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Hornets’ Jordan Donates $7 Million to Build Medical Clinics

Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte. It’s the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion. The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, which are projected to open in 2020. Jordan’s spokesperson Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press Monday that he “feels so great about being able to impact the Charlotte community and help people who really deserve it. Michael and Novant are really excited about this project.” Portnoy says Jordan, 54, was motivated by a study that found...

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NAACP Snubs NC Governor, Adding Pressure to Pardon Convict

North Carolina’s NAACP chapter is turning its back on the state’s most prominent Democrat, skipping its traditional invitation for Gov. Roy Cooper to be honored by the group seen as a stalwart backer of Democrats. Cooper’s office on Friday declined to comment on the civil rights group’s decision to shut out the governor from its annual convention this weekend. Cooper says he’s disappointed. State NAACP President Rev. William Barber told Cooper last week the governor and former state attorney general hasn’t done enough to free 42-year-old Dontae Sharpe. Barber wants a pardon for the convicted killer imprisoned for 22...

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Chemical-Maker Sued Over Drinking Water Pollutant Fears

A North Carolina man’s federal lawsuit contends chemical-makers for years released little-understood compounds into the drinking water for hundreds of thousands, hurting property values while the companies profited. Wilmington resident Brent Nix this week filed a federal lawsuit against The Chemours Co. and DuPont. He’s seeking compensation for lost property values and possible health problems. Nix wants the lawsuit to include more than 200,000 people served by a Wilmington water utility as well as others in the region who consumed household water. A Chemours spokesman did not respond Friday to an opportunity to comment. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company has...

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Police Find Stolen Construction Equipment in North Carolina

Police say they have found stolen construction equipment at a man’s home in North Carolina. Durham police said Wednesday they found a crane stolen from a worksite two weeks ago at the home of 34-year-old Jeffrey Jeffries. Investigators said they found several other pieces of equipment at Jones’ home. They said the crane had been missing since Sept. 18. Police say they also found a tree company’s truck and trailer, a construction truck and two mini excavators. Jeffries is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor...

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UNC: School Still Awaiting NCAA Ruling in Academic Case

North Carolina says it is still awaiting a ruling from an NCAA infractions committee panel handling the school’s multi-year academic case. In a statement Thursday, UNC spokesman Joel Curran says the school hasn’t received the public report that would include any potential penalties. Curran says it won’t come Friday due to “scheduling circumstances,” but didn’t elaborate further. Curran says the school expects to learn about 24 hours in advance of the release. In an email, NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn says no infractions announcement is scheduled for Friday but didn’t elaborate further. UNC appeared before the infractions panel in August...

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NC Utility Head on Drinking Water: OK as Far as He Knows

The head of the agency providing drinking water to more than 200,000 people in and around Wilmington says unregulated and little-studied chemicals in the Cape Fear River don’t make the water unsafe — as far as he knows. Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director Jim Flechtner told legislators in Raleigh on Tuesday that its water meets all regulations. He says the problem is too little is known about emerging pollutants to know whether they’re unhealthy or OK. The state Senate committee is investigating chemicals in the state’s rivers, especially the chemical GenX, used in making Teflon, which the...

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Supreme Court Divided Over Partisan Districting

The Supreme Court’s liberals and conservatives appear divided about striking down a Wisconsin redistricting plan because it is excessively partisan. The case is Gill v. Whitford – and the big question, after an hour-long argument Tuesday, is what Justice Anthony Kennedy thinks. The answer could reshape American politics. The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform has long called for changes to the redistricting process – ending partisan gerrymandering and giving the power to an independent commission rather than allowing lawmakers to draw their own districts. Director Jane Pinsky discussed Gill v. Whitford with Aaron Keck on WCHL....

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NC Legislators Mull What to Do About Chemicals in Rivers

North Carolina legislators are grappling with the growing knowledge that industries have discharged unstudied chemicals into the state’s waters for years. A special state House committee on Thursday heard from health and environmental experts about the unregulated chemical GenX in the drinking water for more than 200,000 people in and around Wilmington. State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore says the compound made at The Chemours Co.’s Bladen County plant might be hazardous to humans, but there’s been too little research to know for sure. Moore says the chemical is just one of many chemicals without studies showing how much is...

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Tar Heels Lose Top WR Proehl to Season-Ending Injury

Add more names to North Carolina’s growing list of season-ending injuries, including top receiver Austin Proehl. The school released its injury report Thursday night ahead of Saturday’s trip to Georgia Tech. That included Proehl, defensive tackle Tyler Powell, tight end Carl Tucker and receiver Rontavius Groves being out for the season, pushing the list of season-ending injuries to 13. Among those injuries, Proehl had his left arm was in a sling on the sideline during last week’s loss to Duke. Powell crumpled to the turf grabbing his right knee before being helped off. And Groves’ right leg gave out...

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Michael Jordan Weighs in on Trump’s Disinvite of Warriors

Michael Jordan is voicing his support for freedom of speech and peaceful protest following President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind an invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to celebrate with Trump at the White House. Warriors star Stephen Curry said on Friday that he didn’t want to go to the White House and Trump said the next day that he was no longer invited. Jordan tells the Charlotte Observer in a statement that “those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized.” The Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend adds that...

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