chief Appeals Judge John Martin, who retired August 1. She will serve on the court through December 31.

A special election will be held in November to fill the seat for an eight-year term. Bell is not among the 19 candidates who have filed to run for the seat.

Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court bench by McCrory in May 2013, Bell served as Chief District Court Judge for Mecklenburg County. She has been a judge since 1998.

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I-77 toll lane construction to start in 2015

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — State highway officials say construction of Interstate 77 toll lanes in the Charlotte area is scheduled to begin either next spring or summer, with new lanes slated to open in four years.

The Charlotte Observer reports the proposed toll lanes will be built between Brookshire Freeway in Charlotte and Exit 36 in Mooresville.

Officials spoke at three meetings in Mooresville, Davidson and Huntersville on Thursday to update elected officials and town staffs on the $650 million project that Cintra Infraestructuras S.A. will finance, design, build and manage.

The state didn’t announce the meetings to the public. They came to light on Wednesday after Huntersville commissioner Rob Kidwell notified media members in an email.

A citizens group opposed to the tolls criticized the meetings being closed.

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