Silver and other officials from the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets worked behind the scenes the past few months to lobby for major changes in the law, which requires people in public schools and government facilities to use restrooms that conform to the gender on their birth certificates.Silver added that he had hoped the legislature's short session would bring about changes to the law. “We were waiting for the legislative session (to play out), and we were frankly hoping they’d make some steps in changing the legislation. And frankly I was disappointed they didn’t. We’re being extremely cautious and judicious in making this decision.”
...Multiple sources said the league would have to make a decision in the next few weeks on whether to move the All-Star Weekend to give the new host city minimal preparation time. Silver acknowledged during his news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the NBA had begun investigating alternative cities should the league move the event.
A maintenance worker found the body of Anna Sun Clark, 66, around 8 a.m. Tuesday in the pool in the 1300 block of Mason Farm Road and called authorities.Clark's death is being investigated as both an accidental drowning and a homicide, police said.
Clark, of Jadewood Drive was dead when emergency responders arrived.
Clark’s body was fully clothed and there were no obvious signs of trauma, police said.
Jadewood Drive is less than a quarter mile from the pool where Clark’s body was found in the Providence Place neighborhood.
Recently, they’ve [wild hogs] ravaged the region, and nationally they cause up to $1.5 billion in annual damage and control costs, according to the USDA. Disease is also an issue. Three years ago, North Carolina was ground zero for PEDv – the highly contagious porcine diarrhea virus.Previously, Virginia and North Carolina were alone among states in preventing this practice. Under the new law, only state and federal wildlife control officers will be allowed to gun down these pigs. They'll start this fall. More:
Since April 2013, PEDv has killed an estimated 10 percent of America’s hog population. North Carolina’s $11 billion-a-year pork industry, which employs more than 46,000 people, has felt the threat.
With the law just recently passed, [U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service North Carolina director Keith] Wehner sees a modest start for the program. The USDA already has secured permission for a federally owned Hughes, red and white, two-seat “little bird” helicopter to fly a two-week mission to North Carolina from an airbase in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For this, he’s budgeted roughly $40,000.The USDA will also coordinate the hunts with farmers and landowners to "assure everyone is on board with the helicopter shooting," the N&O reports.
The USDA sharpshooter inside will use 12-gauge with buckshot.
“The window for this is when the leaves are down and when the deer season ends, so no hunters are around,” Wehner said.