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NC innocence case hinges on mentally ill man's confession

Aug. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A three-judge panel that will consider whether a convicted killer is actually innocent will hear arguments about the credibility of the man's confession, during which he wore a Superman-like cape and compared himself to Dracula. The hearing for James Blackmon begins Tuesday in a...

Police investigate fatal shooting in Raleigh

Aug. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, in an area popular for bars and restaurants. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports it happened about 3:57 a.m. Police say a man was found at an intersection with a gunshot wound. He was taken to WakeMed...

Gov. Cooper plan seeks to cut greenhouse gases

Aug. 17, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's administration is proposing a plan to reduce greenhouse gases. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the plan calls for cutting greenhouse gases from electricity production by 60% to 70% of 2005 levels by 2030, with a goal of getting to zero...

He died fleeing a hurricane, nobody has claimed his body

Aug. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Shannon Godwin was putting plywood on the windows of his home the day before Hurricane Florence was expected to make landfall when he got the call. The Columbus County 911 center was on the line: A man had been riding a moped out on U.S. 74 when he was hit from behind by a pickup...

College official resigns in wake of Twitter comments

Aug. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university official has resigned from his post in the wake of complaints by conservative activists about his Twitter posts that made disparaging comments about Republicans. News outlets report N.C. State University confirmed that vice chancellor and dean for student...

N Carolina high court: DA can't repeat dropped murder charge

Aug. 16, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court says protections that block prosecutors from repeatedly pursuing criminal charges against someone for the same crime still apply in some cases when prosecutors want to reinstate dropped charges after police find new evidence. The state Supreme Court on...

Novelist Sparks: Ex-school head started fires he put out

Aug. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was gripped by one small crisis after another and demanding too much of his attention until the headmaster he initially championed was cut loose, the writer said Thursday. Sparks testified...

Records: Land taxes went unpaid by Rep. Meadows' business

Aug. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of dollars in property taxes on land owned by Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows' business went unpaid because the western North Carolina congressman says he didn't know about the bills. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Bertie County tax office began recording...

Trump nominates law professor for judicial vacancy

Aug. 15, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and journalist to fill the nation's longest federal judiciary vacancy. Trump nominated Richard E. Myers on Wednesday to be a trial judge in the Eastern District of North...

Author Sparks denies lawsuit claims that he defamed educator

Aug. 14, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Author Nicholas Sparks was balancing his entertainment career with overseeing the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown when he concluded the school's new headmaster was a failed experiment, the novelist testified Wednesday in a federal lawsuit. Sparks said...