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Obama to address American Legion in Charlotte

August 22nd, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — President Barack Obama is coming to North Carolina to address the American Legion convention.

A statement released from the White House Press Office on Friday said Obama will address the convention on Tuesday.

The statement said more details will be made available in the next few days.

The American Legion is holding its 96th annual national convention at the Charlotte Convention Center.

In addition to the president, North Carolina Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr will also address the group on Tuesday.

Obama last visited North Carolina in January when he gave a speech at N.C. State University.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Hewett supporters won’t release their side of the story

August 22nd, 2014

LELAND, NC (WWAY)– Ron Hewett supporters held a public meeting that was not so public.

A Leland man put together an event to tell what he says is the truth behind the former Brunswick County Sheriff’s death. Earlier today, Ronnie Lewis told us Hewett’s death was “help gone wrong” and the video released by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is depicted incorrectly.

Lewis made a Facebook group right after Hewett’s death in the New Hanover County jail. It’s called “Justice for Sheriff Ronald Hewett.” Then he began posting about an event to quote “get the truth out about what happened to Hewett.”

The event says “Our meeting with the public and all of our supporters will be held this Friday at the Leland Park.”

When we showed up at the public park to hear Lewis’s side of the story, we were told it was not to be televised.

“I hope that camera is not recording,” Lewis said.

Lewis went on to describe the last few days of Hewett’s life. Lewis said the sheriff’s office released video that was depicted the way they wanted it to be. Lewis would not let us record any of these comments. He said it was out of respect for Hewett’s family.

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Protesters attend labor rights rally at NC Capitol

August 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators wearing red union shirts rallied at the North Carolina capitol to call for fair wages and workers’ rights.

Friday’s rally kicked off seven days of demonstrations by the organizers of the “Moral Monday” protests of conservative public policy at the North Carolina Legislature. About 1,000 people have been arrested at the protests during the past two legislative sessions.

Organizers plan to focus on a different topic each day in the latest series of rallies. Demonstrators marched from the Bicentennial Mall to the Capitol for Friday’s rally.

NAACP leaders in several other states were planning protests at their own state capitols this month.

Lavin Summers of Henderson said he came out to stand up for workers’ rights, Summers works at an AT&T call center.

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NC Black Leadership Caucus announce peaceful march

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

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.

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