From the AP:
State lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it illegal to hang a noose or burn a cross while trying to intimidate someone.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Doug Berger, said recent high-profile reports of such displays both in and outside North Carolina convinced him to introduce the legislation.
The bill would make the display of a noose or burning cross a low-grade felony punishable by up to around two years in prison.
But the display must be designed to intimidate someone who is of another race, color, creed, nationality or country of origin.
Berger said the bill contains the specific criteria to avoid infringing on an individual's First Amendment rights.
It's already a misdemeanor to engage in ethnic intimidation in North Carolina.
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A House panel is considering a plan to further restrict riding in open pickup truck beds.
A House judiciary committee is scheduled Tuesday to discuss a bill to prohibit anyone under age 16 from riding in the flatbed of a pickup truck. Current law allows children as young as 12 to ride in the area without a seat belt.
The bill also would remove a loophole that allows passengers of any age to ride in the cargo areas if they're being driven in a rural area.
The plan has already been approved by another committee that studies child and family issues. It needs the approval of both the House and the Senate before it can be sent to Gov. Mike Easley's desk for his signature.