Morning Headlines: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
NC Senate To Take Up $2B Bond Proposal, With Implications For Winston-Salem Project
There appears to be agreement among House and Senate leaders on what projects would be paid for if a $2 billion bond package is approved by voters. There also seems to be consensus on when that referendum will be held.
But the proposal could have a big impact on the completion of Winston-Salem’s Northern Beltway.
The Senate prepared to vote Wednesday for the first time on a bond bill legislators want to pass before they adjourn this year's session, likely next week.
Nearly half of the debt proceeds would go to construction projects on University of North Carolina campuses, with another $350 million benefiting community colleges. The Senate proposal would place a statewide question on the ballot during the presidential primary, which is expected to be March 15.
North Carolina Lawmakers Back Economic Incentives Agreement
A package of economic incentives sought a year ago from Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is just one General Assembly vote away from his desk.
The House gave tentative approval Tuesday to the "North Carolina Competes" initiatives, which is anchored by changes to the Job Development Investment Grant program. The Senate gave its final unanimous approval Tuesday to the compromise. Senators gave preliminary approval by a similar margin Monday night.
The House is expected to consider giving final approval Wednesday.
Former Representative Howard Coble In Intensive Care
Former U.S. Representative Howard Coble is currently in critical condition at a hospital intensive care unit.
The 84-year-old Coble is on a ventilator at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro after complications from skin cancer surgery two weeks ago.
Fox8 reports he was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 8 for surgery to remove skin cancer lesions and a lymph node.
A family member says said that not long after the procedure, Coble developed complications with his breathing and was put on a ventilator.
He now may need long-term care indefinitely.
Coble, who is from Greensboro, is a former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 6th congressional district, serving from 1985 to 2015.
First Student To Integrate Greensboro School Dies
Josephine Boyd Bradley, who integrated Greensboro’s Grimsley High School nearly six decades ago, has died in Atlanta. She was the first black student to integrate a school in the Southeast.
Following the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 she was the first student to integrate a school from Louisiana to Virginia. She first attended Greensboro Senior High School, now Grimsley, on Sept. 4, 1957.
She later said that she was scared, but holding her mother’s hand gave her strength.
Bradley had grown up in a small black community off Pisgah Church Road. Her doctoral dissertation was based on her Grimsley experience.
She served as a professor of African American studies at Clark Atlanta University.
The funeral for Josephine Boyd Bradley is Saturday at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro.
Lexington Man Wins Record NC Lottery Prize
A roofer and handyman from Lexington has a chance to give up his tools after winning the largest scratch off prize in North Carolina lottery history.
The N.C. Education Lottery says Dale Summey and his wife, Robin, claimed the top prize of $10 million in the new Ultimate Millions game. It's the seventh largest overall prize won by a North Carolinian in the lottery.
Players can choose to take the prize as an annuity, receiving $500,000 a year for 20 years, or as a lump sum of $6 million. Summey and his wife chose the lump sum and, after state and federal taxes were withheld, they took home $4.1 million.
Summey bought the winning ticket in Thomasville and held onto it for four days before discovering he had won.