NC group reviewing man's conviction in death
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:28pm.

A North Carolina group is reviewing the case of a man convicted of killing a University of North Carolina Charlotte student more than six years ago. The Charlotte Observer reported the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence is investigating claims that 46-year-old Mark Carver was wrongly convicted of killing Irina Yarmolenko.

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Vos: System for investigating deaths 'underfunded'
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:37pm.

State Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos says North Carolina's system for investigating suspicious deaths has been "chronically understaffed and underfunded."

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Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:39pm.

A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon will be on trial in military court on desertion and other charges. A news release Friday says a Marine general has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial. No date has been set.

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Linamar Corp. adding 125 auto parts jobs in NC
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:32pm.

An auto parts manufacturer is being offered $1.4 million in incentives to add 125 North Carolina jobs that pay average salaries lower than the local average.

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Graham appearing with NC Senate hopeful Tillis
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:50pm.

The cavalcade of notable Republicans helping Thom Tillis' U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina now includes Sen. Lindsey Graham. South Carolina's senior senator planned an appearance with Tillis on Friday afternoon in Charlotte to discuss national security issues. President Barack Obama's military actions against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are a likely topic.

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Ex-NFL player sentenced for role in mortgage fraud
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:28pm.

A former NFL player has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison and two years of supervised release for his role in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins says 43-year-old Jimmy Hitchcock was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty in June 2013 to mortgage fraud conspiracy, bank bribery conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.

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Duke Energy creates $10 million waterway fund
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:23pm.

Duke Energy says it's creating a $10 million fund for programs to improve and promote water quality and conservation in five states. Duke president Lynn Good said Wednesday the fund reflects the company's commitment to the environment. Nonprofit groups and local governments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia can apply for the money.

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NC man charged in teenager's hit-and-run death
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:15pm.

Authorities say a Clayton man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old boy waiting for a school bus at his home. Multiple media outlets report 28-year-old Efren Vences was in court on Wednesday, and he apologized for the death of Keith Jones. Vences is charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.

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Fort Bragg soldier pleads to stealing fuel
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:08pm.

A Fort Bragg soldier will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to stealing more than a million gallons of fuel from an American base in Afghanistan. The Fayetteville Observer reports that 32-year-old Sgt. Christopher Ciampa of Lillington pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery and conspiracy to defraud the government.

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Experts see improved outlook for fall leaves in NC
Submitted by Makenzi Henderson on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 9:39pm.

An expert on fall foliage who had earlier said leaf colors in the North Carolina mountains would be below average is changing her forecast The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Western Carolina University resident leaf color expert Kathy Matthews says relatively dry conditions over the last month, along with cooling temperatures, have improved the outlook.

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