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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s House speaker says the
president of the state NAACP owes his chamber an apology for
disruptive behavior in the gallery that led to seven arrests.

Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius also told reporters Wednesday
he didn’t think it was appropriate to meet with the Rev. William
Barber right now because of a police investigation into his
activity Tuesday. Barber and six others were arrested after a group
started chanting during the floor session and were charged with
disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Tillis said he’d meet with other representatives of the civil
rights group.

Barber was released from jail early Wednesday. He scheduled a
news conference later at a Raleigh church.

Activists were voicing opposition to proposed budget cuts and
legislation they say would hurt education and voting rights.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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