GOP BALKS AT FUNDING SCHOOL SAFETY COMMITTEE PROPOSALS: "These are going to be better trained officers who are particularly selected by their agencies to be in that school environment and to interact with those children," said Faircloth, a retired police chief. But Rep. Darren Jackson, D-Wake, said the proposed legislation includes only a tiny fraction of the $80 million needed to put an armed, trained SRO in every school. "We're funding $1.8 million. I'm not exactly sure which kids we're deciding not to protect," Jackson said. The committee's proposals recommend more spending on other items, such as mental health programs to more hiring more schools nurses and counselors, but they don't include the hard budget numbers it would take to meet all those recommendations. Jackson questioned whether Republican leaders would find the money to make the ideas a reality.
BITTERNESS LINGERS AFTER WAKE COMMISSIONERS PRIMARY: A Wake County commissioner who lost his bid for re-election this week says a statement made from some of his fellow leaders was an "unprecedented" attack, and he apologized to supporters of a proposed park that has been the subject of the dispute. Wake County Commissioner Erv Portman made his comments during Wednesday's county board meeting, just one day after Tuesday's contentious Democratic primary in which he lost to challenger Susan Evans. "I think it's an unprecedented thing that has occurred in terms of the attack from several commissioners on this project and it is not befitting of this board of commissioners," he said. Portman was referring to a statement in which commissioners Greg Ford, James West and Holmes asked the other four commissioners to condemn and distance themselves from a so-called "pay-to-play" campaign event. The statement was sent in early April after a social media post surfaced asking the Crooked Creek community to support the re-election campaigns of commissioners Matt Calabria, John Burns, Sig Hutchinson and Portman, all of whom who were facing challengers in the primary.
DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ISSUES FRANK APOLOGY OVER COFFEE SHOP FIASCO: "When we learn a racial slur has been scrawled on a dorm door, a social media posting has used abhorrent language, anti-Semitic posters have been distributed in Durham, or workers on our campus have been treated unfairly, we feel angry, discouraged, and disappointed. Duke should be a place where these things don’t happen. They are a painful reminder that we have more work to do to make our Duke community the dynamic, diverse and welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff we aspire it to be: a place where our daily challenges are grappling with a new concept, a new idea, or a new way of thinking – and not with how someone has behaved, or how we ourselves have behaved, that has caused others pain or hurt. Something has to change. I will simply say that I am deeply sorry that we are not where we want to be as a university. I am, in particular, sorry that the words of one of my senior administrators recently resulted in two individuals working for one of our on-campus vendors losing their jobs; and while I am pleased that the vendor has taken steps to reverse this action, I apologize for the precipitous and unfair treatment these employees experienced. We must do better."
LAWMAKERS FAIL TO ADDRESS LACK OF SUPERVISION AS A LEADING CAUSE OF INMATE DEATHS: Early this year, detention officers evacuated inmates from an older section of the Watauga County jail as sewage backed up into the hallway. But inmate Lincoln Horner was later returned there from a medical check, by staff who didn't know about the evacuation. He was left alone for 45 minutes. A short-staffed detention crew thought the section no longer had any inmates and had stopped checking. That gave Horner, 40, plenty of time to use a blanket to hang himself. He's now among more than 70 inmates who have died after supervision lapses in North Carolina jails since 2012. It's a problem the News & Observer exposed in a recent five-part series, Jailed to Death. Some state officials — including Senate leader Phil Berger — found the number of supervision failures troubling. But lawmakers on a legislative oversight committee that looked into jail deaths didn't address the issue.
TRUMP AIDE SAYS DON'T WORRY ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN'S OPPOSITION, BECAUSE "HE'S DYING ANYWAY": A White House official dismissed a view expressed by Sen. John McCain about President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee, saying Thursday at a staff meeting that “it doesn’t matter” because “he’s dying anyway,” two people in the room told The Associated Press. Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain’s opposition to Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, when she made the comment, according to the two people, who described feeling shocked and stunned by the remark. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door communications staff meeting. The White House did not dispute the remark. In a statement, they said, “We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time.” Sadler is a special assistant to the president. She did not respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.