Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
Homeland Security Chief, ICE Director Visit North Carolina
The Trump administration's leaders on immigration enforcement say several North Carolina sheriffs care more about politics than public safety by refusing to cooperate with federal agents looking for defendants believed to be in the country unlawfully.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence visited Raleigh on Monday. They met with state and local officials and lawmakers to talk about the dangers of refusing ICE detainers.
They also heard from individuals who say their family members were killed by people who were not supposed to be in the country.
State legislation approved by Republicans this summer but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper would have required sheriffs to recognize immigration detainers. Several Democratic sheriffs don't comply with those requests.
Two Triad Universities Will Raise Tuition
Greensboro’s two public universities plan to raise tuition for the 2020-2021 school year for the first time in three years.
The News and Record reports trustees at both UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T approved proposals to increase tuition by 3% for new in-state undergraduate students. That’s the maximum rate hike allowed by the UNC system office.
The rate changes aren’t final yet. The proposals are subject to a vote by the UNC Board of Governors.
Students Share Experiences At Town Hall For Teens On School Violence
Students and parents came together last week to talk about whether young people feel safe at school during a WFDD town hall focused on teen voices.
The evening at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem began with radio stories by student journalists. Topics included lockdown drills, sexual misconduct, in-school suspension, and what’s it’s like to be black in high school.
When moderator Gabriel Maisonnave asked the audience how many of them had experienced something described in the stories, almost everyone raised their hands.
Reynolds High School senior Zoe Brockenbrough thinks that there can be a disconnect between adults and students.
Other students shared their experiences during a recent lockdown. One attendee said the fact that there are only a few entrances to their school and many doors are locked makes them feel safer, but another student said this makes them feel trapped.
Reynolds Junior James Barnwell said he hopes administrators will offer more counseling services to help prevent future school violence.
Fresh Market To Stay In Greensboro
The Fresh Market has announced it will keep its headquarters in Greensboro. The News & Record reports a company expansion will include the addition of 53 high-paying jobs.
In the past week, Fresh Market has received $400,000 in local incentives from Greensboro, High Point, and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.
Governor Roy Cooper also announced the company has been awarded a $500,000 grant to keep its headquarters in Greensboro and consolidate two downtown offices.
With the addition of new jobs, the company will employ 301 people at its headquarters.
Poll: More Folks In NC Will Shop On Black Friday
People used to fighting the Black Friday crowds may find they’re facing slightly more competition for deals this year. A poll from High Point University suggests retailers will be busier.
The poll found that 38 percent of North Carolinians plan to hit the sales the day after Thanksgiving. That’s up about 20 percent compared to last year’s poll.
About a quarter of those shoppers say they’ll do all their shopping in person at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, while two-thirds say they do all or part of their shopping online.
More than 20 percent of the North Carolinians surveyed said they’d increase spending this year compared to last. On average, respondents said they planned to spend just under a thousand dollars for gifts, food, and decorations this season.
But all the shopping and spending doesn’t seem to be taking much of a mental toll. More than half of those polled said the holiday season doesn’t make them feel more stressed, and 10 percent said they find it less stressful.
Most Work To Be Halted Along Major NC Roads For Holiday
North Carolina's Department of Transportation is suspending most construction along major highways to ease congestion during the busy Thanksgiving week.
DOT said in a news release that most work along interstates, U.S. routes and key state routes will be shut down from Tuesday through the evening of Dec. 2. Exceptions include areas where it's unsafe to open all lanes, such as where a bridge is being replaced.
The busiest travel period will be Wednesday afternoon and evening. Road congestion also is expected Sunday, when many people will head home.
Meanwhile, the annual Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign will take place through Sunday. Law enforcement officers will be watching for speeding, drunken driving and seat belt violations in all 100 counties.