Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lunch Break (6/23/15): Democrats stage House sit-in that lasts throughout the night

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Democrats staged an overnight sit-in on the U.S. House floor last night following a move by the Republican majority to adjourn a vote on new gun control laws until next month. Branded ‘no fly, no buy,’ the proposed restrictions would prevent anyone on the ‘no fly’ list from purchasing a firearm. Democrats wanted the issue to go to vote at Wednesday’s session. When Republicans refused, cries of protest broke out. Cameras broadcasting the session were cut, but Democrats used their phones to live stream video to social media throughout the night. About a dozen Democrats remained on the floor this morning, vowing not to back down. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of Mecklenburg County was the only representative of North Carolina to participate in the sit-in throughout the night. The politicians continued their sit-in this morning even after Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned House business until July 5. Participants like U.S. Rep. John Lewis have promised to continue their sit-in when the House session resumes.  (Associated Press via Charlotte Observer) 

Police in Rock Hill are still searching for a suspect who shot at officers during a confrontation Wednesday night. The altercation began when police attempted to stop an erratic driver on Cherry Road. The suspect, reportedly driving a 1991 Nissan, appeared to comply by pulling off the road into an apartment complex on Ebenezer Avenue but then jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Police caught up with the suspect when he reached a fence. The suspect then turned on police, drew a gun and shot at officers. Police fired back, but the suspect was able to hop the fence and escape. (WCNC Staff) 

Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation Wednesday that will attempt to re-draw the original 18th-century boundary dividing the Carolinas. The state line debate began about 20 years ago, when discrepancies from old land surveys were first discovered. The new legislation aims to revert to the original boundary in January, and also outlines plans for tax and property issues that arise for residents unsure of which Carolina they reside in. The difference would be drawn in Union County. (WSOC Staff) 

An Indian Trail man with a record of felony drug convictions was arrested after police conducting a traffic stop discovered a felony amount of drugs in his possession. In addition to drug paraphernalia, Michael Patrick Westmoreland, 51, was carrying a combined 40 grams of cocaine, methamphetamine, and mushrooms. He faces possession and trafficking charges, and is being held on $200,000 bond. (WBTV Web Staff) 

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