Morning News Briefs: Friday, June 16th, 2017

Morning News Briefs: Friday, June 16th, 2017

5:27am Jun 16, 2017

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US Supreme Court Won't Speed Up Return Of Remap Rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to speed up returning to North Carolina its rulings in the case of nearly 30 legislative districts that have been declared illegal racial gerrymanders.

Denials by the court Thursday mean it won't be until the end of June for the justices' judgments to be issued to a three-judge court in Greensboro.

The timeline is important because attorneys for voters who sued want the lower court to act quickly on directing legislators to redraw maps and deciding whether a special election under these maps should be held this fall.

North Carolina Republicans Still Negotiating Final Budget

House and Senate Republicans are still negotiating a final state budget that's supposed to take effect next month, with their views on tax breaks still among the significant differences.

Top GOP chamber leaders said talks were continuing Thursday. Legislators took procedural actions so they could vote on any final compromise early next week, but it wasn't clear whether work would be completed this weekend to do that.

Pilot Program For Online Legal Notices Floated By House

House Republicans are floating a measure that its author believes could help the General Assembly reach a compromise over an effort to let government and legal notices be posted on county websites, instead of using paid ads in newspapers.

The House Rules Committee voted Thursday for a proposal that would give Durham, Guilford, Forsyth and Buncombe counties the option to make their websites clearinghouses to publish or advertise notices like zoning proposals, contract bids and foreclosures.

Brexit Leader, McCrory Speaking At Conservative Conference

A British politician instrumental in scheduling a referendum that led to his country's anticipated exit from the European Union is among the featured speakers at an annual conference assembled by a North Carolina conservative think tank.

Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is slated to address the Conservative Leadership Conference beginning Friday at a Raleigh hotel and organized by the Civitas Institute.

Other scheduled speakers at the two-day event include U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows and Mark Walker, former Gov. Pat McCrory and the president of the anti-abortion political action group Susan B. Anthony List.

Bank Of America Laying Off Staff In Charlotte

Bank of America is cutting an unspecified number of positions in the Charlotte area.

A spokesman for the bank said Thursday that the jobs being cut are coming from Bank of America's technology and operations unit and that all the employees affected are being offered an opportunity to apply for other open positions.

Bank of America, the nation's third-largest bank by assets, is based in Charlotte, where it employees roughly 15,000 people. It declined to give exact figures about how many jobs were being cut.

Wreckage Of Civil War Ship To Be NC's 1st Heritage Dive site

North Carolina is opening its first heritage dive site, a Civil War blockade runner located off the coast at Fort Fisher.

The dive site in the Condor will open Friday and will provide the opportunity to explore what's described as one of the best-preserved shipwrecks on the North Carolina coast. The dedication will be held at the Fort Fisher Historic Site in Kure Beach.

The site will be open for divers from June through November.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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