Morning News Briefs: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
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NC 'Bathroom Bill' Sponsor Wins GOP Redo Of Tainted Election
The Republican state senator who sponsored the so-called bathroom bill could end up representing North Carolina in Congress.
State Sen. Dan Bishop on Tuesday topped nine other GOP candidates seeking the 9th Congressional District nomination. He won almost half of the ballots cast in an election that drew less than 10% of eligible voters.
Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready on Sept. 10, as well as Libertarian and Green candidates.
Post-Florence Recovery Dollars Pour Into North Carolina
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded slightly more than $336 million to North Carolina in response to damage caused by Hurricane Florence last fall.
Gov. Roy Cooper says that the funding announced on Tuesday falls short of the state's needs and is calling for Congress to pass additional disaster relief legislation. Cooper says in a news release that "far more is needed to help North Carolinians rebuild their lives and communities."
Florence caused $22 billion in damages in North Carolina last September and was directly responsible for 15 deaths.
Craft Beer Sales Deal On Tap For North Carolina Senate Panel
A proposed agreement reached between North Carolina alcohol wholesalers and small breweries over who distributes their beer as they grow is on tap in a state Senate committee.
The state House already approved the measure sought by the state's largest microbreweries in the state, which don't like current limits on self-distributing their products. Now it's going before the Senate commerce committee on Wednesday.
Current law says once a brewery sells more than 25,000 barrels in a year, third-party distributors take over all sales, marketing and pricing. A compromise announced in March would double self-distribution to 50,000 barrels.
North Carolina Public Safety Secretary Gets $23K Raise
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's public safety chief received a $23,000 salary increase in April in part based on the secretary's growing workload. The raise frustrated some concerned about correctional officer pay and the Cabinet agency.
WRAL-TV reports Tuesday that Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks now earns over $179,000.
State human resources spokeswoman Jill Lucas says Hooks' increase reflects his "24/7" responsibilities, including work to improve prison safety and build out a new disaster recovery office.
Deadline Postponed For Dealing With UNC Confederate Statue
The board governing North Carolina's public universities has again pushed back its deadline for deciding what to do with a Confederate monument at its flagship campus.
The University of North Carolina system issued a news release Tuesday saying it would not be discussing the statue known as Silent Sam at its May 21 meeting as planned. May had been picked after a March deadline was pushed back.
No new deadline was given Tuesday. The next scheduled Board of Governors meeting is September.
North Carolina State Patrol Highlights Law For Cars To Move Over
North Carolina law officers are trying to spread the word that motorists are required to change lanes or slow down when they near stopped patrol cars flashing emergency lights.
The North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program holds an awareness event Wednesday at the Highway Patrol station in Smithfield. It's marking a day that memorializes law officers who died on duty nationwide. Many of them have been killed alongside state roads.