Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
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GOP Backtrack On Early-Voting Change Signed By Cooper
Gov. Roy Cooper has signed the only piece of legislation the North Carolina General Assembly had on his desk when it adjourned — one that restored early in-person voting on the Saturday before Election Day this year only.
Cooper said Monday he has signed the bill, which changed a previous measure the legislature passed despite the governor's veto.
The previous measure shifted starting and ending dates for the early-voting period so it would end the Friday before the election. Cooper and his allies said eliminating Saturday and making other changes would make it harder for people to vote.
Republicans decided in the latest bill to add Saturday voting, but just for 2018.
Forest, Troxler Visit Eastern North Carolina On Hog Suit Warning
Republican politicians are heading to an eastern North Carolina farm to talk about why they're worried litigation involving hog farms could harm the state's economy.
A top GOP legislator says Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and other lawmakers will attend a news conference Tuesday at a Duplin County farm to highlight the "unfairness" of recent and pending lawsuits.
Neighbors to farms producing hogs for Smithfield Foods have filed dozens of lawsuits complaining their odors and activities are a nuisance. Juries for two lawsuits already tried have returned multimillion-dollar verdicts against Smithfield.
North Carolina Site For National Outdoor Recreation Summit
Nearly a dozen states are represented at a western North Carolina gathering designed to focus how to make their regions attractive to outdoor recreation companies and enthusiasts.
Gov. Roy Cooper and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will participate in a panel discussion Tuesday at the "Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence" summit, which is going on through Wednesday in Asheville.
The meeting is the second such summit nationally and is being held to improve collaboration in supporting and expanding the outdoor recreation industry.
Restaurant Worker On Leave After Calling 911 On Black Family
A Georgia restaurant worker is on administrative leave after calling 911 to report an African-American family from Winston-Salem who had stopped there for dinner.
The Dobson family stopped at the Subway restaurant in Newnan, Georgia, one week ago after celebrating a grandmother's birthday.
The employee called 911 and told police the family looked suspicious and was afraid they were going to rob the store. In the call, the employee said there are "eight people in a van" who were going back forth to the bathroom and possibly putting soda in water cups.
WFMY-TV reports the worker has been placed on administrative leave. The franchise owner and the police officer responding to the call apologized to the family.
Purple Martins Reign For A Few Weeks On This NC Bridge
It's time once again to slow down for birds on one bridge along North Carolina's Outer Banks.
From mid-July through August, state transportation officials lower the speed limit at dawn and dusk along the William B. Umstead bridge over the Croatan Sound at Manns Harbor.
The 20-mph-speed limit goes into effect to protect the more than 100,000 purple martins that use the bridge as their home before their annual migration to Brazil. The birds roost under the west end of the bridge at night. They depart at dawn for feeding before returning at sunset.