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North Carolina politician says Russian bought her domain
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina congressional candidate says the website she used when she campaigned for another office is now owned by a Russian.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports a man listing a Russian residence bought the website address that Democrat Linda Coleman used when she ran for lieutenant governor two years ago.
The domain name’s owner is listed as a Moscow man. The newspaper said the phone number tied to the account’s owner doesn’t work and emails weren’t returned.
Coleman said she didn’t know why the Russian-based website was created and urged other political candidates “to be vigilant.” Her campaign has contacted the FBI about the matter.
Coleman is seeking her party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Republican George Holding in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District in the Raleigh area.



Duke Energy: Utility CEO’s pay jumped to $21M last year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Duke Energy says its top executive’s compensation has nearly doubled over the past two years.
The country’s No. 2 electricity company by total customers reported to shareholders that Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good was paid more than $21.4 million in 2017, an increase from $10.8 million in 2015.
The company’s proxy filing released Friday says Good’s base salary rose last year by about 4 percent to $1.3 million, but her stock awards shot up almost 90 percent to more than $17 million.
Duke Energy has 7.5 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
The Charlotte-based company won approval to raise prices on about half its North Carolina customers by 6 percent, and wants to increase rates on the rest of its largest market by 10 percent.

This story has been corrected to show that Good’s reported salary has nearly doubled since 2015.



North Carolina man arrested for murder of policeman’s sister
BOSTON, Mass. (AP) – A North Carolina man has been arrested for the 1986 murder of a state police officer’s sister.
State police spokesman David Procopio says 61-year old Michael Arthur Hand of Troutman, N.C. is in custody in that state for the murder of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin of Kingston in 1986.
Gilpin was the sister of State Police Col. Kerry A. Gilpin.
Procopio tells the Boston Herald that authorities are moving forward to return Hand to Massachusetts after a court appearance in North Carolina tomorrow.



Man unhurt after crash-landing plane in open field
SHARPSBURG, N.C. (AP) – Officials in eastern North Carolina say a man was unhurt when he crash-landed a single-engine plane in an open field.
The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that 50-year-old Christopher Rowe of McLean, Virginia, was the only occupant of the plane that came down Saturday afternoon in Wilson County.
Sgt. B.E. Pulliam of the N.C. Highway Patrol told the newspaper that said Rowe said he was on his way from Fayetteville to Washington, D.C., when he lost fuel pressure and had to make an emergency landing.
Pulliam said Rowe did a good job of landing in an open field, but the plane had damage to its propeller and landing gear. The crash happened about two miles from the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport.
Pulliam said the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate..



Body found in ashes of North Carolina house fire
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – Firefighters have found a body after putting out a house fire in North Carolina.
A news release from Morehead City Fire/EMS says firefighters responded to a call at around 2 a.m. Saturday. A neighbor told the firefighters that someone was inside the home, but authorities said the fire was too intense to rescue the person, who hasn’t been identified.
As firefighters brought the fire under control, they discovered the victim’s body.
Fire officials are investigating.



North Carolina city eyes airport area for contaminant source
(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Officials in a North Carolina city see an area around an airport as the potential source of a contaminant in its drinking water.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports city officials are pointing specifically to a place near Piedmont Triad International Airport where firefighters used a synthetic foam containing PFOS to control fuel-based fires.
PTI also conducts fire-training drills using firefighting foam once a year on its runway, meaning additional PFOS is getting into a nearby stream or ground water.
An online search describes Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS, as the key ingredient in stain repellants.
PTI executive director Kevin Baker said if the city’s analysis points to the tests contributing to contamination and it’s necessary to clean it, the airport will develop a strategy.


Tennis coach suspended over player’s comment resigns
(Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com)
BOONE, N.C. (AP) – A college men’s tennis coach who was suspended after one of his players made a racially charged comment to an opposing player has resigned.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Appalachian State University announced on Friday that coach Bob Lake has stepped down, effective immediately. He had been the men’s tennis coach at Appalachian State since 2000.
Appalachian State player Spencer Brown was suspended after a black opponent tweeted that Brown told him “at least I know my dad” during a match in late January. Brown, who is white, was suspended indefinitely after the match with John Wilson of North Carolina A&T State University, a historically black college.
Volunteer assistant coach Jack Maddocks will act as head coach for the rest of the season.


North Carolina man arrested after 3-year-old shot in home
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police have arrested a North Carolina man after a 3-year-old child was shot in an apartment.
A news release from Fayetteville police said 22-year-old Brian Michael Cavalier and another person were handling a .45 caliber handgun on Friday when it fired a round through a wall and into the adjacent apartment.
According to police, the bullet went through a wall, entered the adjacent apartment and hit the child in the shoulder. Authorities say while the child suffered a serious injury, it was not life-threatening.
Cavalier is charged with discharging a barreled weapon into occupied property and discharging a barreled weapon into occupied property causing serious bodily injury. He’s jailed on a $100,000 bond, and it’s not known if he has an attorney. The second person was not charged.

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