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Man Charged in Shooting Originally Thought to be Accident

Authorities say a North Carolina man has been charged in a fatal target shooting that was originally reported as an accident. The News & Record of Greensboro reports that an Alamance County Sheriff’s Office news release says 41-year-old Stephen Adrian Ferriell was arrested Friday and charged with obstruction of justice and voluntary manslaughter. Authorities say the charges stem from the 2016 shooting death of Robert Nelson Gilley II, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest while the two men were target shooting. The newspaper did not report on if Ferriell has a...

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North Carolina’s Altered Legislative Districts Back in Court

North Carolina legislative districts drawn up by Republicans are back in court as federal judges decide whether to accept proposed boundary changes from the third-party expert they appointed. The three-judge panel scheduled a hearing Friday in Greensboro to listen to why a Stanford University law professor they hired as a special master redrew boundaries the way he did. The judges appointed Nathaniel Persily because they were concerned new state House and Senate maps approved by the GOP-controlled legislature last summer failed to remove unlawful racial bias from four districts. House and Senate districts drawn by Republican legislators have been...

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NC Officials: Flu Kills 7 More People, Including Child

State health officials say another seven people have died from influenza, including a child. The report issued for the week ending Dec. 30 lists seven deaths, bringing the total to 20 for this flu season. The child is the second child to die in the 2017-2018 flu season. The state Department of Health and Human Services says the child was between the ages of 5 and 17. DHHS doesn’t provide other identifying details about flu victims. In addition to the two child deaths, 10 elderly people have died along with six ranging in age from 50 to 64 and...

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North Carolina Reports Third Snowstorm Death

North Carolina authorities say a driver slid off a road in snowy conditions and overturned his vehicle, marking the state’s third fatality attributed to a snowstorm sweeping the region. State Emergency Management spokesman Keith Acree says the man died in Beaufort County around 2 a.m. Thursday. The man’s vehicle slid off the road into a ditch and overturned. Acree says the area had a lot of snow, and authorities determined it was a weather-related death. Acree identified the man as 29-year-old Joshua Wayne Biddle of Washington, North Carolina. The Highway Patrol had earlier reported that two men died in...

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As GOP Debates Judicial Changes, Democrats Unlikely to Budge

North Carolina Republicans are trying to agree on new judicial district lines and whether to propose replacing head-to-head elections for judgeships. But it appears unlikely that Gov. Roy Cooper and most fellow Democrats will embrace anything that emerges from the Legislative Building on those topics in 2018. The Senate committee considering broad judicial changes was meeting again Wednesday, a week before options could be officially considered during a special session of the General Assembly. House and Senate GOP leaders have warned that judicial proposals may not be ready for the Jan. 10 session. The next regular work session is...

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Black Student Who Helped Desegregate UNC Dies at 80

One of the first three African-American undergraduate students to successfully challenge racial segregation at North Carolina’s flagship public university has died at the age of 80. Family members said Tuesday that LeRoy Frasier suffered heart failure and died Dec. 29 at a hospital in New York City. He had taught English in New York for many years. Frasier; his brother, Ralph; and John Lewis Brandon were students at Hillside High School in Durham when they applied to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1955. They were rejected until a federal court judge ordered UNC-Chapel Hill to...

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Lawsuit: Duke, UNC Agreed to Not Hire Each Other’s Doctors

The basketball rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina battle is legendary, but a federal lawsuit says the two elite institutions have agreed not to compete in another prestigious area: the market for highly skilled medical workers. The anti-trust complaint by a former Duke radiologist accuses the schools just 10 miles (16 kilometers) apart of secretly conspiring to avoid poaching each other’s professors. If her lawyers succeed in persuading a judge to make it a class action, thousands of faculty, physicians, nurses and other professionals could be affected. “The intended and actual effect of this agreement...

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Vehicle Thefts Rise in N Carolina After 10-Year Decline

Vehicle thefts are on the rise again in North Carolina after a decade-long decline. The State Bureau of Investigation says 15,007 vehicles were stolen in North Carolina in 2016. That was nearly 4,000 more stolen vehicles than the year before, but a steep decline from the nearly 30,000 stolen vehicles reported in 2006. Authorities aren’t sure what caused the increase, but say new technology that allows thieves to intercept a key fob signal and replicate it so the car can be stolen could be a factor. Steven Watkins of the Division of Motor Vehicles told The News & Observer...

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Election, Prescriber Rules Altered with New 2018 Laws

All or portions of roughly 20 state laws take effect Monday in North Carolina, with some changing how judges are elected or how doctors prescribe powerful pain medications. New political parties also have an easier time getting on state ballots, while new drivers will get more information on how to respond when an officer pulls them over. ___ MORE PARTISAN RACES A legislative shift starting two decades ago that ultimately made trial and appellate court races officially nonpartisan affairs comes full circle with two new laws taking effect that make them partisan again. But whether those approved by the...

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3 More North Carolina Flu Deaths Raise Season’s Toll to 12

Three new flu deaths, including the death of a child, have been reported in North Carolina, raising the state’s death toll so far this season to 12. That’s according to numbers released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Health. The deaths were reported between December 17 and 23. The child, who lived in central North Carolina, is the first pediatric death reported in the state for the 2017-2018 flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nine pediatric flu deaths have been reported across the country as of Dec. 16. The CDC says that many children...

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