App:

You can search for outdoor activities on Piedmont Discovery

GREENSBORO — The cities of Greensboro and High Point and Guilford County have partnered to launch Piedmont Discovery, a mobile phone app where residents and visitors can search for hundreds of local parks, trails and recreational opportunities.

The app allows users to find outdoor amenities like trails, playgrounds or dog parks, as well as indoor recreation areas and facilities owned by Greensboro, High Point or Guilford County, Greensboro said in a news release. App users can search for parks or trails nearest to them, find directions, and connect with local parks department websites for more details about each location.

The app, designed by Greensboro’s information technology department, also lets users explore trails based on their difficulty and terrain.

The app is available in the Google Play Store, the Apple Store and at www.piedmontdiscoveryapp.com.

Bill:

Measure to expunge some criminal records moves forward

RALEIGH — A bill easing requirements to wipe some criminal records clean is advancing through North Carolina’s legislature.

The measure that cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday automates expunctions for criminal charges that don’t result in convictions and allows offenders to clear multiple nonviolent misdemeanor or low level felony convictions from their records. Criminal justice reform advocates say the bill gives offenders a second chance to reintegrate into society.

The committee amended the bill to allow law enforcement access to expunged records when someone applies for a law enforcement job.

Some lawmakers worried the bill could create extra work for clerks who must process the automatic expunctions, but they still supported it.

The bill passed the Senate in May and now heads to another House committee.

Penalty:

Move-over law changes to help protect first responders

RALEIGH — Legislators are increasing the criminal penalty for motorists who violate the state’s move-over law and a first responder dies or is seriously injured.

The Senate agreed on Wednesday to House changes to the bill, which responds to the December death of a Lumberton officer struck by a passing car during an investigation.

The move-over law requires motorists to change lanes or otherwise slow down when they approach police cruisers with flashing emergency lights. The bill heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk would create a more severe felony when serious injury or death occurs, with possible prison time for someone with an otherwise clean record.

The final bill also makes it unlawful for vehicles to use flashing or strobing amber lights, with exceptions.

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— Staff and Wire Reports

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