Headline Roundup: NC Community College Shooter Claims To Be Neo-Nazi; More
The man charged with killing a print shop employee at an eastern North Carolina community college says he's a neo-Nazi who hates gay people.
Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told WRAL-TV that he killed Ron Lane earlier this week because Lane made sexual advances to Stancil's 16-year-old brother on Facebook.
Stancil said in the phone interview from a Daytona Beach, Florida jail that he doesn't regret what he did. He said he expects to go to prison for the rest of his life and isn't bothered by that.
NC Government Employee Injured Monday Has Died
The North Carolina government employee who was injured when equipment fell on him outside the state archives building in downtown Raleigh earlier this week has died. The Department of Administration says 63-year-old Robert Rue of Willow Springs died Tuesday night at a Raleigh hospital. The Department says Rue, an electrician with facilities management, was setting up a scissor lift Monday morning when it fell on him.
SC Senate Subcommittee Advances Bill Requiring Police Body Cameras
A South Carolina Senate subcommittee has advanced a bill requiring all police officers in the state to wear body cameras. The measure has additional urgency following the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a North Charleston police officer. That officer is charged with murder.
The bill would require local agencies to develop and submit their own body camera policies to a state panel within six months. The full Senate Judiciary Committee will consider it next week. The South Carolina House would also have to pass it.
Hornets End Season With A Loss
The Charlotte Hornets closed out their season last night with a loss in Toronto, 87 to 92. The Hornets were 22 and 49 this season, or eleventh in the Eastern Conference which means Charlotte will not be in the NBA playoffs.
NC House Bill Proposes Restricted Driver's Permits For Those Illegally In Country
A bill in the North Carolina House would give restricted driver’s permits to state residents who are in the U.S. illegally. A judiciary panel yesterday advanced the measure. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Harry Warren of Salisbury, says it would provide more data to police about more people who already are driving. Applicants would undergo criminal background checks and provide fingerprints. Illegal immigration watchdog groups say the permits would only encourage more people who are living in the country illegally to come to North Carolina.
SC House Signs Off On Bill To Generate $400 Million For Road And Bridge Work
The South Carolina House yesterday signed off on a bill that would generate more than $400 million more for road and bridge work each year. The bill would have drivers pay the equivalent of 10 cents more per gallon for gas. It offsets that increase by giving most taxpayers about $50 in savings on their personal income taxes.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has said it needs an additional $1.5 billion every year for the next two decades to bring the state’s roads to good condition. Governor Nikki Haley has threatened to veto the bill because she says the tax cut is too small. The measure now goes to the state Senate.
Kinston Doctor Indicted By Federal Grand Jury On Drug Charges
A federal grand jury in eastern North Carolina has indicted a doctor accused of illegally distributing prescription drugs. The state bureau of investigation says 59 year old Douglas Watford, who practices in Kinston, faces six counts of distribution of hydrocodone and Xanax.
Vrankovic Committs To Duke Basketball Team
Duke says high-school senior Antonio Vrankovic has committed to the school’s basketball team. Vrankovic is a 6 foot 11 center from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His father played in the NBA for five seasons. The news comes a day after a third Duke player announced he would enter the NBA draft this year. The Blue Devils are the reigning NCAA men’s basketball champions.
Duke Energy Solar Farm At Camp Lejeune Approved
North Carolina utility regulators have approved Duke Energy’s plans to build a solar farm at Camp Lejeune. The company said today the 13 megawatt, 80 acre project is expected to go online later this year. The Navy has committed to generate at least half of its on-shore energy from alternative sources by 2020.
NC House Considering Ending Map Act
The full North Carolina House is set to consider legislation that would do away with the state’s map act. That law, passed in 1987, prevents landowners from making improvements to their property if the state plans to build a road on it.
The measure that would repeal the law cleared the House finance committee this morning. The bill’s sponsors say the state Department of Transportation has used the Map Act to keep property owners in limbo for years, leading to lower property values when the state finally buys the land.
New Look For SC Tags
South Carolina is changing its license plates. The State newspaper in Columbia reports the Department of Motor Vehicles is starting to issue plates that do away with the sunrise and palmetto tree design. The DMV says the new plates have black numbers and letters on a white background. They’ll be rolled out over the next six years.
NC Community College System To Leave
The head of North Carolina’s community college system is leaving. Scott Ralls said today he’s accepted a job as president of Northern Virginia Community College, the country’s second-largest community college. He’s led North Carolina’s 58 campus community college system since 2008. Ralls starts the new job in September.