Morning News Briefs: Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Barber Banned From Legislative Building After Protest Arrest
One of North Carolina's most prominent civil rights leaders has been banned from entering the state Legislative Building after he was arrested at a protest there last month.
A magistrate ordered state NAACP leader the Rev. William Barber and 31 others arrested during a sit-in over health care on May 30 to stay away from the building as part of their bond on second-degree trespassing charges.
General Assembly Police Chief Martin Brock told The News & Observer of Raleigh he didn't ask for the ban, but will likely request it for future protesters who are arrested.
Cooper Scrutinizing Bill Authorizing Landfill Water Spray
Legislation telling North Carolina regulators to authorize spraying liquid collected under landfills into the air over a small area will get a close look from Gov. Roy Cooper.
The General Assembly gave final approval last week to a measure directing the state Department of Environmental Quality to approve as acceptable what's called "aerosolization" for unclean wastewater collected within lined landfills. Regulatory approval is optional for unlined landfills.
Supporters of the concept say contaminants will fall back in the ground while the water evaporates. Critics are worried about the safety of spraying what one senator called "garbage juice" during debate.
States Test Worksite Charter Schools For Company Kids
A rarely applied experiment in education enabling companies to host taxpayer-funded charter schools for their employees' children may be about to spread.
Florida is the only state bringing business-backed charter schools to work sites so far. Louisiana and Connecticut laws also encourage these charters.
And now North Carolina lawmakers are weighing a law copied from Louisiana's.
Columbia University's Samuel Abrams says workplace charter schools have been slow to catch on because commuting with children to and from the office hasn't been appealing. But the expert in privatization in education says cash-strapped state governments are happy for corporate financial help outfitting schoolhouses.
Police: 2 Killings In 6 Hours In Greensboro Not Related
Police say two fatal shootings less than six hours apart in Greensboro are not related.
The first shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday near downtown.
Police said in a news release that 34-year-old Dexter Brown was shot and killed after an argument.
Authorities say 31-year-old Willie Davis turned himself in after police obtained an arrest warrant for murder.
Police say a second man was killed about 9 miles away around 7:20 a.m. Saturday. No suspect has been arrested in the killing of 25-year-old Richard Shearing Jr.
Ruling On Police Shooting That Led To Riots To Be Appealed
The family of a man whose fatal shooting by police prompted riots in North Carolina plans to appeal to a review panel a decision the officer followed proper procedure in the shooting.
The Charlotte Citizens Review Board is meeting June 27 to hear the appeal by Keith Scott's family. Scott was killed Sept. 20, leading to two days of unrest that ended with one death, dozens of arrests and millions of dollars of damage.
1 Struggles To Survive As More Caught In NC Rip Currents
Two young men are struggling to recover after nearly drowning in an ocean rip current off the North Carolina coast.
The 19- and 21-year-olds from Greenville were rescued from the ocean in Atlantic Beach on Sunday morning. The 21-year-old was reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital.
Their rescue comes a day after a 56-year-old man drowned while trying to save two teenage girls from a rip current, also on Atlantic Beach. A 17-year-old from Goldsboro died June 10 after getting caught in a rip current about 10 miles down the Bogue Banks in Emerald Isle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.