Morning News Briefs: Thursday, January 10th, 2018
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Owner Of Property Where Confederate Statue Sits Asks For Its Removal
The owner of a former courthouse building in Winston-Salem where a Confederate statue sits is asking for its removal. This is in line with the wishes of the city.
The letter from attorneys representing Winston Courthouse LLC is addressed to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the group that owns the Confederate monument.
The property owner says it’s not taking any political position. Their concern is tenant safety. The property includes residential apartments.
Mayor Allen Joines says it’s the right move ahead of planned events around the monument this weekend. City officials want to move the statue, which has been vandalized twice, to historic Salem Cemetery.
Greensboro Co-op Will Close
A community-owned grocery store in Greensboro is closing its doors. Renaissance Community Co-op will shut down on January 25th.
The news was announced in a letter Wednesday from the co-op’s board to its 1,300 members. In it, the board says that the store is not making enough money from sales to cover expenses.
Renaissance opened in 2016 with help from partners like the City of Greensboro and the Fund for Democratic Communities in order to address a food desert in Northeast Greensboro.
Ethics Complaint Filed Against North Carolina Speaker Dismissed
An ethics complaint filed against North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore involving his business interests and interactions with state environmental regulators has been dismissed.
Moore released Wednesday last month's dismissal from the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
The head of the nonprofit Washington-based Campaign for Accountability filed the complaint last March. Daniel Stevens accused Moore of working to delay penalties against his company involving underground fuel tanks at an old poultry plant site the company was trying to sell, contributing to monetary gain.
The dismissal says board staff found relatively quick action by Moore's company to address environmental problems, combined with the company's failure to file a document, caused miscommunication over whether a delay was appropriate.
Hunt Leaving To Others To Decide On Ballot Probe
A new North Carolina House member says it's up to election officials to decide whether more investigation is needed of mail-in absentee ballots cast in her close legislative race last fall.
Democratic Rep. Rachel Hunt of Mecklenburg County was seated Wednesday with the other legislators who won in November. A conservative Christian group late Tuesday had asked the chamber and Speaker Tim Moore to prevent her from taking her seat after providing documentation about what it called ballot "irregularities" in the 103rd House District. Hunt defeated incumbent Republican Bill Brawley by just 68 votes.
GOP Rep. David Lewis said Hunt was seated because she was duly certified as the winner by the state elections board and secretary of state. Lewis said there are procedures to remove a member if investigations later show the election was significantly tainted.
Cooper Leading Appalachian Regional Commission In 2019
Gov. Roy Cooper is the next co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, a partnership between the federal government and 13 states designed to help the region's economy.
Cooper's elevation during 2019 — announced Wednesday — marks the first time in more than 40 years that North Carolina's governor has held the co-chair's role. The commission is an economic development agency that focuses on over 400 counties from Mississippi to New York, of which almost 30 are in North Carolina.
Cooper's leadership position means the commission will hold its annual summit in Asheville in September.
Woman Dies From Injuries Suffered In Crash With School Bus
Authorities say a North Carolina woman has died after she was injured in a wreck involving a school bus.
High Point police say 29-year-old Shena J. Montgomery of Clarkton died in a Winston-Salem hospital Tuesday night. Investigators said she was a passenger in a car whose driver, 29-year-old Richard Wall, ran a stop sign and was hit on the passenger side by a Guilford County Schools bus.
Police said the car and the bus crashed into a home. Wall was ejected from the car and is hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.
Authorities filed multiple charges against Wall, including driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license. His status couldn't be determined Wednesday.