News In Brief

A midday news roundup. 

Governor Roy Cooper introduced legislation Tuesday that would not only repeal House Bill 2 in its entirety, but would enact stricter penalties for certain crimes committed in public bathrooms, and require local governments to give at least 30 days notice before voting on new non-discrimination ordinances.

At a morning press conference, Cooper said he was confident the compromise would pass, and that it would satisfy major sports leagues like the NCAA, ACC, and the NBA that previously moved championship games out of North Carolina in response to HB2.

About 20 Charlotte area residents, including immigrants, came together outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center to protest actions by ICE agents in recent days.
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Charlotte city leaders released a statement Friday that put it plainly: "Regarding sanctuary cities, although there is no agreed upon legal definition of what a sanctuary city is, Charlotte is not one." In recent interviews, however, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts has been offering a more nuanced view.

A Fayetteville man who pled guilty to threatening members of a North Carolina mosque has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement.

Democratic lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate have again offered legislation to repeal House Bill 2, which limits LGBT rights and directs which public bathrooms transgender people can use, among other things.

Four Senate Democrats sponsored repeal legislation filed Wednesday, but it's unlikely to get a hearing in the Republican-controlled chamber. GOP Senate leader Phil Berger has said he doesn't believe the votes are in his chamber for an outright repeal and says compromise would be required.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is joining Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in a letter that raises concerns with President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens of several Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon becomes a free man Wednesday. The 50-year-old Democrat pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in 2014 and was sentenced to serve 44 months in prison and to pay $60,500 in fines and restitution. His conviction stemmed from accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents while serving on Charlotte City Council and later as mayor.

South Carolina Representative Chris Corley, accused of beating his wife bloody, resigned Tuesday rather than be expelled from the Statehouse. Corley, a Republican, still faces a felony aggravated domestic violence charge that could put him in prison for up to 20 years.

Two of North Carolina's Democratic representatives in Congress are joining more than 40 House Democrats who plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration this week. Reps. Alma Adams and G.K. Butterfield say they will not attend Trump's swearing-in Friday at the U.S. Capitol.

Volunteer organization Hands On Charlotte plans to merge with the United Way of Central Carolinas in a deal agreed upon last week. Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper was in Charlotte Monday morning for the YMCA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, where he said he still holds out hope that lawmakers will repeal the state’s controversial House Bill 2.  

In an effort to keep the city's tourism economy competitive, Charlotte City Council is considering major upgrades to the Charlotte Convention Center that would cost taxpayers approximately $100 million.

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