Morning News Briefs: Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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Despite Budget Impasse, House Unanimously OKs Stopgap Plan
Debate over a narrow spending package to help North Carolina government operate in the new fiscal year turned into finger-pointing over a broader budget impasse.
The House unanimously approved on Wednesday what Republican budget-writers call a "stopgap" spending bill and sent it to the Senate.
There's been no danger of a government shutdown since the fiscal year began July 1 even as Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a two-year budget written by Republican legislators. But Wednesday's measure provides money for items like public school enrollment growth, anticipated juvenile justice case increases and tax collection improvements.
Tougher Penalty For Some 'Move-Over' Violations Finalized
The General Assembly is increasing the criminal penalty for motorists who violate North Carolina's "move-over" law and a first responder dies or is seriously injured.
The Senate agreed on Wednesday to House changes to the bill, which responds to the December death of a Lumberton officer that occurred when authorities say a passing car struck him during an investigation.
The move-over law requires motorists to change lanes or otherwise slow down when they approach police cruisers with flashing emergency lights. The bill heading to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk would create a more severe felony when serious injury or death occurs, with possible prison time for someone with an otherwise clean record.
Dem In NC US House Race Redo: $1.74M Raised Last Quarter
The North Carolina Democrat in a special U.S. House election forced by a ballot-collection scandal reports raising $1.74 million in the three months ending in June.
The quarterly fundraising total means Dan McCready's campaign has nearly $1.8 million to spend for September's special election.
The April through June period included a Republican primary in which state Sen. Dan Bishop finished atop nine other GOP candidates in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.
Bishop's campaign didn't respond to a request for similar fundraising figures.
NCAA Charges NC State With 4 Men's Hoops Violations
The NCAA has charged North Carolina State with four violations, accusing a former assistant coach of providing payments and benefits connected to the recruitment of one-and-done basketball player Dennis Smith Jr.
The notice includes four serious charges, with two that are potential top-level charges. The NCAA alleges that former assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible inducements and benefits — including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith's family.
The NCAA also said former coach Mark Gottfried, now coaching at Cal State Northridge, was "presumed responsible" and "did not demonstrate" that he monitored Early for compliance.
'Miracle On The Hudson' Plane Going Into Storage Until 2022
The passenger jet that survived a bird strike and crash landing in the Hudson River in New York 10 years ago is going into storage while the museum where it's currently displayed seeks a new home.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Carolinas Aviation Museum holds the 'Miracle on the Hudson' plane in a 40,000-square-foot hangar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but the museum is closing temporarily, starting Sunday.