Thursday, June 4, 2015

First Drip (6/4/15): State votes on multiple controversial bills

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 10:41 AM

The state legislature made multiple controversial votes on Wednesday, voting to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of N.C. House Bill 405, also known as the "Ag-Gag" bill, and passing House Bill 465, which will make North Carolina women wait 72 hours to have an abortion after initially contacting a provider. The previous waiting time was 24 hours. The bill will now be given to McCrory for final approval. He has previously said he will approve the bill. 

An FBI affidavit released Wednesday revealed ways in which alleged gang leader Jamell Cureton communicated with gang members from his jail cell, allegedly ordering the killing of a Lake Wylie couple expected to testify against him. Letters seized during a search of Cureton's cell show him communicating with other alleged members of the local chapter of the United Blood Nation and making statements such as, "Hunt for blood and hunt gone (sic) hunt for you." Cureton's lawyers say the letters were illegally seized by the federal government. 

A Ballantyne urgent care center's refusal to help a three-year-old autistic boy because he had South Carolina Medicaid has gained attention since being picked up by local news outlets recently. The boy fell down a flight of steps two weeks ago and his mother rushed him to Carolina HealthCare Systems (CHS) in Urgent Care in Ballantyne. CHS released a statement saying it would enroll all of its facilities near the border in South Carolina Medicaid. 

A group of mothers of kids with special needs in Union County Public Schools (UCPS) are lobbying to have cameras put in special education classrooms, after they say multiple instances of abuse have forced them to take their kids out of school. UCPS says it is doing research locally and statewide into putting cameras in classrooms. 

A string of car accidents shut down traffic on I-77 in Huntersville for hours overnight.
The first wreck, which took place around 11:30 p.m., reportedly involved two tractor trailers and a Honda Civic. One person had to be extricated from the wreckage of that crash. Two more accidents happened shortly after, both also involving tractor trailers. Police said the accidents were due to construction in the area. The interstate was reopened before 5 p.m. 

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