Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
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New Football Stadium Part of Winston-Salem State University's Master Plan
Winston Salem State University has announced a multi-million dollar expansion as part of its long-term vision for the school.
The WSSU’s Board of Trustees approved the 20-year master plan on Friday. The university says it will help support growing enrollment and student needs.
A big part of the project is new construction in what’s known as the emerging science district on campus where four academic buildings will be added.
Other improvements would include renovations to the library, a new student center and a 6,000 seat on-campus football stadium.
The projected price tag for the master plan is more than $550-million.
Budget Bill Is Law If House Votes To Complete Veto Override
Spending and policy adjustments made by Republicans to North Carolina's state budget next year appear headed to becoming law despite Gov. Roy Cooper's veto.
The House scheduled an override vote Tuesday on Cooper's veto of the nearly $24 billion plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. The Senate already completed its part of the override last week, the day after Cooper issued his veto. Republicans in both the House and the Senate have large enough majorities so that they can override any veto if they stay united.
Higher Bank Lending Fees Approved By North Carolina Senate
North Carolina-based banks could charge higher lending fees than currently permitted in legislation that passed one General Assembly chamber.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday night for loan origination and late fee increases originally sought by the state's banking industry.
The measure got bipartisan support after a floor amendment was approved to make potential increases not as steep on borrowers with loan principals under $1,500.
NAACP Threatens Lawsuits Over Charter School And Voter ID
North Carolina civil rights leaders say they are considering suing the state over a recently passed law that allows towns in Mecklenburg County to create their own charter schools.
NAACP leaders also said Monday they 're considering a lawsuit over a constitutional amendment proposed for November's ballot asking if voters should be required to show a picture ID.
State NAACP President T. Anthony Spearman says the organization will help other advocacy groups trying to keep Apple and Amazon from putting new campuses near Raleigh because of the proposals.
34 Arrested In 5th Week Of Protests In Raleigh
Authorities say 34 more protesters have been arrested at North Carolina's Legislative Building as part of demonstrations to help the poor.
The protesters want North Carolina to pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
The News and Observer reports some protesters went inside the Legislative Building. Police say 34 were arrested either during sit-ins at Republican House Speaker Tim Moore's office or for disputing meetings.
The protests were the fifth in the weekly Poor People's campaign. More than 100 people have been arrested during the demonstrations.
NC Agency May Ask Judge To Order Chemical Plant Changes
North Carolina's environmental agency says it plans to ask a judge to impose tougher conditions on operations at a chemical plant that has long emitted a little-understood industrial compound.
The state Department of Environmental Quality said it plans to go to court later this summer to force The Chemours Co. to stop GenX and related compounds from getting into the air and water near its Bladen County plant.