Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Governor: Irma Still A Threat
While North Carolina will avoid the brunt of what’s left of Irma, Governor Roy Cooper says that we’re not out of the woods yet, and the entire state could still feel the impact of the storm.
Governor Cooper said Monday that North Carolina could still experience heavy rain and strong winds from Irma. And Western North Carolina will likely see the worst, with the potential for localized flooding and scattered power outages.
The governor says people still need to pay attention to the forecast and be prepared.
North Carolina opened five shelters over the weekend, including a location in Greensboro, for evacuees who fled north.
North Carolina House Panel Revisiting Judicial Redistricting
North Carloina legislators are set to meet Tuesday to discuss overhauling the state's judicial system.
House Republicans are still interested in redrawing districts for North Carolina trial court judge and local prosecutor elections that supporters say would make boundaries more uniform but critics contend would swing some positions to the GOP.
A special House committee examining judicial districts will meet Tuesday in Raleigh, where the agenda is expected to include experts describing the evolution of the boundaries over the years. It's possible the full House could debate proposed maps when the General Assembly reconvenes in early October.
Judges Set North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering Trial Date
A trial on whether North Carolina Republican legislators used illegal, excessive partisanship last year in drawing congressional districts that favored the GOP is scheduled for next month.
A three-judge federal panel set the Oct. 16 trial date in Greensboro on Monday, a few days after the judges explained why they refused to delay the case until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Wisconsin litigation involving partisan gerrymandering.
Tuesday's Local Primary Elections On As Planned
Primary elections in North Carolina's largest city and two other communities will be held as scheduled Tuesday after state officials weighed whether changes due to Tropical Storm Irma were warranted.
The state elections board Monday announced their decision after checking with meteorologists. Charlotte holds primary elections for mayor and city council Tuesday, as does Cleveland County for its school board and Murphy for mayor.
3 Female Doctors Sue Hospital Network For Gender Pay Gap
Three female doctors say they were paid less than male counterparts on account of their gender in a federal lawsuit filed against Carolinas HealthCare System.
The Charlotte Observer reports the lawsuit filed Monday says a male coworker at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority was paid substantially more than the three female doctors for doing the same job. All four are hospital pediatricians. The lawsuit did not disclose salaries, but plaintiffs' attorney Chris Strianese says the women plan to resign this year because of the pay gap.
Carolinas HealthCare issued a statement calling the claims invalid.
UNC Performing Arts Receives Largest Art Donation With $12M
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received its largest single donation for the performing arts, with a $12-million endowment to the university's PlayMakers Repertory Company and Department of Dramatic Art.
The university announced the gift from Chapel Hill philanthropist Joan H. Gillings on Monday. The donation will be evenly split between PlayMakers and the department, and the Center for Dramatic Art will bear Gillings' name.
Gillings is the chair of the PlayMakers Advisory Council and says the donation was born out love for the Playmakers, rather than naming rights.