Saturday News: Heartless


CHICKEN PLANT AT CENTER OF MOORE ETHICS COMPLAINT PLANS TO EVICT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES: Ana Monter's family brought her to the United States when she was a child, like many other immigrants chasing the American dream. But they were so poor as she was growing up that she started working in a Chatham County chicken factory at age 15 to help support her family. She dropped out of school to work full-time and eventually saved up enough money to start a family and buy a mobile home of her own, just yards away from the factory in Siler City. Now, she's terrified the new owners of that factory — which has received millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded incentives to re-open the plant — are about to condemn her and her children to homelessness.

WILMINGTON LOGGING COMPANY WANTS MASSIVE INCREASE IN TOXIC CHEMICAL USE: Residents will have a chance to further weigh in on a Wilmington facility that has asked the state for permission to become the nation’s leading user of a toxic chemical, a N.C. Department of Environmental Quality official said Thursday. Tima Capital, a Wilmington business, has asked the state for permission to renew an existing permit at 800 and 810 Sunnyvale Drive while also increasing the amount of methyl bromide from just under 10 tons to more than 60 tons a year. Erin Carey of the Sierra Club said the permit would represent, “A dramatic change of a discharge of a chemical that the EPA has identified as highly toxic. Residents have legitimate cause for concern about health and environmental impacts when a toxic gas is released where they work and their kids play.” The EPA fact sheet said methyl bromide is most hazardous at the fumigation site, with human exposure to high concentrations potentially leading to damage to the central nervous and respiratory systems. According to the EPA, exposure of 67 parts per million for an 8-hour period could lead to irreversible health effects.

RALEIGH "MARCH FOR OUR LIVES" EVENT TODAY STARTED BY 15 YEAR-OLD: As supporters of stricter gun control laws descend on Washington, D.C., Saturday for the national March For Our Lives rally, thousands of local activists are expected to take to the streets in downtown Raleigh. The rally was the brainchild of Lauren Smith, a 15-year-old sophomore at Holly Springs High School. Her mom wouldn't let her go to the national march in Washington, D.C., so she decided to start one closer to home. The rally will begin at 9:45 a.m. in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza, with a speech by N.C. Rep. David Price, a Democrat who represents Orange County and most of Wake County. Protesters will then walk through downtown, past the state capitol and legislative building and to the Halifax Mall at the state government complex, where there will be more speeches from local politicians, activists and the student organizers.

TRUMP ISSUES LATE FRIDAY ORDER BANNING TRANSGENDER TROOPS IN MILITARY: President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from serving. The White House said retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” — those who may require substantial medical treatment — “presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.” The new policy was promptly assailed by congressional Democrats and civil rights groups. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “No one with the strength & bravery to serve in the U.S. military should be turned away because of who they are. This hateful ban is purpose-built to humiliate our brave transgender members of the military who serve with honor & dignity.”

JOHN BOLTON SUPER PAC USED CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA TO PROMOTE AGGRESSIVE FOREIGN POLICY: A super PAC created by President Donald Trump's new national security adviser John Bolton was one of the earliest U.S. clients of the now-embattled data company Cambridge Analytica, which targeted voters to help boost Bolton's national security agenda, records show. The John Bolton Super PAC, led by the former diplomat and foreign policy hard-liner, paid Cambridge Analytica more than $1.1 million in the 2014 and 2016 cycles for research, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Hedge fund executive Robert Mercer, who financed the data-science firm with at least $10 million, has been the largest donor to Bolton's super PAC, giving $5 million since the 2014 cycle, according to FEC records. Bolton's super PAC first hired Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections in the summer 2014 to provide microtargeting and boost the super PAC's advocacy on national security issues, according to a copy of the signed contract Wylie provided to The Post.