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US Supreme Court to Review Ruling on NC Congressional Districts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider North Carolina’s appeal of a court ruling that said state lawmakers relied too heavily on race in drawing congressional districts. The justices on Monday added the case to their calendar for the fall. A panel of three judges struck down two majority black congressional districts and ordered the state to redraw its congressional map. North Carolina did so and held primaries in the reconfigured congressional districts on June 7. Voters challenged the new districts as well, but the same judges allowed the primaries to take place. The case is McCrory v....

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NBA Awaiting Changes to HB2 Before Final Decision on Charlotte All-Star Game

Adam Silver has steadfastly refused to set any deadlines for when the NBA would decide on moving the 2017 All-Game in Charlotte if a hotly debated North Carolina law hasn’t been changed. In a way, he did before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, even as he said he’s been pleased by the direction of the discussions. Silver said the NBA would need to see definitive progress toward changing the law by the end of Summer to ensure that All-Star weekend remains in Charlotte. “I don’t see how we would get past this summer without knowing...

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Judge Dismisses Student-Athlete Lawsuit Against UNC

A Mecklenburg County judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of North Carolina athletes alleged the school failed to provide them and other athletes a quality education by directing them toward sham classes. Superior Court Judge Richard Ervin cited arguments by attorneys representing UNC that said both the statute of limitations and sovereign immunity prevented former football player James Arnold and former basketball player Leah Metcalf from pursuing their case. Cyrus Mehri, an attorney for the athletes, said he would take the case next to the N.C. Court of Appeals. He said the case not only impacts...

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Remembering Harper Lee’s Impact on the South

Harper Lee, the elusive author whose “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an enduring best-seller and classic film with its child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died. She was 89. HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis confirmed the author’s death to The Associated Press on Friday. For most of her life, Lee divided her time between New York City, where she wrote the novel in the 1950s, and her hometown of Monroeville, which inspired the book’s fictional Maycomb. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, is the story of a girl nicknamed Scout growing up in a...

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UNC Football Reserve Arrested in Raleigh

A reserve football player for North Carolina has been arrested on an assault charge hours after the Tar Heels beat North Carolina State. Police in Raleigh say cornerback Tyreece Jiles got into a fight with an employee at a nightclub near downtown at about 3 a.m. Sunday. He was charged with simple assault and released from jail on a $1,200 bond. He is due in court Monday. The university did not immediately comment. Jiles is a 21-year-old senior from Cape Coral, Florida. He has made one career start and has one tackle in eight games this season. He’s listed...

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Victim’s Family Files Suit Against Wrong-Way I-85 Crash Suspect

The family of a Charlotte woman killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 85 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Multiple media outlets report that attorneys for the family of 46-year-old Darlene McGee said Tuesday they want punitive and compensatory damages from 20-year-old Chandler Michael Kania. The UNC-Chapel Hill student faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder. The N.C. Highway Patrol says Kania was driving north in the southbound lanes near the split of I-85 and Interstate 40 in Orange County on July 19 when his Jeep Wrangler collided with a Suzuki. Killed were McGee and 49-year-old Felicia Harris, also of Charlotte, and 6-year-old...

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Newly Unsealed Documents Detail Hawkins Payments in UNC Case

Newly unsealed documents in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels players and set up meetings with agents and financial advisers trying to sign them to contracts. Christopher Hawkins was arrested in May for providing former player Robert Quinn thousands of dollars and helping him sell game-used equipment in 2010, along with improperly contacting a UNC player in 2013 to talk about representation. According to five search warrants unsealed Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press, Hawkins acted as “an agent/runner” by...

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