STATE BRIEFS, WEEK OF AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
[TAMPA, FLA.] If the GOP wins the governor’s race, and holds on to its majority in the NC General Assembly, then voter ID will pass, assured NC House Speaker Thom Tillis during the North Carolina delegation breakfast at the Republi-can National Convention this week. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, vetoed the first bill passed by the GOP in the NC General Assembly in 2011, and the Republicans couldn’t override. Tillis says if Pat McCrory, a Mecklenburg County Republican candidate for governor wins and the Legislature says in GOP hands, then a voter ID law is a certainty. TRANSPORTATION TURMOIL AS WAKE SCHOOLS OPEN
[RALEIGH] On Monday, Wake Schools Supt. Anthony Tata was welcoming the first day of the new traditional school year, saying that the 16th largest school system in the nation was ready to handle the challenges. But as he spoke, thousands of Wake school children weren’t being picked by their school buses, a problem that persisted for several days. Meanwhile, Board of Education headquarters in Cary were filled with angry parents, trying to finalize their children’s registration. On Tuesday, Tata promised to iron out the problems caused by the school choice plan he fought so hard for. He said transportation budget cuts put fewer buses on the road. The system has added four more buses to the over eight hundred to cover some of the shortage. Tata’s critics say his lack of experience in education is the reason for this latest foul-up.
CAIN TELLS NC DELEGATION “STUPID” AMERICANS RUNNING THE COUNTRY
[TAMPA, FLA] Herman Cain, the black Republican former pizza executive whose run for president ended earlier this year after several women accused him of sexual harassment, told the NC delegation at the Republican National Convention this week that “stupid Americans are running America,” a slam at the Obama Administra-tion. Cain is scheduled to visit North Carolina twice in September, in Raleigh for a business luncheon on Sept. 12th; and the next day in Charlotte. Cain says he also plans to meet with black ministers and students while in NC.
POLICE ARREST MAN FOR ALLEGED BOMB THREAT TO RALEIGH BUILDINGS
[GARNER] Police have arrested a Garner man, charging him with making a bomb threat to three City of Raleigh buildings. Carl Maurice Allen, 38, allegedly called the Raleigh Public Utilities building Tuesday, saying workers there had “40 minutes to get out of the building before it blew up.” Subsequently, two other city government buildings, including City Hall, were evacuated. After a search by authorities, the buildings were cleared. Allen reportedly had been previously charged with making terrorist threats in 2006 in Pennsylvania. Charges were dismissed in that case.
EX-MARINE SNIPER CONFESSES TO WANTING TO COMMIT A SHOOTING SPREE
[RALEIGH] Wake law enforcement authorities say there was no real threat, but a North Carolina State University student was committed in July for serious mental health issues after it was determined that he allegedly wanted to go on a shooting spree, ultimately killing a law enforcement officer and his family. The unnamed student was formerly a Marine sniper who served two terms of duty in Iraq. A search warrant to his computer files revealed that the student, who reportedly suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, would daydream about killing people, and made plans to do so, complete with what weapons would be used. The student wanted to kill a police officer and his family by following him home one night. He’s being treated at the VA Hospital in Durham.
MORRISVILLE VOTES TO BAN FIREARMS IN LOCAL PARKS
[GARNER] The Morris-ville Town Council this week voted to ban firearms from several local parks and sites that are allowed by state law. The areas include the Morrisville Community Park, Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center, Shiloh Park, Cedar Fork Community Center, Crabtree Creek Nature Park, and Indian Creek Greenway Trailhead. In 2011, state lawmakers passed a law that allowed handguns to be legally carried in local parks and greenways, but gave local officials the right to opt out in municipal areas.
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