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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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Maria Brings Evacuation on North Carolina Island

An evacuation is underway on an island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moves north. The Hyde County Sheriff’s office said the evacuation began at 5 a.m. Monday on Ocracoke Island. It’s not immediately clear how many residents and visitors are heeding the order to leave. The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning from Cape Lookout to Duck on the Outer Banks. A tropical storm watch was in effect from Surf City to Cape Lookout and from Duck to the North Carolina-Virginia state line. Hyde County commissioners ordered the evacuation on the island still suffering...

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Panel Weighs Governor Request to Move Confederate Monuments

The future location of three Confederate memorials on North Carolina’s old Capitol grounds could depend on a state panel asked by the governor to move the monuments to a Civil War battle site. The North Carolina Historical Commission is meeting Friday to consider Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to relocate the monuments to Bentonville Battlefield, south of Raleigh. The memorials include a 75-foot-tall (23-meter-tall) obelisk remembering all of the state’s Confederate dead and two smaller statutes. State law limits relocations to places of similar honor, prominence and visibility. Republican legislators say Bentonville doesn’t meet the requirement and suggest someone...

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Report: Smoke Seen Before Fatal Crash of Medical Helicopter

A preliminary report by a federal agency says witnesses saw dark smoke before a medical helicopter crashed in North Carolina, killing the four people on board. The report by the National Transportation Safety Board says one witness also said the Duke Life Flight helicopter was “hovering” and “not traveling forward” before it crashed Sept. 8 in Hertford in northeastern North Carolina, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) east of Raleigh. The report also says the on-board audio and video unit suffered heat damage while the memory device remained intact. Killed were nurses Kris Harrison and Crystal Sollinger; pilot Jeff Burke;...

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Court: State, Not Counties Accountable for Poor School Funds

A North Carolina appeals court says students and parents still fighting for sufficient school funding decades after they were guaranteed the right to a sound, basic education should make demands of the governor and legislators, not county officials. A divided state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that schoolchildren can’t sue Halifax County commissioners over funding for the county’s segregated public school districts. Lawyers say though substandard Halifax County Schools’ buildings sometimes force students to walk through sewage to reach their lockers, they get less local tax dollars than the majority white Roanoke Rapids schools. Judges split 2-1 in ruling...

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ERA Supporters Work for Support on N Carolina Campuses

Advocates of the Equal Rights Amendment are seeking to build support for it again in North Carolina on college campuses this week while showing a film about challenges for women in America. ERA supporters planned a meeting Friday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill featuring national and state ratification movement leaders, including Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal. The discussion also was to feature a Nevada legislator who helped get the amendment ratified in her state in March. The film was being shown on other state campuses this week. North Carolina never ratified the amendment sent...

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8 Hurt at Fort Bragg in Demolitions Training

The Army says eight special operations soldiers were training with demolitions when they were injured at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The Army’s Special Operations Command said the students hurt Thursday were from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and they were at a range on base. Their injuries came one day after 15 Marines were hospitalized when their amphibious vehicle caught fire at Camp Pendleton in California. Also, a soldier was killed Tuesday night during hoist training for medical helicopter evacuations at Fort Hood in...

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Democrats Remain Skeptical of Judicial Remapping

Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly remain suspicious about an effort by Republicans to redraw election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors. A special House panel examining judicial redistricting met for the first time Tuesday, with a goal of passing proposed boundaries in time for the full chamber to consider them when the legislature reconvenes in early October. The panel chairman — GOP Rep. Justin Burr — rolled out proposed maps in June and says he’s spent the summer meeting with judicial officials across the state to get feedback. He says initial maps could be updated...

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Audit: Troopers Violated Policy with Long Work Commutes

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says it has addressed recent problems in a state audit with some patrol administrators and troopers violating agency policy by commuting large distances to work. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office released Monday her investigation’s findings, originating from a tip to the office’s hotline. The audit found eight troopers last year failed to maintain their primary residence in the county where they worked or within 20 miles of the county line. Some officers lived more than 100 miles away. The report says the distances they drove with assigned vehicles increased maintenance costs and may have...

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