VI LYLES DEFEATS JENNIFER ROBERTS IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR CHARLOTTE MAYOR: Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles Tuesday won the Democratic mayoral nomination by upsetting Mayor Jennifer Roberts – a polarizing leader who made national headlines over House Bill 2. Lyles, a former city budget director and assistant city manager, won in virtually every corner of the city, from the northwest to the southeast. She carried African-American precincts off Beatties Ford Road as well as those in Myers Park and Dilworth. She faces Republican Kenny Smith in November. State Sen. Joel Ford was a distant third, followed by Lucille Puckett and Constance Partee Johnson. Turnout was about 8 percent.
DOJ UNDER SESSIONS REFUSES TO PUNISH OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR FREDDY GRAY'S DEATH: The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won't bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in the city. The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police van in April 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt. The Justice Department said in a statement that while Gray's death was "undeniably tragic," federal prosecutors did not find enough evidence to prove the officers willfully violated his civil rights, a high legal threshold. The decision not to bring federal charges against the officers means none of them will be held criminally responsible for Gray's death.
THE GORSUCH EFFECT: SUPREMES BACK TRUMP ON MUSLIM BAN: The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October. The order was not the court's last word on the travel policy that President Donald Trump first rolled out in January. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments on Oct. 10 on the legality of the bans on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees anywhere in the world.
ASSOCIATED PRESS SUES WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE OVER DISCLOSURE ISSUES: A coalition of news organizations led by The Associated Press is suing the Washington Legislature over its assertion that state lawmakers are not required to turn over daily schedules, emails, text messages and other materials related to their work. The lawsuit , filed Tuesday, challenges lawmakers' claim that language they added more than two decades ago to Washington's public records law excludes them from stricter disclosure rules that apply to officials across the state, from school board members and county commissioners to agency heads. Elected officials in the Washington House and Senate are withholding hundreds of important records, the lawsuit says, depriving the public of information essential to knowing what is going on in state government.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REFUSES TO HELP STUDENTS DEFRAUDED BY FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES: Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Education Department is sitting on more than 65,000 unapproved claims as it rewrites Obama-era rules that sought to better protect students. The rewrite had been sought by industry. The for-profit college industry has found an ally in President Donald Trump, who earlier this year paid $25 million to settle charges his Trump University misled customers. And it’s yet another example of the Trump administration hiring officials to oversee the industries where they had worked previously. In August, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos picked Julian Schmoke Jr., a former associate dean at DeVry University, as head of the department’s enforcement unit.