It’s Wednesday. Your daily news:
1. Things are not good in Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police yesterday shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. From WBTV:
The shooting happened around 4 p.m. at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on the 9600 block of Old Concord Road. Officers said they were searching for a person with an outstanding warrant when they saw a man get out of a vehicle with a firearm.
When the man, later identified as 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, got back into the vehicle, the officers approached. The report states Scott then got back out of the vehicle “armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.”
But Scott’s family says he was not armed:
By nightfall this had led to protests in the streets of University City neighborhood. Police cars were destroyed and tear gas was unleashed on crowds.
The Charlotte Observerreports that the officer who shot Scott was also black, and that police say a firearm was recovered from the scene. Reporter Ely Portillo has been tweeting from the chaotic scene.
After midnight CMPD tweeted that twelve officers had been injured in the protests. This is a developing story.
2. Gas will continue to be scarce in N.C. a little while longer. A busted gas pipeline in Alabama that has caused shortages throughout the South should be back up and running today, but it will take a while for things to stabilize here in North Carolina. From the News & Observer:
Scarce gasoline will continue to hamstring North Carolina for “several days,” Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday, encouraging consumers to conserve as stations across the Triangle run dry.
The state is receiving about a third of its normal gas flow, the governor said. And even with a bypass completed around the leaky pipeline in Alabama, it will take time to restore normal flows throughout the Southeast.
…The average price per gallon shot up to $2.21 in Raleigh – an 8 percent uptick in the last week, according to the website gasbuddy.com. The state Attorney General’s office warned consumers to watch for price gouging triggered by the shortage, directing complaints to ncdoj.com. Since supplies became scant, more than 1,100 such complaints had been filed by late Tuesday.
Attorney General Roy Cooper has already issued five subpoenas to gas stations for price gouging to the tune of four dollars a gallon.
3. Fayetteville teacher attempts to destroy American flag during class? Bizarre story out of—where else?—Fayetteville, where Lee Francis, a history teacher at Massey Hill Classical High School, has been suspended for stepping on an American flag as part of a teaching lesson about free speech. From WRAL:
Students said Francis tried to burn and cut the flag before dropping it on the floor as part of a lesson on the First Amendment. At least two students walked out of the classroom during the demonstration.
“I put the flag on the ground and I took two steps with my right foot and I said, ‘This is an example of free speech,’” Francis said.
…In a statement, Superintendent Dr. Frank Till Jr. said in a statement, “Clearly there are other ways to teach First Amendment rights without desecrating a flag. The situation is currently under investigation.”
4. Trump in High Point. The Republican presidential candidate was back in North Carolina Tuesday, at High Point University. Among other idiotic bullshit, he said that his plan for immigration was to “only [admit] people into our country who love our country.” Any questions? The N&O has the full report.
5. Probably you should watch Elizabeth Warren humiliate Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf. You will not regret watching this.
Also, it’s going to rain more today.
Until next time.