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Attorneys: 2 arrested by immigration officials at courthouse
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Defense attorneys say immigration agents detained two men at a North Carolina courthouse.
The Charlotte Observer reports the arrests Wednesday appear to be the first since new Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden stopped participating in a program assisting immigration authorities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement previously said it could use other ways to find suspects if they can’t take them into custody at the jail.
Defense attorney Bob Trobich told the newspaper his client, Leonardo Hernandez, was arrested Wednesday by ICE agents after arriving for a hearing on charges including kidnapping.
Trobich and Assistant Public Defender Rex Marvel say they saw ICE agents arrest a second man walking into a courtroom. His name wasn’t clear.
An ICE spokesman didn’t immediately respond to emailed questions.



Police: Suspect armed with knife when officer killed him
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities believe a suspect in a pair of armed robberies was armed with a knife when a police officer shot and killed him in the parking lot of a North Carolina shopping center.
Lt. Brad Koch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Thursday that investigators believe 32-year-old Michael Daniel Kelley brandished a knife before Officer Timothy Kiefer fatally shot him Wednesday.
A department statement says Kiefer shot Kelley after the suspect ran toward him and ignored the officer’s commands. The statement also says investigators recovered a knife at the scene of the shooting.
Kiefer is a dog handler and a 12-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure for police shootings.
Koch says the officer is white, and so was Kelley.



Federal funding likely to fall short for new RDU runway
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The president of Raleigh-Durham International Airport says federal funding for a runway replacement will likely fall far short of what was initially expected.
Michael Landguth tells The News & Observer that he expected half or more of the estimated $350 million cost to be covered by the federal government, but Federal Aviation Administration officials have told him to expect only around 10 percent of the cost.
RDU officials plan to use politicians and business groups to make the case for more funding. The FAA couldn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment because of the partial federal government shutdown.
The federal agency approved the airport’s 25-year master plan in December 2017. RDU plans to build a runway more than 2 miles (3 kilometers) long to accommodate nonstop flights to Asia.



Ex-NFL player purchases North Carolina media platform
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A former Carolina Panthers running back has purchased a popular local media platform in the North Carolina city home to the team.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Charlotte Lately announced Wednesday that Jonathan Stewart and his wife, Natalie, have purchased the company. Charlotte Lately started as an Instagram handle in 2015, and has grown to include a print publication and events.
Founder Courtney Schramm said in a statement that the Stewarts will continue using the platform to foster “authenticity, creativity and connection.” The statement didn’t include the terms of the deal.
Stewart was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2008 draft. He was cut last February, and signed with the New York Giants. Natalie Stewart says the family has just moved back and plans to stay.



Veteran North Carolina journalist Gene Price dies at 90
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Veteran North Carolina journalist Hillery Eugene “Gene” Price has died. He was 90.
Sue Price Johnson, his daughter and former Associated Press staffer, said her father died at a hospice in Raleigh on Wednesday after a long illness.
Gene Price became editor emeritus at the Goldsboro News-Argus after spending nearly five decades there.
Prior to his work in Goldsboro, Price worked at The Independent in his hometown of Elizabeth City, The Daily Reflector in Greenville and at The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.
Two governors awarded Price the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and he was inducted in 2011 into the University of North Carolina’s Media and Journalism Hall of Fame.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Goldsboro.



North Carolina speaker, schools chief pitching bond question
ERWIN, N.C. (AP) – A top North Carolina lawmaker and an education leader are starting to make their pitch for the General Assembly to approve a nearly $2 billion public education construction bond referendum.
House Speaker Tim Moore and state schools Superintendent Mark Johnson planned to headline a forum Thursday about the bond idea at a Harnett County elementary school.
Moore said last month he would press in 2019 for a statewide bond package that would largely benefit K-12 public schools but also University of North Carolina and community college system campuses. Moore’s proposal would ultimately let voters decide in 2020 whether the state should borrow.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper also has expressed support for a school bond package.



Prosecutors: Woman collected federal benefits for fake son
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a military widow has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for falsely claiming to have a son so she could collect more than $100,000 in veterans and Social Security benefits.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports a federal indictment accused 61-year-old Elizabeth Hayes Cox of stealing more than $68,000 in Social Security money and another $44,000 from the Department of Veterans Affairs between 2000 and 2017 on behalf of a fictitious son.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that Cox had married a disabled veteran while he was in prison and presented a fraudulent birth certificate to receive payments for their made-up dependent child named Oliver.
U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle ordered Cox to report to federal prison by the end of February and pay $113,000 restitution.



North Carolina congressman breaks hip in fall at home
FARMVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones has undergone surgery for a broken hip suffered at his home.
A statement on his webpage said the 75-year-old Jones underwent surgery on Tuesday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. His office said he has already begun rehabilitation. No further details were immediately available Wednesday.
In December, The Herald-Sun of Durham reported the 3rd District lawmaker missed the last 27 roll call votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, dating back to late September.
Also in December, Jones was granted a leave of absence for the rest of 2018. His office said he planned to return to Washington on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress. However, WITN in Greenville reported Jones took the oath of office at his Farmville home.



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