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High-ranking U.S. military officer to stand trial for raping junior female officer

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) – Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial on a sexual assault charge that could send him to prison for life gets underway on Tuesday, one of the few such proceedings against a top U.S. military officer in recent decades. Sinclair, 51, is…

Second coal ash dump leak sends arsenic-laced toxins into North Carolina river

North Carolina on Tuesday ordered Duke Energy Corp to plug a leak of contaminated wastewater from a decommissioned power plant, which authorities in the state said might be leaking into a river that supplies drinking water. The arsenic-laced discharge from a 36-inch stormwater pipe was the second this month from…

North Carolina’s Duke Energy plant reports coal-ash spill

With fallout from the West Virginia chemical spill into the Elk River still ongoing, a new coal related spill in North Carolina calls new attention to the clean coal conundrum. The spill originated from a stormwater drain connected to a Duke Energy……

Meet ‘wacko bird’ Greg Brannon, the tea party’s secession-backing, public school-hating hopeful

A tea party candidate whose role model was an unrepentant segregationist and has spoken to a group that supports Southern secession said he’s eager to join the U.S. Senate’s “wacko bird caucus,” and he’s got some big-name supporters. Republican Greg Brannon said he moved to North Carolina due to his…

North Carolina 3-year-old shoots another 3-year-old after parents leave rifle in playroom

Two North Carolina parents are facing multiple charges after police said that one 3-year-old child accidentally shot another 3-year-old child near Asheboro this week. According to WXII, deputies believe that 27-year-old William Monroe Simmons’ daughter was in a playroom unattended when the other 3-year-old shot her with a .22-caliber rifle…

Police shooting death of black car crash victim could test North Carolina’s ‘stand your ground’ law

A North Carolina homicide case could test the state’s “stand your ground” law. A Charlotte police officer was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell after the former college football player was involved in a serious single-car crash last month. Ferrell had crashed into a…

North Carolina GOP Rep: I’m taking my paycheck during shutdown because I need it

North Carolina’s U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmer (R) stirred outrage on Thursday when she said in a TV interview that unlike some members of the Republican caucus in Washington, she will not be foregoing her paycheck during the GOP-led shutdown of the federal government. According to Talking Points Memo, Ellmer said…

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina’s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country. Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to…

Holder: Restrictive North Carolina voting law ‘an intentional attempt to break a system that was working’

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department will be filing suit against the State of North Carolina for its highly restrictive new voting regulations. These regulations have been harshly criticized by many in North Carolina. “It is an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the result of…

North Carolina Republicans overrule governor to vote in favor of welfare drug testing

The North Carolina state Senate voted Wednesday to overrule Gov. Pat McCreary’s veto against testing applicants for public assistance for drugs and implement the policy anyway. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC), the state House voted Tuesday to move forward with the tests, which will…

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