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Woman shot to death at eastern North Carolina home
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a woman shot to death at her home in eastern North Carolina.
Fayetteville Police Sgt. Shawn Strepay said in a news release that officers were called to a shooting at a home around 9:45 p.m. Monday.
Strepay said investigators think someone approached 28-year-old Nekeshia D. Washington and pulled and gun and fired before fleeing the area.
Police don’t know yet if Washington knew the suspect. No arrests have been made.



Man dies when bin dropped at North Carolina soup plant
MAXTON, N.C. (AP) – One man has died and another was hurt when a trash container fell off a forklift at a soup plant in North Carolina.
The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office told news outlets that 59-year-old Alex Radford of Laurinburg died late Sunday morning when the container fell on him at the Campbell Soup Company plant in Maxton.
James Patterson of Maxton was hurt when he tried to help Radford and became pinned under the trash bin. Patterson was taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina, for treatment.
Dolores Quesenberry with the North Carolina Department of Labor said the agency is working to determine whether any occupational safety and health standards were violated.
Campbell Soup said it’s the first death at the plant since it opened in 1979.



Candidate withdraws from Western Carolina chancellor post
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) – The top candidate to take over as chancellor of Western Carolina University has withdrawn from consideration.
The school in Cullowhee said in a news release Monday that the search will continue for a new leader of the North Carolina school with an enrollment of more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
The school had expected to announce a new chancellor last Friday.
The chair of the school’s board, Patricia Kaemmerling, said the university is still positioned to make great progress, even with this setback.
The chancellor’s post has been vacant since Jan. 1. Former Chancellor David Belcher died in June after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He went on medical leave in December.
Allison Morrison-Shetlar has agreed to continue to serve as interim chancellor.



By a 1-vote margin, city leaders OK bid for GOP convention
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The vote was close, but city leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, have agreed to make a bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
After a public discussion period Monday with more than 100 speakers and nearly one hour of debate among themselves, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in favor of hosting the event.
Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte’s first black female mayor, had led efforts to secure the convention, despite critics who decried the attempt because of President Donald Trump’s statements denigrating minorities, Muslims, women and the LGBTQ population.
Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has been considered a front-runner for the convention.



Judge: Deputy likely violated rights in 2015 fatal shooting
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Relatives of a North Carolina man fatally shot by a deputy can proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit after a judge found sufficient evidence that his constitutional rights were violated.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle rejected a request by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office to dismiss the case in a ruling issued Thursday. Boyle wrote that it appears a deputy violated John David Livingston’s rights by entering his home without a warrant and using excessive force during a 2015 scuffle that ended with the fatal shooting.
Authorities and defense attorneys have previously said Livingston was intoxicated and had seized the deputy’s stun gun, causing the officer to fear for his life.
Boyle also said other plaintiffs alleging separate instances of excessive force have enough evidence to proceed with their claims.



Police department fires 2nd captain in part of beating probe
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A police chief in North Carolina has fired a second one of her captains in just three months.
Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper said she fired Capt. Mark Byrd on Friday because he lied and tried to undermine her and other police leaders.
The Citizen-Times of Asheville reports that Hooper said Byrd was dishonest about the timeline into the investigation into a police beating of a pedestrian in August.
Byrd’s lawyer wrote back that he will fight the firing because it was intimidation and harassment and Hooper leads a police department with severe management issues.
Hooper fired Capt. Stony Gonce in May saying he tried to intimidate a lieutenant investigation the beating.
Byrd and Gonce were two of three captains the Asheville Police Department had a year ago.


North Carolina sheriff’s deputy wounded in traffic stop
LENOIR, N.C. (AP) – A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina is out of surgery after being shot and wounded during a traffic stop.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near Lenoir.
The deputy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment. The sheriff’s office said Monday the deputy was in stable condition following surgery. He had been shot just below his bullet-proof vest.
His name has not been released. He has been with the department just over a year.
The sheriff’s department said the suspect left the traffic stop in a blue Toyota sedan.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies are trying to find the suspect. Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting.



Bank of America 2Q profits jump 33 percent due to tax law
NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America is reporting a 33 percent jump in second-quarter profits as it cut expenses and benefited from the new tax law.
The banking giant, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Monday it earned $6.78 billion, or 63 cents per share, up from $4.75 billion, or 44 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier. That’s better than the per-share projections of 57 cents from industry analysts, according to a survey by FactSet.
Bank of America benefited from rising interest rates. Net interest income across the bank rose $664 million, or 6 percent, compared with a year earlier.
Revenue was $22.61 billion, down from $22.83 billion in the same period a year earlier.



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