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NC victory ‘pivotal’ for Donald Trump’s campaign, senator says

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- North Carolina is among the “target states” for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Georgia Sen. David Perdue said after urging the state’s Republican National Convention delegation to unify behind the nominee.

North Carolina’s delegates heard from two members of Congress Monday morning who urged them to unify behind presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Both Perdue and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa of California are surrogates for the campaign who spoke during a breakfast meeting at the delegation’s hotel in a Cleveland suburb.

“North Carolina is going to be a pivotal state,” Perdue said, comparing it to Georgia.

What’s his message to the Republicans – including some N.C. delegates – who aren’t supporting Trump?

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article90269107.html

McCrory signs change to HB2 restoring state discrimination lawsuits

RALEIGH -- Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law legislation restoring employees’ right to claim in state court that they were fired for discriminatory reasons. Lawmakers say they unintentionally blocked that recourse when they passed a law in March precluding broad LGBT protections.

“Today, we have restored the right to sue for discrimination in state courts, which I requested before this year’s legislative session began,” McCrory said in a statement his office released. “…The issue of gender identity and expression in regards to access to bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities is a national issue that will be settled in the courts, in response to North Carolina and 21 other states challenging the federal overreach by the Obama administration.”

The modification restores the right to file discrimination lawsuits in state court — within one year of the alleged offense, which is shorter than the previous three-year limit but twice as long as the limit in federal court. Senate leader Phil Berger’s office said at the time the bill was passed – on the final night of this year’s session – that the one-year limit is similar to other statutes of limitation on state court claims.

The legislature and governor left intact the most controversial provisions of House Bill 2, including preventing cities and counties from imposing LGBT protections broader than state law. HB2 also requires transgender people in government facilities to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates rather than the gender they identify with.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article90342262.html

Protesters oppose Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

RALEIGH -- The chief executives of Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas defended their merger Monday under questioning by advocates who hope to derail it.

An attorney for NC WARN, a Durham nonprofit, and two other advocacy groups questioned the CEOs on risks to customers of the electric and gas utilities at a hearing before the N.C. Utilities Commission.

The groups oppose the $4.9 billion deal because natural gas is a fossil fuel tied to climate change and the greenhouse gas methane is released in drilling shale formations for it. They also say gas supplies, currently estimated to be large enough to supply the U.S. for a century, may be overstated.

Duke’s attorneys repeatedly objected, arguing those questions aren’t relevant to the Duke-Piedmont acquisition.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article90310232.html

Abbott: Targeted Killing of Police Should Be a Hate Crime

Gov. Greg Abbott wants the targeted killing of a police officer to be deemed a hate crime in Texas and urged lawmakers to send him such a bill to sign during next year's legislative session.

Abbott announced Monday his plan to lobby for adding his Police Protection Act to Texas law. Along with extending hate crime protections to law enforcement, the measure would also increase criminal penalties for any crimes in which the victim is a law enforcement officer and "create a culture of respect for law enforcement by organizing a campaign to educate young Texans on the value law enforcement officers bring to their communities," according to a statement from Abbott's office.

Abbott's proposal follows weeks of targeted killings of police officers and growing tension over disproportionate encounters between black Americans and law enforcement. In the most recent event, Gavin Long, 29, of Missouri fatally shot three police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, according to Louisiana officials.

On July 7, Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, opened fire on officers in downtown Dallas, where protestors had assembled to protest the recent deaths of two black men by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/18/abbott-wants-killing-police-officer-become-hate-cr/

Rick Perry Says He's Open to Serving in Trump Administration

CLEVELAND — Former Gov. Rick Perry says he is open to serving in the administration of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, his former rival in the race for the White House.

"They know that I will come and help if the role is something I'm passionate about, that I'm knowledgeable about," Perry told reporters Monday morning after addressing Texas delegates here at the Republican National Convention.

Perry, an Air Force veteran, went on to acknowledge that he is "pretty limited" in the expertise he believes he could lend.

"The place that I'm passionate about is our veterans and our military, so somewhere in that area is where I would be" helpful, he said.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/18/perry-open-serving-trump-administration/

Man caught in sting trying to join IS gets 8.5 years

ALEXANDRIA—As a kid, he went by the name “Jersey Joe,” identifying more with mob movies and culture than his father’s Iranian heritage. As a young adult, he abused drugs but still was not particularly religious.

Then came a sudden and steep radicalization that led “Jersey Joe” Farrokh to try to join the Islamic State as a soldier in Syria. On Friday, Farrokh, 29, of Woodbridge, was sentenced to 8 ˝ years in prison for attempting to support a terrorist group.

Farrokh was arrested in January at the Richmond airport, where he intended to begin a trip to Jordan and eventually Syria. He bought his tickets out of Richmond because he believed his travel plans would face less scrutiny at a smaller airport.

He had discussed his plans with people he thought were Islamic State facilitators but who were actually informants on a government sting operation.

Read more: http://www.fredericksburg.com/ap/national/man-caught-in-sting-trying-to-join-is-gets-years/article_fb4d7644-458c-541e-86c7-bf84d62f4353.html

Virginia Tech eyeing pharmaceutical giants for Roanoke ‘innovation district’

BLACKBURG — Virginia Tech is talking to large pharmaceutical firms about cooperating with the university on research projects and opening offices inside Roanoke’s new health care innovation district.

Michael Friedlander, founder of Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and a driving force behind the city’s growing health care industry, said that sort of partnership is only a concept, but affirmed that conversations are underway.

City Manager Chris Morrill said Roanoke currently doesn’t have a major pharmaceutical company. Landing one would be the kind of payoff that city and university officials promised when they unveiled grand plans for a new health care hub in March.

“That would be huge,” Morrill said. “It moves us closer to being that health science center on the east coast that we want to be.”

Read more: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_da41d266-2d38-52cb-95f2-f71419d4af1c.html

WV law protects consumers from unknowingly buying flood-damaged cars

With potential for vehicles damaged in the June floods to show up on the market, West Virginia consumers can take solace in knowing state law requires auto dealers to provide warranties on vehicle sales, and prohibits selling vehicles that have been submerged without a salvaged title.

However, as Charleston public interest lawyer Dave McMahon noted, that would have been very different had the Legislature passed legislation allowing automobile dealers to sell vehicles “as is.”

“With current law, if you buy a vehicle and it ends up having problems because of it, you get your money back,” he said of flood-damaged vehicles. “With ‘as is,’ you’re stuck with it, unless you specifically asked, ‘Was it in the flood?’ and the dealer lied to you.”

McMahon said “as is” legislation — which would give auto dealers the option to sell older, higher mileage cars without any warranty or consumer protection — is a perennial at the Legislature.

- See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-politics/20160717/wv-law-protects-consumers-from-unknowingly-buying-flood-damaged-cars#sthash.17Em5v1e.dpuf

Lawsuit: Clinic fired woman because of husband’s race

A Hurricane woman alleges she was wrongfully terminated from Charleston’s FamilyCare Health Center because her husband is a black man, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Putnam County Circuit Court.

Tara Drew, a medical assistant for WomenCare Inc, doing business as FamilyCare Health Center on Pennsylvania Avenue, had been employed by the center since Dec. 2, 2013, the complaint said. Drew, a white woman, married a black man and the two have one child together, according to the complaint.

On Feb. 25, Drew went to the cafeteria inside nearby Charleston Area Medical Center Women and Children’s to purchase breakfast, the complaint said.

Drew stepped in line to purchase her $1.60 breakfast consisting of tater tots and French toast, but a man stepped in front of her to purchase her breakfast for her, according to the complaint. Drew protested against the man buying her breakfast, but he had already purchased it, the complaint said.

- See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-cops-and-courts/20160717/lawsuit-clinic-fired-woman-because-of-husbands-race#sthash.891jc7yw.dpuf

United suspends W.Va. delegate after call for Clinton to be executed

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail

Delegate Michael Folk, a Berekeley County Republican and commercial pilot who called for the public execution of Hillary Clinton has been suspended by his employer, pending an investigation.

“This pilot has been removed from flying pending our investigation,” United Airlines wrote on its Twitter account Sunday evening. “We are appalled by his threatening comments.”

On Friday afternoon Folk wrote on his Twitter account that Clinton “should be tried for treason, murder, and crimes against the US Constitution... then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC.”

United had previously written that it was looking into Folk’s statement and that it was “appalled by comments advocating harm to anyone.”

Read more: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160718/united-suspends-wva-delegate-after-call-for-clinton-to-be-executed
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