Wednesday News: Three cheers for Josh


NC AG JOINS LAWSUIT TO BLOCK CENSUS QUESTIONS ABOUT IMMIGRANT STATUS: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined an effort to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. In a multi-state move, 12 attorneys general filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday alleging that demanding such information could skew actual resident numbers in states with large immigrant populations. That could threaten the fair allocation of hundreds of billions of dollars of federal grants and funding for education, roads and infrastructure, Stein and the other attorneys general stated. Additionally, census data are used to redraw political boundaries — from Congress to local school boards and commissions and allocate Electoral College seats.

CENSUS DATA WAS USED TO ROUND UP JAPANESE AMERICANS FOR INTERNMENT CAMPS IN WWII: In papers presented in 2000 and 2007, historian Margo J. Anderson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and statistician William Seltzer of Fordham University found evidence that census officials cooperated with the government, providing data to target Japanese Americans. The Japanese American community had long suspected the Census Bureau of playing a role in the push to banish 120,000 Japanese Americans, mostly living on the West Coast, into nearly a dozen internment camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, according to former commerce secretary Norman Mineta. Mineta, who lived in San Jose, was just 11 when he and his family were sent to live in an internment camp in Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

JURY SEATED IN FIRST OF MANY LAWSUITS AGAINST SMITHFIELD OVER HOG NUISANCE: A low-cost, high-volume livestock-rearing method pioneered in North Carolina came under fire Tuesday as jurors began hearing a lawsuit from neighbors who say the world's largest pork corporation is endangering their health and making their lives miserable. The legal action is the first in a string of federal lawsuits against the hog-production division of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods. Its outcome could alter production methods and profits for the company, which controls everything from the feed the animals eat to when they are trucked to slaughter and how the meat lands on consumers' plates. Smithfield was bought in 2013 by a division of China-based WH Group, the world's largest pork producer.

CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY OPPONENTS GO AFTER ALMA ADAMS BECAUSE OF HER AGE: Ortiz, 36, said he’s running in next month’s Democratic congressional primary because “the average age in Charlotte is 35, with kids, and we don’t have anyone in the Charlotte area representing our interest in Washington, D.C., as we see them.” Register, 37, isn’t directly calling Adams too old for office, but mentions that “the person fighting for our Social Security is already getting it.” Adams does receive Social Security benefits. Adams, running for her second term in the Charlotte-based 12th Congressional District that was redrawn in 2016, and fourth term overall, said her younger congressional competitors have a lot to learn about Washington. “Everybody who comes into the Congress in 2018 will go to the back of the line,” she said. “Congress is about seniority....maybe they’ll do a little more research to find out what’s going on.”

MLK'S CHILDREN ARE STIILL GRIEVING, 50 YEARS AFTER HIS ASSASSINATION: “That period, for me, is like yesterday,” said Dexter King, now 57. “People say it’s been 50 years, but I’m living in step time. Forget what he did in terms of his service and commitment and contribution to humankind ... I miss my dad.” His children cling to the few memories they have left of him. For years, they have had to publicly mourn a man who was among the most hated in America at the time of his death — a task they have been reluctant and, at times, angry to carry out. Their recollections are a reminder that at the center of this tragedy was a young family, robbed of a loving husband and father, who was just 39. All are older now than King was. The tributes to their dad — from the buildings and streets that bear his name, to statues in his home state and in the nation’s capital — are points of pride, but also constant reminders of the void he left.