Morning News Briefs: Monday, February 11th, 2019

Morning News Briefs: Monday, February 11th, 2019

6:28am Feb 11, 2019

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Congressman Walter Jones Jr. Of North Carolina Dies At 76

Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina died Sunday on his 76th birthday.

The congressman's office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. His health declining in recent months, Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018 and was sworn in for his last term back home.

Jones was one of the first Republicans to reverse direction on the war in Iraq, even as his North Carolina district included the sprawling Marine installation Camp Lejeune.

Jones, who had served in Congress since 1995, had already announced his 2018 campaign would be his last. His death means Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will schedule a special election to decide who will complete Jones' two-year term in the coastal 3rd Congressional District.

District Attorney O'Neill Makes Another AG Run In 2020

The chief prosecutor in Forsyth County is making another run for attorney general.

District Attorney Jim O'Neill announced Friday that he will seek the Republican nomination next year to become state government's top lawyer.

O'Neill has been Forsyth County's district attorney since 2009 and worked in the prosecutor's office for more than 20 years following work at a private law firm. He lost to Buck Newton in the 2016 GOP primary for attorney general.

ICE Agents In North Carolina Arrest Hundreds Of Immigrants

Federal officials in North Carolina say they arrested hundreds of immigrants in the U.S. illegally last week after some local law agencies stopped cooperating with immigration enforcement.

The Charlotte Observer reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional director Sean Gallagher said Friday the arrests resulted from what he termed "the dangerous policies of not cooperating with ICE." Gallagher said actions by local law enforcement forced his officers to conduct more enforcement.

Since December, new sheriffs in Mecklenburg and Wake counties have reversed a policy that notifies ICE about the legal status of inmates in county jails. The Durham County Sheriff's Office also ended the practice of honoring ICE detainers.

North Carolina Inmates Who Suffered Prison Violence Win Payouts

North Carolina taxpayers are paying three former inmates at one of the state's most dangerous prisons $62,000 after lawsuits claimed supervisors and the former warden wouldn't clamp down on murderous gangs.

They were among five inmates formerly held at Lanesboro Correctional Institution who sued after being stabbed by gang members who operated openly in a prison wing overseen by Jeffrey Wall. He was fired in 2013 and was specifically left out of the settlements finalized between December and Friday.

Wall's attorney says he's negotiated personal settlements with the inmates. 

Conditions inside the prison about 45 miles east of Charlotte were brutal for so long state officials are moving out all the men and converting Lanesboro into a women's prison.

Scores Attend Annual "Moral March" In North Carolina

Scores of people attended an annual civil rights rally in North Carolina's capital city.

WRAL reports that Saturday's march focused on raising awareness about racial and social justice.

The 13th annual "Moral March on Raleigh" was led by the state NAACP chapter. The rally has gained momentum over the years through former chapter president the Rev. William Barber. He is now a top leader in the national Poor People's Campaign.

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