WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation. The justices ruled Monday that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the two districts. Both districts have since been redrawn and the state conducted elections under the new congressional map in 2016.
FRANKLIN, Mass. (AP) - The body of a missing Duke University student has been found in woods along a Massachusetts highway near his hometown. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said Monday that the state medical examiner has informed him that the body found Saturday afternoon in dense woods and thick underbrush near Interstate 495 was 20-year-old Michael Doherty, of Franklin, Massachusetts.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has given final approval to a scaled-back version of a hotly debated transgender "bathroom bill" similar to one in North Carolina that caused national uproar last year. The issue appeared stalled until late Sunday, when the House attached an amendment affecting public and charter schools to an unrelated bill on campus safety. The move means transgender students likely can't use the bathroom of their choice but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.
ELON, N.C. (AP) - A Connecticut family is giving a university in North Carolina $5 million to expand its library. Elon University said Robert and Dilek Koenigsberger of Greenwich, Connecticut, are giving the school the money. Their daughter Amber received her bachelor's degree from Elon on Saturday. The expansion is expected to open in fall 2018.
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