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Blacks see Fayetteville city logo as racist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Black leaders in Fayetteville are calling for the removal of the image of the Market House building from the city seal, saying it is a symbol of slavery.

Local media outlets report that a past president of the Fayetteville Area Minority Lawyers Association, Allen Rogers, has written the mayor and city council asking the seal be changed. The president of the local NAACP agrees.

Slave sales were conducted in Fayetteville near the Market House, although there is little evidence the building itself was used.

In the 1990s, Fayetteville police took the Market House image off cruisers and police patches. The fire department removed it from their uniforms.

Mayor Nat Robertson says he will comment if the matter comes before city council.


Testimony continues on second day of NC election law trial

(Information in the following story is from: Winston-Salem Journal,

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A witness testified that his attempt to vote in the 2014 elections in North Carolina was prevented by changes in the law authored by Republican legislators.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports 20-year-old William Alexander Kittrell testified Tuesday that he tried to cast an early ballot in Greensboro that year but was told by election officials that his registration wasn't in the system.

Before the new law was passed, Kittrell would have been able to register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting. But the new election law eliminated same-day voter registration.

The trial in Winston-Salem, which started Monday, stems from three federal lawsuits filed over provisions that scaled back early voting and prevented the counting of Election Day ballots cast in an incorrect precinct.


Wilmington police seek picture of 1980 homicide victim

(Information in the following story is from: The StarNews,

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in Wilmington are asking the public's help in solving a 35-year-old cold case.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that police would like to find a picture of 75-year-old Eliza Fisher Spencer who was killed in her home in 1980.

Detectives have pictures from the crime scene, but no picture of Spencer before she was killed. Detectives are not saying exactly how Spencer died except that it was brutal.

Detective Lee Odham has been working on the case since 2006 between other investigations. Odham says he wants to find a photo of Spencer for her legacy as well as the investigation. He's bothered no picture seems to exist.

Police recently filmed a video of the crime scene in hopes it will jog someone's memory.


Bilingual job fair planned in Charlotte

(Information in the following story is from: The Charlotte Observer,

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A job fair is planned in Charlotte later this week with companies seeking people only who speak more than one language.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the Bilingual Customer Service Career Fair is set Friday at the Latin American Coalition.

Companies taking part in the job fair include Verizon, Chipotle, Goodwill and the Charlotte Hornets.

Coalition officials say there is an increased demand for people who speak more than one language, especially for those who speak English and Spanish.

Recent U.S. Census Bureau information shows that the Hispanic population in Mecklenburg County increased nearly 15 percent between 2010 and 2014.

Hispanics now constitute nearly 13 percent of Mecklenburg County's population.

Charlotte leaders began looking for ways to maximize the immigrant population in 2013, creating the Immigrant Integration Task Force.


NC town board supports museum's 'Confederate' marker removal

(Information in the following story is from: The News & Observer,

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — The Hillsborough Town Board has voted to support removing the words "Confederate Memorial" from above the front door of the Orange County Historical Museum.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Monday's decision goes to the Historic District Commission, which must approve any changes to property in the town's historic district.

The board plans to post a sign telling visitors about the building's history, which Mayor Tom Stevens says could take several months.

The building's 1934 original marker read "Confederate Memorial Library." Museum executive director Candace Midgett says the word "library" was removed when the museum moved into the building in 1983.

Midgett says town leaders were asked in May about removing the words "Confederate Memorial" so the museum could add its own name and history.


Blasting along Interstate 40 rescheduled after weather

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A forecast of stormy weather has led the N.C. Department of Transportation to reschedule blasting along Interstate 40 in Haywood County.

NCDOT rescheduled the first day of blasting for Wednesday. It had been scheduled for Tuesday.

The interstate will be blocked for one 30-minute period between sunrise and 10 a.m. When it's time for detonation, eastbound drivers will encounter a rolling roadblock at Tennessee exit 447. Westbound drivers will be slowed at exit 20 near Maggie Valley. Law enforcement cars and contractor vehicles will lead travelers toward the blast site. When the "all clear" is sounded, drivers can move through the blasting area.

Workers are stabilizing the mountainside near exit 7 and removing loose boulders to reduce the risk of rockslides. The project is scheduled for completion in October.


2.300 Marines, sailors to return to NC base from deployment

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — The 2,300 Marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled to return from its 2015 deployment over three days this week.

The unit is set to return Wednesday through Friday to Camp Lejeune (luh-JERN').

The Marines and sailors were embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and supported operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, including Yemen. They also took part in numerous theater security cooperation and other training exercises with other countries including France, Jordan, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Greece, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.


NC elections board set to discuss sweepstakes donor probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. State Board of Elections is set to receive the results of the agency's long-running investigation into $235,000 in questionable donations to the campaigns of top state officials from an Oklahoma Internet sweepstakes magnate.

The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Raleigh, when state elections director Kim Strach will report on the findings of the investigation into Chase Burns. The out-of-state sweepstakes operator and his wife were among the top donors to North Carolina candidates in 2012, as the industry was lobbying lawmakers to overturn the state's ban on the games.

Court records show the account used to issue the checks received proceeds from Burns' sweepstakes company. Advocacy group Democracy North Carolina filed a complaint in 2013 alleging Burns violated state laws against using corporate money for donations.


Changes to treat epilepsy using hemp extract go to McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Legislature has removed some obstacles from a 2014 law designed for children with severe epilepsy to ingest an extract from a marijuana plant to treat their disease.

The House agreed overwhelmingly Tuesday for Senate changes to a bill adjusting last year's law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory. He'll be asked to sign this bill, too.

The new legislation removes requirements that a hemp oil mixture could only be dispensed for patients participating in pilot studies, which haven't materialized. The oil concentration also could be stronger.

The patient's caregiver still would have to register with the state and have a neurologist from any North Carolina hospital recommend the alternative treatment.

The bill also automatically repeals extract use in 2021, when lawmakers hope researchers will know better its efficacy.


Organizers moving Moogfest from Asheville to Durham

(Information in the following story is from: WRAL-TV,

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The multi-day music and art festival known as Moogfest will relocate to Durham in 2016.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports festival organizers and city leaders said Tuesday that the festival will be held May 19-22. It's been held for the past few years in Asheville.

The festival started about a decade ago in New York as a tribute to synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog. It moved to Asheville in 2010.

Headliners have included The Flaming Lips, Moby and TV on the Radio.

The festival also includes a conference for technology professionals.

Durham Mayor Bill Bell says Moogfest fits well into the city's history of arts and entrepreneurship.