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Police shooting death of black car crash victim could test North Carolina’s ‘stand your ground’ law

A North Carolina homicide case could test the state’s “stand your ground” law. A Charlotte police officer was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell after the former college football player was involved in a serious single-car crash last month. Ferrell had crashed into a…

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina’s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country. Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to…

Holder: Restrictive North Carolina voting law ‘an intentional attempt to break a system that was working’

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department will be filing suit against the State of North Carolina for its highly restrictive new voting regulations. These regulations have been harshly criticized by many in North Carolina. “It is an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the result of…

North Carolina Republicans overrule governor to vote in favor of welfare drug testing

The North Carolina state Senate voted Wednesday to overrule Gov. Pat McCreary’s veto against testing applicants for public assistance for drugs and implement the policy anyway. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC), the state House voted Tuesday to move forward with the tests, which will…

Angry crowd boos North Carolina lawmakers over voting restrictions

North Carolina state lawmakers who voted to restrict voting rights faced an angry crowd in Charlotte on Wednesday. At a Central Piedmont Community College Mecklenburg Legislators Forum sponsored by the Charlotte Observer, PNC Bank and WTVI, the four republicans on the panel reportedly “often found themselves on the defensive before…

North Carolina man accused of killing and dismembering wheelchair-bound roommate

A 33-year-old North Carolina man faces a first-degree charge for allegedly killing his wheelchair-bound roommate, then using a hacksaw to dismember his body. WSOC-TV reported on Tuesday that Brian Hord was arrested at the apartment he shared with 70-year-old Richard Gentry in Gastonia, North Carolina, late Tuesday night. Authorities were…

92-year-old black woman sues just hours after North Carolina gov. signs voter ID law

Just hours after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a sweeping voter ID measure into law, a 92-year-old African-American woman has sued the state claiming that her constitutional rights had been violated. At a bill signing with no formal ceremony on Monday, McCrory quietly signed the Republican bill that…

North Carolina becomes first state to enact voter ID following Supreme Court ruling

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday a requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls, making it the first state to enact new voting restrictions since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a Civil Rights-era…

Maher: ‘Sad’ that the super-rich GOP takeover of NC ‘wasn’t even all that expensive’

HBO comedian Bill Maher is lamenting the fact that super-rich Republican activists were able to use the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling to “take over” the state of North Carolina and “it wasn’t even all that expensive.” On his HBO show last week, Maher pointed out that North Carolina “is…

North Carolina officials shut down Asheville abortion clinic

Even as state legislators in North Carolina wrangle over new proposed statewide restrictions on abortion, health officials shut down one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics on Wednesday. According to Asheville’s ABC Channel 13, FemCare women’s health center in Asheville had its license suspended after the facility failed to…

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