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NC man wrongfully convicted, imprisoned for 17 years dies
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man who was wrongfully convicted for murder and imprisoned for 17 years has died.
The Innocence Project, a Duke University legal program that helped gain LaMonte Armstrong’s freedom, confirmed in a Friday post that Armstrong had died at 69. It did not list a cause of death.
Armstrong was convicted seven years after the 1988 killing of Ernestine Compton, but won his freedom in 2012 when evidence emerged showing he was not involved.
News outlets report flawed police work may have led to the false conviction.In 2013, Armstrong was issued a state “pardon of innocence” and paid $750,000. He later won $6.42 million from the city of Greensboro.
News outlets report Armstrong was a founding member of a nonprofit group to help “all harmed by wrongful convictions.”



North Carolina wild horse dies after tangled in barbed wire
OUTER BANKS, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Corolla Wild Horse Fund has confirmed a young stallion became tangled in barbed wire near an Outer Banks beach and had to be euthanized.
The Fund posted on Facebook that the 4-year-old horse named Joaquin was spotted caught in a barbed wire fence Thursday. The post said a veterinarian determined his leg couldn’t be saved and euthanasia was “the most humane” option.
The News & Observer reports more than 200 wild horses live among the islands, but two have already died this summer and a third was injured .
The Fund added they’ve feared a horse may get caught in the wire ever since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service installed it.
They say the service has been responsive and meetings are scheduled to consider an alternative.



Volunteers sought for N Carolina’s annual fall Litter Sweep
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Transportation Department is looking for volunteers to remove trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep next month.
Each April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers to help remove litter from the sides of roads. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches and community groups often participate.
In addition, NCDOT maintenance crews devote one week of their time during Litter Sweep to pick up trash and collect the bags that the volunteers have filled with trash.
This year’s fall Litter Sweep will be held Sept. 14-28. The department provides clean-up supplies, including trash bags, gloves and safety vests



I-74 West lanes reopen near Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Officials say all lanes of Interstate 74 West in North Carolina have reopened, after an overturned tractor trailer caused closure at the merge to Interstate 40 near Winston-Salem.
Officials said travel conditions returned to normal early Sunday evening.
Authorities say the driver of the tractor trailer appears to have minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.



Police investigate fatal shooting in Raleigh
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, in an area popular for bars and restaurants.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports it happened about 3:57 a.m.
Police say a man was found at an intersection with a gunshot wound.
He was taken to WakeMed hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



NC agency taking comments about regulation of pesticide
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s top environmental agency is accepting public comments about the regulation of a chemical pesticide used in log fumigation through the end of August.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports the use of methyl bromide came to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality last year when permit applications increased.
The agency is proposing a rule that applies to the log-fumigation facilities involving capture-and-control of the chemical and the establishment of an acceptable ambient level range. The state has received more than 1,000 remarks so far.
An international treaty called the Montreal Protocol has banned the use of methyl bromide to protest the ozone layer. The chemical is also a neurotoxin that can cause lung disease and neurological effects in humans.
The proposed rules are available here.



Forest aims focus on opportunity, dignity if next governor
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says he’ll pursue a vision for the state based on economic and educational opportunity, human dignity and societal unity if he’s elected governor next year.
The Raleigh Republican formally began his gubernatorial campaign with a Saturday rally in Winston-Salem attended by roughly 1,000 people and watched by others online.
The gathering signals intensified politicking even as Forest has been preparing for a run for governor for years, building a cadre of supporters through speeches at party events and endorsements. Many of them were at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds with Forest.
Forest mentioned Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper by name while identifying Cooper’s veto of a “born-alive” abortion measure this year. Forest pledged to run a campaign that “appeals to your aspirations, not your fears.”



North Carolina county warns of toxic ponds in 12 parks
(Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – County officials in North Carolina have issued a warning about ponds in more than a dozen parks after tests found a toxic algae that can kill dogs at a popular park in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Mecklenburg County issued the warning on Friday.
Officials tested water in the pond at Park Road Park on Thursday. They said they would post warning signs at the park and 13 others across the county.
Officials say pets should not be allowed to drink from the pond or come into contact with the water.



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