NC Senate ad emphasizes lieutenant governor backing of Budd
RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson endorses Ted Budd for next month’s U.S. Senate Republican primary in a new commercial in which he also criticizes ex-Gov. Pat McCrory. Robinson appears in an ad from the Club for Growth Action super PAC that began running Wednesday. The committee plans to spend $1.3 million alone running this commercial on TV. It’s part of $14 million the group said it was prepared to spend in the race supporting Budd and opposing McCrory. Robinson announced his endorsement at a rally earlier this month featuring former President Donald Trump, who also backs Budd.
NC judge gets 1 more week to work on school funding order
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to give a judge another week to work through the latest step in a long-running legal fight over public education spending. The justices granted to Special Superior Court Judge Michael Robinson the extension Wednesday, his original deadline. Robinson said he needed more time in part to work through the differences between the legal parties. Robinson was tasked last month with scrutinizing the November order of another judge who directed $1.75 billion be moved from state coffers to address education inequities. The justices will begin to hear appeals after Robinson reports to the justices by April 27.
HOUSE FIRE-FOUR DEAD
4 dead, including 2 children, in N.C. house fire
COOLEEMEE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say four people, including two children, died in a fire that erupted in a North Carolina home. Davie County Sheriff J.D. Hartman told reporters that investigators believe that a father, mother and their two young children died in Monday afternoon’s house fire in Cooleemee. The town is approximately 35 miles southwest of Winston-Salem. Hartman said autopsies could help investigators determine the cause of their deaths. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
McCrory, Budd still close in NC Senate campaign fundraising
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Budd is benefitting from President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a super PAC’s commitment to flood airwaves and mailboxes to help him as the May 17 Republican primary approaches. But rival and former Gov. Pat McCrory still has managed to stick close to Budd when it comes to head-to-head fundraising. First-quarter campaign finance reports filed Friday show the current U.S. House member Budd and the former governor McCrory collecting essentially the same amounts. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination and continues to raise the most money among all candidates seeking to succeed the retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr.
INMATE DEATH-COLD CASE KILLING
Man charged in woman’s 1972 killing dies awaiting trial
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man charged with raping and killing a woman in North Carolina nearly 50 years ago has died in a state prison while awaiting trial. Authorities say 68-year-old Larry Joe Scott was in the custody of the state Department of Public Safety when he died Friday at a prison in Raleigh. A news release from Johnson County’s sheriff and top prosecutor didn’t identify a possible cause of Scott’s death, but it said he was taken to the prison after getting medical treatment at two hospitals. Scott was scheduled to be tried in August on charges of first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping in the December 1972 killing of 33-year-old Bonnie Neighbors.
Police: Robber enters restaurant through drive-thru window
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police say a knife-wielding woman robbed a fast-food restaurant in North Carolina by climbing through the drive-thru window and grabbing a cash drawer. Winston-Salem police said in a news release that the unidentified woman fled in a brown sport utility vehicle after robbing the Taco Bell on Saturday afternoon. No injures were reported. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the woman was swinging a large knife as she entered the restaurant through the window, then stole an undisclosed amount of money.
GOP lawmakers vote remotely more often after initial scorn
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just seven Republicans, along with most Democrats, used remote voting in the House when voting-from-somewhere-else was first allowed two years ago as the pandemic erupted. So far this year, however, over half of GOP lawmakers have used the proxy voting system at least once, along with nearly all Democrats. More than 50 of the Republicans who’ve used it this year also once signed onto a lawsuit seeking to declare the practice unconstitutional. And one Democrat who’s used it for almost every vote this year has made three flights as an airline pilot. An Associated Press look at House data shows proxy-voting acceptance by both parties has grown.
2 accused of carjacking woman, 74, caught in North Carolina
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have apprehended a man and a woman accused of assaulting and carjacking a 74-year-old woman. News outlets report the Craven County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responding to the call learned that the woman had been eating in her car when two people approached, demanded that she get out and then assaulted her when she refused to get out. Warrants were issued for Danny Lee Minor and Kimberly Elizabet Woodell, both of Asheboro. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office says they were found in the county and taken into custody.