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Dark-money groups targeting GOP lawmakers tied to Dem lawyer
(Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A dark money group with ties to prominent Democrats is funding a series of online and TV ads attacking North Carolina Republicans.
WRAL reports the same Democratic lawyer is tied to advocacy groups with names like Fair Courts NC, NC Common Ground and Aim Higher Now.
These groups have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into television ads, Facebook ads and mailers.
Federal tax laws allow these and similar groups to keep their funding secret because they’re treated as social welfare organizations. They’ve become common in modern politics. They’re allowed to engage in some political activity, but that can’t be their primary activity.


2 shot, 1 dies in North Carolina; no arrests
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Two people have been shot in North Carolina and one of the victims has died.
Greensboro police were called to a shooting around 12:40 a.m. Sunday
News outlets reported that 23-year-old Dionte’ Raynard Bethea of Greensboro died after the shooting.
Police say a second man was shot several times. His name has not been released. There was no word Monday morning on his condition.
Police have not released a possible motive. No arrests have been reported.



Police identify man shot to death at North Carolina hotel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police have identified a man who died after being shot at a North Carolina hotel.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said 32-year-old Churchill Randolph Zoker was found around 9 p.m. Saturday.
Zoker was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
No arrests have been made. Police have not released a possible motive in the shooting. The investigation is continuing.



I-95 study tests taxing cars per miles-driven, not gas used
(Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com)
DOVER, Del. (AP) – What if motorists paid taxes based on the miles they drive in each state, instead of the gasoline they burn?
The concept is being tested with GPS devices recording distance and location up and down the Interstate 95 corridor.
The News Journal reports that more than 100 Delaware state employees are trying it out.
Commercial vehicles already pay mileage-based user fees, and something has to change to pay for road construction and maintenance costs as electric vehicles and better-mileage cars replace gas-guzzlers.
But the idea of tracking private vehicles raises privacy concerns. I-95 Corridor Coalition director Patricia Hendren says user data would be erased after each month’s invoice, and aggregated data would be seen only by state transportation departments from Maine to Florida.


Health officials: North Carolina party may have sickened 15
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say a cook-out and party may be responsible for an illness that sent more than a dozen people to hospitals in North Carolina.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s emergency medical service Medic said in Twitter messages at least 15 people at one apartment complex were taken to hospitals after reporting gastrointestinal and other symptoms Sunday.
A statement from the Mecklenburg County public information officer said the calls followed a neighborhood birthday party Saturday night.
Medic said it responded to five separate calls at the apartment complex in the first hour, starting around 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Medic said most of the cases did not appear to be life-threatening.
The health department continues to investigate. It recommended that no one eat food taken home from the party.



North Carolina doctor arrested in ‘pill mill’ scheme
TABOR CITY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have accused a North Carolina doctor of illegally distributing drugs in what is being described as a “pill mill” scheme.
Columbus County District Attorney Jon David told news outlets Dr. Jong Whan Kim prescribed numerous opioids and other drugs without a legitimate medical reason.
Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said an investigation also revealed Kim schemed with his office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, to distribute the drugs from Kim’s practice in Tabor City and other properties he owned.
Hatcher said Thompson sold high-grade marijuana, oxycodone, hydrocodone and other illegal substances to undercover agents on numerous occasions.
Kim is in the Columbus County jail under a $5,580,000 bond. Thompson is jailed on a $760,000 bond. It’s not known if either has an attorney.



Police: 12-year-old shot, killed at housing complex
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a 12-year-old boy has been shot to death at a public housing complex.
The Asheville Police Department said on its Twitter page that officers responded just after 3 a.m. Sunday to a report of people suffering gunshot wounds at the complex near the downtown area.
The 12-year-old and an 18-year-old man were both taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville, where the younger shooting victim died. Police said the 18-year-old is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Neither shooting victim has been identified pending notification of relatives. So far, police have made no arrests in the case.



Body of North Carolina woman found in South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Police in South Carolina say the body of a North Carolina woman has been found in a wooded area in Myrtle Beach.
Deputy coroner Michelle McSpadden said Sunday her office identified the woman as 41-year-old Jennifer Fitchett of Middlesex, North Carolina. According to McSpadden, Fitchett’s family said she was a mother of three who was expecting her first grandchild in a few weeks.
McSpadden said Fitchett’s body was found by a runner Saturday near a running path off Palmetto Pointe Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. She said the cause of death is not being released as part of an investigation.



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