It was an intense start to the murder trial of Nashid Porter. This morning at the Pender County Judicial Annex pretrial motions and proceedings were held. Porter will represent himself in the courtroom for the 2012 murder of Brian Grant in Wilmington.
The North Carolina legislature has given final approval to a bill reviving a state commission tasked two years ago with managing the cleanup of more than 30 coal ash pits. Gov. Pat McCrory already has threatened to veto the bill because of a court ruling this year.
A final agreement on how to reconstitute North Carolina's Coal Ash Management Commission and get permanent drinking water to people living near ash pits has cleared one chamber of the General Assembly.
The shooting death of an endangered silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday to rescue a toddler who had fallen into the enclosure has garnered national outrage from animal rights activists and citizens concerned about zoo safety.