Gas shortage and HB2 top the week’s headlines

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It was a busy week of news across the East and North Carolina, as local stories made national headlines.

One of the most talked about stories involved House Bill 2. Several groups pulled their events out of the state, citing the controversial law.

Both the NCAA and ACC pulled championship events scheduled in the state for the 2016-2017 year. The ACC’s decision only impacts events planned at neutral sites.

Greenville was one of the areas impacted by the NCAA’s decision, as the city was scheduled to host the NCAA’s women’s golf regional in May.

“It won’t make it easy when our sales people go out and say we’re from Greenville, North Carolina. The Greenville part is fine, but but what’s going to catch their attention is the North Carolina,” said Andrew Schmidt with the Greenville-Pitt Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Later in the week, Gov. Pat McCrory announced the state was dropping the lawsuit against the Department of Justice over HB2, saying they wanted to consolidate the state’s legal efforts.

McCrory also said he would be willing to call a special session to repeal the law if Charlotte repealed their transgender ordinance first.

Meanwhile in Chapel Hill, UNC sophomore Delaney Robinson broke her silence, accusing Tar Heels linebacker Allen Artis of raping her.

“I’m taking this public stand not for me, but for the other students on campus who are not protected, despite what the university says,” she said.

The football team suspended Artis indefinitely, as the investigation continues.

In the East, Willie Whitehead’s trial began. Whitehead is the suspected mastermind behind the 2012 triple murder at the Hustle Mart in Farmville. If convicted, Whitehead could face life and jail.

And after a pipe leak in Alabama, prices for gas started to shoot up across the East coast. Some stations in the East ran out of gas all together.

State officials have enacted the price gouging law, and ask anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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