North Carolina

North Carolina deer harvest dips this season

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina deer harvest fell this past season, although experts say the long-term harvest trend remains up. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports ( that all nine North Carolina districts reported declines, although the rates varied wildly, from 1.2 percent to 14.1 percent. State hunters reported 149,811 deer killed during the 2016-2017 hunting season, down 7.8 percent from the 2015-2016 season.

2 gang members sentenced for deaths of prosecution witnesses

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn didn't mince his words in describing the 2014 shooting deaths of a South Carolina couple who had been scheduled to testify in a criminal case. "It's probably not the most brutal there ever was," Cogburn said, "but it was brutal. They were essentially executed.

Senate completes its part in overriding elections board veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Senate Republicans have quickly completed their part in overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying a second time to combine the state elections board and ethics commission. The Senate voted Monday night with no debate by a margin exceeding the three-fifths majority necessary to cancel a veto. The measure now goes to the House. The bill would become law with a similar House vote.

North Carolina class-size proposal phases in lower caps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republicans late Monday unveiled compromise legislation to prevent North Carolina school districts from potentially having to cut supplemental programs or that could cause crowding in other classrooms next fall. The measure is intended to meet more slowly a mandate to reduce average class sizes in early grades.

Sacked: Outer Banks plastic bag ban would go in Senate bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A 2009 law prohibiting Outer Banks retailers from providing plastic bags to customers would be repealed in a wide-ranging environmental measure that's gone through the state Senate. The bill approved Monday night on a mostly party-line vote favoring Republicans would do away with the program, which supporters say keeps beaches clean and protects wildlife.

Litigation between Cooper, legislative leaders costing $760K

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Outside legal costs in the fight between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina legislative leaders over laws approved before Cooper took office reducing his powers have mounted quickly. The Insider news service reported Monday that lawmakers and Cooper's office have paid or been billed more than $760,000 in attorneys' fees since January related to litigation about those laws.

Attorneys general: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers

BOSTON (AP) -- Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last year under President Barack Obama.

The Latest: Rains cause problems across North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on storms in North Carolina (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Two days of continuous rain is creating problems across North Carolina. Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation are warning motorists to be wary of pooling water on roadways as rain kept falling on Monday. In Raleigh, a section of Glenwood Avenue between Brier Creek Parkway and T.W.

2 charged for indecent liberties with North Carolina teen

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities in North Carolina say two people are facing charges after a man was accused of inappropriate contact with a teenage girl. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office told local media outlets that deputies went to a home outside of Greenville on Saturday in response to a call about a dispute.

Man accused of trafficking minors for sex to help make bail

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A man conspired with his wife and mother to traffic three minors for sex in South Carolina to help him make bail, federal prosecutors said Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release that Zerrell Fuentes, 22, his wife, Brianna Wright, 24, and his mother, Tanya Fuentes, 53, each face a number of sex trafficking charges. A federal grand jury issued an eight-count indictment on Friday.

Mother, son, his child found dead in apparent murder-suicide

YORK, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania mother, her son and his 3-year-old daughter have been found shot to death in what authorities say was an apparent murder-suicide stemming from a custody dispute over the child. Officers who were asked to check on the occupants of a Manchester Township home Sunday night found the three family members dead with gunshot wounds, the Northern York County Regional Police Department said Monday.

Duke gets $20 million for first-time student scholarships

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke University has received $20 million for a scholarship program for first-generation, minority students. The school announced Monday that Board of Trustees Chairman David Rubenstein is giving the school the money to endow the scholarship program that started this year as the Washington Duke Scholars Program. It will now be known as David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program. The program now has 30 undergraduates who receive loan-free scholarships for four years.

NC governor's judicial pick marks small win in war with GOP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Democratic governor needed just 15 minutes Monday to replace a resigning Republican judge with an openly gay replacement on the state's second-highest court, the latest twist in his feud with the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Exploiting an opening before Republican lawmakers were expected to begin shrinking the Court of Appeals, Gov.

Heavy storms leave thousands without power in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Storms moving across North Carolina have left thousands of customers without electricity. The storms dumped up to 4 inches of rain in the Charlotte area. Up to 6 inches could fall in parts of central North Carolina. Duke Energy reported more than 59,000 customers without electricity Monday. More than 48,000 of those customers were in Charlotte. Other significant outages were reported in neighboring Cabarrus County and in the Winston-Salem area.

2 charged after date ends in robbery, stabbing

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A woman has been arrested for conspiring with another man to rob her date, who was stabbed during the incident. The Fayetteville Observer reports ( ) 25-year-old Lechonte-Andrea Ilima Day and 25-year-old Nikita Fuquell Creech face several charges in the robbery of Sylvanus Ralls. Arrest documents say Day set up a date with Ralls and asked him to drive her to a home after the date.

Mixed-use Cary development with Wegmans advances

CARY, N.C. (AP) -- Developers will submit a rezoning request to the town of Cary on Monday, advancing a 2-million-square-foot mixed-use space project. The News & Observer reports ( ) that Columbia Development Group's proposal is expected to bring office and retail space, restaurants, hotels, housing, an amphitheater, green space and a Wegmans grocery store to the 92-acre site, along with thousands of jobs.

2 men charged after bouncer killed in club fight

SEVEN SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) -- A member of a club's security personnel team has died after being assaulted by two men in Seven Springs. News outlets report that 32-year-old Jerry Wayne Anthony Chandler and 27-year-old Dustin Steve Kirk have each been charged with murder in the death of 49-year-old Michael Ray Brinkley. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says in a release that sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Maynard's Night Club around 11 p.m.