Wednesday News: The whole point of the Blue Wave


GOVERNOR COOPER PREDICTS "BORN ALIVE" VETO WILL BE SUSTAINED: As for the "born-alive" abortion survivors bill, the House is slated to attempt an override vote on his veto Wednesday. The Senate already voted to overturn the veto, but Republican leadership faces more difficult numbers in the House, where they hold a majority but will need to pull more Democrats to reach the three-fifths threshold needed. "I think the veto will be sustained," Cooper said. "We need to move on from these divisive social and political issues and talk about the real issues facing the people of North Carolina: education, health care, bringing good-paying jobs." Override vote will be held at 2 p.m. in the NC House.

NEW CHARLOTTE ABORTION CLINIC DEMONSTRATES DIFFERENCES IN ACCESS STATE-TO-STATE: In Charlotte, the group’s national president helped cut the ribbon for a new health clinic near uptown that offers abortion services. In St. Louis, the group was in court fighting to keep Missouri’s last abortion clinic open. “There’s no question that abortion care hangs by a thread,” Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood’s national president, told the Observer. “This is a state of emergency for women’s health.” Wen was in Charlotte to inaugurate the group’s new facility off Kings Drive. When it opens to patients next month, it will be Charlotte’s fourth abortion clinic and the newest among more than a dozen in the state. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, only two Southern states — Florida and Georgia — have more abortion clinics than North Carolina.

HOMELAND SECURITY WILL LOOK AT DURHAM LAPTOPS USED IN 2016 ELECTION RE RUSSIAN HACKING: On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security told The Washington Post it will conduct a forensic analysis of the laptops used in Durham County elections in 2016. Lawson said North Carolina first asked the department to conduct such a review more than 18 months ago, though he added that DHS has generally been a “good partner” on election security. “We appreciate the Department of Homeland Security’s willingness to make this a priority so the lingering questions from 2016 can be addressed in advance of 2020,” said Karen Brinson Bell, the newly appointed executive director of the State Board of Elections. The FBI now says two counties in Florida were breached. The bureau has not publicly named the counties, and it did not disclose them to state officials until the Mueller report touched off a demand for answers.

STUDY LINKS VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES TO ACTUAL GUN VIOLENCE: The Ohio State University study surveyed more than 200 children ages 8 to 12. Some played games that involved a sword or gun while others played a non-violent version of the same game. Researchers found children who played the more violent video games were more likely to touch a real handgun and more likely to pull the trigger at themselves and at others. According to the study, Among resource-rich countries, the United States has the highest rate of child mortality by unintentional firearm use. To many, the findings are not at all surprising. "I was not allowed to play video games for that reason," said Liz Aimone, a Raleigh resident. "It's kind of scary to see that you're like, playing a character, but you're stealing cars, beating up people, shooting people...I'm not a fan."

DEPUTY WHO HID DURING PARKLAND SHOOTING ARRESTED: As bullets ricocheted and bodies fell in the hallways and classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, Deputy Scot Peterson was outside the building. Instead of storming in after the 19-year-old gunman, he retreated to a position of safety. For more than a year after the February 2018 attack in Parkland, Fla., grieving parents have demanded that Mr. Peterson — along with the gunman who killed 17 and injured 17 — be held accountable in what would prove to be one of the nation’s worst school shootings. On Tuesday, law enforcement responded with a sweeping list of charges that resulted in Mr. Peterson’s arrest. His alleged crime: failing to protect the students. “You could have saved some of the 17,” Mr. Guttenberg added, addressing Mr. Peterson. “You could have saved my daughter. You did not and then you lied about it and you deserve the misery coming your way.” Mr. Peterson, 56, who had been suspended in the immediate aftermath of the attack and later resigned, faces 11 charges of neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury. He was booked into the Broward County jail with a bond of $102,000.