Higher rewards from NC gov may soon be possible

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- There soon could be more financial inducements at the disposal of North Carolina's governor to help capture fugitives and solve serious crimes.

The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill to increase the maximum reward money a governor could give to someone who catches a notorious suspect or provides information leading to someone's arrest and conviction.

State law currently allows the governor to offer rewards of up to $10,000. The bill approved Monday night and heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk raises the amount to $100,000.

Sen. Shirley Randleman told the Senate that law enforcement officials asked for the higher maximum reward, which has not changed since the 1960s.

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