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NCAA Wants HB2 'Resolved' Within 48 Hours; Harding High Briefly Placed On Lockdown

According to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the NCAA's new deadline for North Carolina to address House Bill 2 is now 48 hours away.

Scott Dupree, executive director of the sports alliance, issued a statement shortly before noon Tuesday, saying he had confirmed with "a contact very close to the NCAA" that the organization wanted HB2 addressed within the next two days.

"If HB2 has not been resolved by that time, the NCAA will have no choice but to move forward without the North Carolina bids," the statement read, "The NCAA has already delayed the bid review process once and has waited as long as it possibly can, and now it must finalize all championship site selections through spring of 2022."

Last Thursday, the NCAA issued a statement that said it had not changed its position since last year, when it pulled championship events from North Carolina "because of of the cumulative impact HB2 had on local communities' ability to assure a safe, healthy, discrimination free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events."

Harding High School Placed On Lockdown

CMS officials say Harding High School was briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon. Officials say it was triggered by nearby police activity. The school went on lockdown at noon. Officials say it was lifted about 15 minutes later.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have not said what the police activity was in relation to.

NC Lawmakers Seeks Resignation Over Notary Public Commissions

A North Carolina legislator is demanding that Secretary of State Elaine Marshall resign, saying she issued more than 320 notary public commissions over nine years to people who have no legal residency in the U.S.

Pender County Republican Rep. Chris Mills made the demand in a statement on Tuesday. He said Marshall's office issued commissions to people holding DACA cards.

Mills said if Marshall doesn't resign, he will initiate legislative action, including impeachment. Neither Marshall nor her office immediately responded to calls seeking comment.

Court Date Set For Long-Time Senator Accused Of Misconduct

Veteran South Carolina Sen. John Courson is scheduled to appear in court on accusations he used campaign donations for personal expenses.

Prosecutor David Pascoe says a bond hearing for the 72-year-old senator is scheduled Wednesday afternoon at the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia. The state grand jury indicted the Columbia Republican earlier this month on three ethics charges.

Courson has said the charges are false, and his attorney has said Courson is eager to get them in front of a jury. Until the case is resolved, Courson is suspended from the seat he's held for 33 years.

All three charges are tied to Courson's payments to veteran GOP strategist Richard Quinn, who has not been charged.