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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 11:00 AM


2 bills vetoed by NC governor to become law anyway

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two bills vetoed by Gov. Pat McCrory will become law anyway now that the General Assembly has formally canceled them.

The Senate voted to override the vetoes by comfortable margins Wednesday morning, a day after the House did the same thing. The Senate took less than 10 minutes on both bills.

The legislation requires drug-testing for welfare recipients and creates a wider exemption for employers to calculate whether they must access a federal database to determine the legal status of new hires.

The overrides are a blow to McCrory, who actively lobbied legislators to uphold his vetoes. He says the drug-testing bill would not be cost effective. He said the veto on the E-Verify program would allow immigrants in the country illegally to take jobs.


NC predator gets 50 years in federal prison

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

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man whom prosecutors call a child predator who is serving six years in a North Carolina prison will report to federal prison to serve 50 years when his state sentence is finished.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that 46-year-old man William Lee Pait Jr. of Bladenboro could finish his state sentence next month.

Pait was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Tuesday to 50 years for trying to lure young girls over the Internet, the same crime he was convicted of in state court. Authorities say Pait posed as a teenage boy online to meet girls.

The Constitution's double-jeopardy provision says a person cannot be prosecuted twice for the same crime. But the federal and state governments are separate under that rule, sometimes allowing federal prosecutions for crimes.


Company adds billboards featuring missing NC teen

(Information in the following story is from: Salisbury Post,

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A company that put up billboards featuring a missing North Carolina teen is adding more signs to the efforts to find her.

The Salisbury Post reported that Adams Outdoor Advertising is putting up four more signs to help in the effort to find Erica Lynn Parsons.

The 15-year-old girl has been missing for nearly two years, but she was reported missing little more than a month ago.

Her adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons, have said they let her stay with her biological grandmother, Irene Goodman, in Asheville. Investigators have been unable to verify that Irene Goodman exists.

Police have said the adoptive parents have become less cooperative.

The company initially put up billboards late last month. The news signs are on Intersates 77 and 485.


Gorilla euthanized at North Carolina Zoo

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Officials at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro have euthanized a 21-year-old male gorilla after he had been treated for an illness for more than a week.

Mammal curator Adrian Fowler said Nkosi, or Nik, had not been eating well and collapsed Sunday.

Fowler says the zoo's staff worked around the clock and consulted experts from other zoos and outside medical experts and determined they had no choice but to euthanize the gorilla.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday and tissue samples were being evaluated to determine what caused Nik's illness. Fowler says it could be several weeks before the rest results are back.

Nik came to North Carolina from the Columbus Zoo in 2008 and is the father of two males, Bomassa and Apollo, who were born in August 2012.


Sinkhole repair could be $1.5 million at NC school

(Information in the following story is from: The Hickory Daily Record,

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — It could cost up to $1.5 million to repair a sinkhole at Catawba Valley Community College.

The Hickory Daily Record reported that school president Garrett Hinshaw told the Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday the repairs in from of the Tarlton Complex at the school will be expensive.

Hinshaw said the sinkhole was caused by a pipe destroyed in the flooding in July. The hole is now 30 feet deep and 50 feet in diameter.

The school says it will have to replace a 72-inch diameter pipe that is 760 feet long.

Hinshaw says it will take two or three months to replace the pipe.


Police chief in Clyde suspended

CLYDE, N.C. (AP) — The police chief in the Haywood County town of Clyde has been suspended for five days.

Members of the Clyde Board of Aldermen plan to meet Wednesday to discuss the status of Police Chief Gerard Ball.

Town Administrator Joy Garland says Ball was suspended for five days Friday. Garland said she could not explain the reason for the suspension.

Capt. Mike Lindsay has been running the department while Ball was suspended.

Ball was hired in July of last year. He replaced Derek Dendy, who was fired in January of 2012.


NC school board to discuss class size limits

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's statewide school board is scheduled to hear about changes adopted by the General Assembly that allow more crowding in public school classrooms.

The State Board of Education meeting Wednesday includes a discussion about changes that include eliminating class-size limits for fourth-graders and above. Kindergarten through third-grade classrooms are supposed to have no more than 21 students, but the re-written law allows up to 24 students in those early grades for the first two months of the year.

The law says it's the duty of local school boards to make sure class sizes stay within limits. The state school board no longer can add positions at crowded schools.


NC National Guard schedules job workshop

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina National Guard's Education and Employment Center is offering soldiers, airmen and eligible family members a chance to refine their skills to hunt for work.

The center has scheduled a Job Readiness Workshop and Hiring Event at NCNG Headquarters beginning Wednesday and continuing on Thursday.

Human resources professionals are to be on hand to train participants on job search and interview skills. Wednesday's job search workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one-on-one coaching from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday's job screenings and interviews with local employers will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 30-minute blocks per participant. The event is only for those registered with the center's office.

Similar employment events are scheduled to occur quarterly.