Morning News Briefs: Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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Voter ID Measure Heading To North Carolina House Floor
Legislation designed to carry out a new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is closing in on another key General Assembly vote.
The House scheduled floor debate Wednesday for the measure, which describes the types of ID cards that would qualify, along with a host of exceptions. The Senate approved a somewhat narrower version last week.
A final bill will go to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who is a voter ID opponent.
Letter Warned North Carolina Absentee Voters
North Carolina election officials apparently were worried about people unlawfully taking mail-in absentee ballots from residents of one county and filling them out this fall.
The state elections board released some documents Tuesday related to its investigation of alleged absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County, which includes part of the 9th Congressional District.
The board sent letters in late October and early November warning people who had requested absentee ballots that only the voter or a near relative can mail a completed ballot or take it to the county elections board.
In affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party, voters described a woman coming to their homes to collect absentee ballots, whether or not they had been completed properly. State law bars this kind of "harvesting" of absentee ballots.
6 Students Arrested In Fight At Winston-Salem High School
Six students who got into a fight at a Winston-Salem school have been arrested, and one has been charged with assault on a government official.
Winston-Salem police say a Parkland High School resource officer called additional law enforcement to get the students under control during the Tuesday fight. Police say pepper spray was used and directly affected three students, who didn't need medical attention.
It's unclear what prompted the fight.
Graduate Student Arrested At North Carolina Statue Protest
A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student at the forefront of protests over a Confederate statue on campus has been arrested again.
Authorities say 26-year-old Maya Little is charged with inciting a riot and assaulting an officer during a rally Monday night.
UNC police said Little turned herself in Tuesday at the Orange County Courthouse. In April, Little defaced the monument with her own blood and red ink. She was found guilty of a misdemeanor but wasn't punished.
Several hundred people attended the rally and march to the base of the boarded-up pedestal where the statue nicknamed Silent Sam stood before protesters toppled it in August.
The rally followed word that UNC proposed to build a new $5.3 million history and education center to house the statue.
Man Seeks New Trial In Death Of Michael Jordan's Father
A man convicted in the killing of Michael Jordan's father more than 25 years ago is continuing his decades-long attempt to prove he wasn't involved in the murder.
A North Carolina judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in the case of Daniel Green. He's identified as the triggerman in James Jordan's 1993 death. The judge will decide whether the arguments warrant an evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial for Green.
In an interview from prison, 44-year-old Green says he didn't kill Jordan but helped friend Larry Demery dispose of the body.
James Jordan was killed July 23, 1993. His body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp.
'Walking Dead' Actor To Adopt Bonded Donkey, Emu
A North Carolina animal rescue group says that thanks to "The Walking Dead" actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a donkey and an emu who've bonded with each other can stay together.
The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Founder Jennifer Gordon says Morgan is adopting them Tuesday. Morgan plays the villainous Negan on the TV zombie thriller.
Jack and Diane were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina, when their owner vanished. Gordon says they cuddle and sleep together, but cried and became frantic when they were separated.