GUILFORD COUNTY — A new lawsuit accuses the Democratic members of the Guilford County Board of Education of violating several provisions of state law to avoid appointing a political opponent to fill a vacancy on the board.
RANDOLPH COUNTY — Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday another giant leap in its investment plans for its electric car battery manufacturing factory under construction at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite.
KERNERSVILLE — A New York man with a history of child sexual abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he had sex multiple times with a teenage girl in Kernersville he had met online.
As the Supreme Court decides the fate of affirmative action, most people in the U.S. say the court should allow consideration of race as part of the admissions process. Yet few believe students’ race should play a significant role in those decisions. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 63% say the Supreme Court should not stop colleges from considering race or ethnicity in their admission systems. The poll shows little divide along political or racial lines. People are more likely to say grades and standardized test scores should be significant factors. Lawsuits are challenging admissions systems at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
The composition of several North Carolina state commissions would shift away from gubernatorial appointees and toward the choices of legislators and others in a measure that cleared a House committee. The bill is a version of a Senate bill that passed that chamber last month. Republican sponsors argued the changes would bring more diversity to powerful boards currently controlled by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s picks. Cooper and fellow Democrats consider the legislation an unconstitutional power grab. The version that passed the House committee on Tuesday removes changes to the state Utilities Commission but adds a provision on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
A bill allowing the state’s leading health insurance provider to restructure is on its way to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The North Carolina legislature gave the bill final approval despite criticisms from the state insurance commissioner that it would erode his regulatory authority. The measure cleared the Senate 41-5 Tuesday after passing the House with similar bipartisan support earlier this year. The measure permits Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and a dental insurance provider to transfer assets into a parent holding company and make investments. The changes would take effect as soon as it becomes law.
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is in custody at the Texas prison where she will spend the next 11 years serving her sentence for overseeing an infamous blood-testing hoax. Holmes could be seen Tuesday from outside the prison’s gates walking into the a federal women’s prison camp located in Bryan, Texas. She wore jeans, a brown sweater and was smiling as she spoke with two prison employees accompanying her. Her arrival comes more than a year after a jury convicted Holmes on four felony counts of fraud and conspiracy in January 2022. She was sentenced to prison time in November.
A federal court ruling has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to settle thousands of legal claims over the toll of opioids. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday overturned a lower court’s 2021 ruling that found bankruptcy courts did not have the authority to protect members of the Sackler family who own the company and who have not filed for bankruptcy protection from lawsuits. The concept is at the heart of Purdue’s plan to settle thousands of lawsuits in a deal that would include $5.5 billion to $6 billion from Sackler family members.
Activists in the LGBTQ+ community are calling for new ways to mobilize against threats to their long fight for equality. This comes after Target announced last week that it removed some products and relocated its Pride displays to the back of certain stores in the South after protestors confronted workers in stores. Activists have said new campaigns are needed to convince corporate leaders not to cave to anti-LGBTQ+ groups. Target is the latest company to face backlash over its support for the community. Nearly 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in state legislatures around the country this year and at least 18 states have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors.
A veteran North Carolina Democratic political consultant died over the weekend after he was ejected from the boat he was riding in near some of the state’s barrier islands. The National Park Service says 42-year-old Conen Morgan of Raleigh died on Sunday. The park service says three passengers were in a rented boat south of Shackleford Banks when it took a wave that ejected them. They all made it to shore but one passenger — identified later as Morgan — collapsed around the wave line. Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted that Morgan's “hard work and determination made a real, positive difference for people of North Carolina.”
North Carolina senator pushing medical marijuana bill describes smoking pot during cancer fight (copy)
The North Carolina General Assembly’s chief advocate for legalizing medical marijuana in the state has revealed how he smoked pot over 20 years ago to withstand intense chemotherapy during his fight with cancer. Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County has previously described himself as a colon cancer survivor. But he had been reticent on details like whether he used marijuana until pitching his legislation on Tuesday to the House Health Committee. The measure passed the Senate three months ago. Rabon recalled how a physician told him to obtain marijuana when he sought a more aggressive form of treatment. Medical pot opponents say marijuana may cause harm to patients.
Under fire from conservatives, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is hunting for votes from fellow Republicans for the debt ceiling deal. The Republican speaker urged GOP skeptics Tuesday to look at “the victories” in the package he negotiated with President Joe Biden. The White House and congressional leaders are working to ensure passage in time to prevent a U.S. default. Hard-right conservatives are criticizing the deal, while liberals decry new work requirements for older Americans in the food aid program. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the package reduces deficits by $1.5 trillion over the decade, although food stamp changes end up costing $2.1 billion. The full House is expected to vote Wednesday.
The High Point Police Department is investigating a wreck that caused extensive damage to a playground, an iron fence around the playground and a thick stone wall along Parkway Avenue at First Presbyterian Church at the intersection of N. Main and Johnson streets early Tuesday. About 2:30 a.…
HIGH POINT — The N.C. State Board of Elections on Tuesday updated where the agency stands with approving college student and public employee photo IDs as eligible for voting this fall and in next year’s presidential election season.
HIGH POINT — Stephanie Antkowiak has done a lot of things demonstrating her passion for The Arc of High Point, but this time she’s really gone over the edge.
THOMASVILLE — A 14-year-old male faces an additional charge of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting earlier this month of a 15-year-old boy at a Thomasville residence, the Thomasville Police Department announced late Tuesday afternoon.
JAMESTOWN — Guilford Technical Community College will launch a high school cadet fire program this fall to help stem the increasing shortage of emergency service providers in Guilford County.
HIGH POINT CONFIDENTIAL: ‘The Horrible Tortures’ - Scandalous child-abuse case of 1907 finally went to court
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second story in a two-part High Point Confidential series. Part one of “The Horrible Tortures” was published Saturday and can be found online at hpenews.com.
HIGH POINT — The primary tourism agency in High Point plans to move its offices and Regional Visitors Center to the downtown building that houses Splashworks.
HIGH POINT — When High Point native Nicholas Ruden was a teenager at Hayworth Christian School 19 years ago, he decided that he wanted to organize a community event to recognize Memorial Day.
As he vies for the Republican presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is touting a series of measures he has pushed that have led to an upswing in banned or restricted books — not just in Florida schools but in an increasing number of other conservative states. Florida last year became the first in a wave of red states to enact laws making it easier for parents to challenge books in school libraries they deem to be pornographic, deal improperly with racial issues or in other ways be inappropriate. DeSantis insists books aren’t actually being “banned” in his state’s schools, preferring to call the forced removal of some books “curation choices."
Memorial Day is supposed to be about mourning the nation’s fallen service members. But it’s come to anchor the unofficial start of summer and a long weekend of retail discounts. Memorial Day has long been a source of contention and contradiction, from its shifting origin stories to today’s mattress sales. Auto club AAA forecasts that this holiday weekend could be “one for the record books, especially at airports.” More than 42 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more. Compared to last year, 2.7 million more people will travel for the unofficial start of summer. And that's despite inflation.
Mayors and police officials around the U.S. are rolling out familiar strategies in response to the traditional summer bump in violent crime. The push for more police and community involvement comes despite a continuing decline in homicides and other violent crimes that spiked in 2020. Chicago and Baltimore are among the large U.S. cities reporting fewer homicides overall. But totals remain far higher than before the pandemic, and crime among young people is a concern. To combat the violence, city officials are promoting more engagement between officers and communities. In some cases, they're enlisting people outside law enforcement to enforce curfews and keep the peace.
Ten lighthouses that for generations have stood like sentinels along America’s shorelines protecting mariners from peril and guiding them to safety are being given away at no cost or sold at auction by the federal government. The aim of the program run by the General Services Administration is to preserve the properties, most of which are more than a century old. The development of modern technology, including GPS, means lighthouses are no longer essential for navigation and not critical to the Coast Guard's mission. Since the passage of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act in 2000, the GSA the ownership of about 150 lighthouses have been transferred.
HIGH POINT — New City Attorney Meghan Maguire had something of a head start on the job when she was named High Point’s chief legal counsel earlier this month.
HIGH POINT — A Dutch luxury home furnishings brand will establish its U.S. headquarters in downtown High Point.
Olivia was the most popular girls name in North Carolina in 2022, according to the Social Security Administration’s data, with 500 babies getting the name. And it was also the most popular girls name nationwide.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first story in a two-part High Point Confidential series. Part two of “The Horrible Tortures” will be published in Tuesday’s High Point Enterprise.
GUILFORD COUNTY — Guilford County’s retirees are overwhelmingly white and becoming more numerous, while the working- and school-age populations have proportionately more Black, Hispanic and Asian residents than ever, according to the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics data r…
When Russia invaded Ukraine, companies were quick to respond, some announcing they would get out of Russia immediately. Others vowed to curtail sales and new investment. Billions of dollars' worth of factories, energy holdings and power plants were written off or put up for sale. More than a year later, it’s clear: Leaving Russia isn't as easy as the first announcements might have made it seem. Increasingly, Russia has put hurdles in the way of companies that want out, requiring approval by a government commission and in some cases from President Vladimir Putin himself, while imposing painful discounts and taxes on sale prices. They also risk running afoul of Western sanctions and public opinion.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says that European allies are developing a coordinated program to train Ukrainian forces on the F-16 fighter jet. But Pentagon leaders warn that it will be a costly and complex task and won’t be a magic solution to the war. Austin says the allies recognize that in addition to training, Ukraine will also need to be able to sustain and maintain the aircraft and have enough munitions. And he says that air defense systems are still the weapons that Ukraine needs most in the broader effort to control the airspace.
HIGH POINT — Since beginning her job May 1 as association executive and CEO of the High Point Regional Association of Realtors, Lisia Amburn has hit the ground running.
HIGH POINT — Growing High Point is continuing in its mission to battle food insecurity with its newest urban farm, Berry Ridge.
HIGH POINT — Mavis Tires & Brakes has opened its second High Point location at a S. Main Street retail center.
HIGH POINT — Middle College at GTCC-High Point seniors stepped up to receive their high school diplomas on Thursday during commencement exercises at the Greensboro Coliseum.
HIGH POINT — A little music, colored lights, sound effects and competition has enlivened the physical education classes at Fairview Elementary School while also adding some math problems.
DAVIDSON COUNTY — Two men have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a store in Thomasville in March.
DAVIDSON COUNTY — The Davidson County Board of Commissioners is pulling its support and money from the Davidson County Economic Development Commission in favor of creating a separate county-run program.
HIGH POINT — The City Council has made additional commitments for High Point’s share of American Rescue Plan Act funds, but more than $5 million of the federal dollars remain unallocated.
HIGH POINT — The newly renovated swimming pool at High Point City Lake Park will open to the public on Saturday for the first time since 2019.
HIGH POINT — North Carolina residents are hedging on their travel plans while keeping an eye on inflation, the latest High Point University Poll indicates.
HIGH POINT — The Kearns Academy held its commencement ceremonies on Wednesday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
HIGH POINT — Top-seeded Campbell ranks as the favorite while No. 2 seed USC Upstate possesses a legitimate hope of dethroning the Camels in the Big South baseball tournament that begins today at Truist Point stadium.
HIGH POINT — Jessica Deitrick is back at High Point University.
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