GOVERNOR ROY COOPER VETOES REPUBLICAN TAX-CUTTING BUDGET: Cooper made his announcement flanked by teachers and said that the level of education spending in the budget was a major reason for his veto. He said he wanted to send a message. "When you are continuing to drop in per-pupil expenditures, when you’re still 37th in the country in teacher pay, that’s unacceptable," Cooper said. Republican leaders, however, don't appear worried about their ability to overturn Cooper's veto. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore defended the budget and criticized Cooper just minutes after the veto announcement. Cooper had proposed spending several hundred million dollars more than legislative leaders ultimately agreed to. The main difference, which Moore alluded to, was that Cooper wanted to stop the implementation of another corporate income tax cut next year and freeze planned tax cuts on income that people earn above $200,000, using the extra revenue to give teachers a larger raise and also spend money on other projects.
"SKIP" STAM RETURNS TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO OPPOSE HOG PROTECTION BILL: Legislation that would make it harder to win lawsuits against hog and other livestock farms in North Carolina, like the suit that hit pork giant Smithfield Foods with a $50 million verdict in April, has cleared multiple committees and is rolling toward the Senate floor. "Here we go again," said Elsie Herring, a plaintiff in one of many suits over the odors and other issues affecting homes near industrial hog farms. "They have all the rights, and we have none." This year's bill says farming activities are presumed not to be a nuisance unless a plaintiff shows that the farm is out of step with state regulations and that farm procedures are different than what is "generally accepted and routinely utilized" by others in the region. "If, in your region ... everybody's doing bad practices, then nobody is," said Paul "Skip" Stam, a former Republican state representative from Apex who visited the legislature Wednesday to oppose the bill.
RIGHT WING TWIT FORCED TO SHUT DOWN ALL FAKE NC CITY ACCOUNTS EXCEPT GREENSBORO: As of Tuesday, Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Asheville, Greenville and High Point all had similar-looking accounts, but those were much less active and with fewer followers than Greensboro. All of the accounts include a link back to @Greensboro_NC in their bios. After a reporter's Twitter communication with the owner of the Greensboro account, all those city accounts were disabled by Wednesday. "Bullies win. All nc city accounts are deactivated. Except this one of course. Happy?" the @greensboro_nc account said in a direct message. When asked if the account had always tweeted about conservative or right-wing issues and why the account was created, the account responded: "No before the nanny state regulations I had other plans. It’s mine so I tweet what I want. Y’all right leaning I call it tweeting whatever the hell I want or free speech."
GREENSBORO SCHOOLS DAMAGED BY TORNADO WILL NOT RE-OPEN IN FALL: Officials say schools damaged by a tornado in North Carolina will not reopen for the next academic year. Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras told families at meetings Wednesday that students will not return next academic year to three elementary schools damaged in the April tornado. News outlets report school officials are working with the district's insurance company to determine what it will pay for the damage. School officials didn't say what work needs to be done to the buildings. Contreras says a process that includes soliciting proposals from contractors would extend any project longer than the time remaining before school starts. Staff and students from the three elementary schools have been relocated to three others. The district is unsure where those displaced will be for the 2019-20 school year.
ACTIVISTS PROTEST THE DEATH OF TRANSGENDER MIGRANT IN FEDERAL CUSTODY: Immigrant and LGBT rights advocates on Wednesday protested the death of a Honduran transgender woman while in United States custody, saying the case underscores concerns that transgender migrants in detention facilities often do not receive adequate medical care. About 60 protesters gathered in a field outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they marched and held up signs and images of migrant Roxsana Hernandez. The 33-year-old died May 25 at an Albuquerque hospital where she was admitted after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV, federal authorities said.She had arrived in the United States as part of a highly publicized caravan of Central American asylum seekers, and authorities listed her name as Jeffry Hernandez when she was taken into custody in San Diego. She was later transferred to El Paso, Texas, before being taken to the Cibola County Detention Center in western New Mexico.