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APPEALS RULING-UNC FAN BANNED

NC court upholds ban of fan from UNC sports events

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's lifetime ban of a fan who allegedly harassed female soccer players.

John Donnelly Jr. sued after the university issued the ban in 2012, claiming that barring him from public sporting events violated his First Amendment rights. University officials acted after the 1970 graduate reportedly made sexually suggestive comments to female staffers, showed up at the out-of-state hotel where the players were staying and harassed them. They say he also loudly criticized players in front of family members while serving as a volunteer usher at games. Donnelly is also alleged to have made harassing phone calls to the athletics department up to 13 times a day.

The three-judge panel ruled the ban was legal and justified.

GOLDSBORO SHOOTING DEATH

Man shot to death in Goldsboro

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Police in Goldsboro are investigating a fatal shooting.

Multiple media outlets reported that the shooting was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.

Officers found 20-year-old Devon Crawford on the ground. He died while being taken to a hospital.

Detectives have not determined a motive in the shooting. No arrests have been made.

CLIMBER FALLS

Man hurt in fall from Gaston County mountain

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) - A man has been seriously hurt after he fell while climbing at Crowders Mountain State Park near Kings Mountain.

Multiple media outlets reported that firefighters were called to the park shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. They found the man at the practice wall. Officials say he fell about 15 to 20 feet.

The man was taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

His name has not been released.

NEW NATURAL GAS PIPELINE

Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

NEW YORK (AP) - Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because the enormous new domestic supplies have drastically lowered its price and it burns cleaner than the nation's other most important fuel for electric power, coal.

The 550-mile project will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and stretch to Robeson County, North Carolina, in the southern part of the state.

The partners, which included Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, expect to receive regulatory approval by mid-2016 and to start operating the pipeline in 2018.

FATAL DWI CRASH

Hickory teen dies in wreck, driver charged

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) - A Hickory teen has died in a wreck and another teen has been charged with driving while impaired.

Local media outlets reported that 17-year-9old Jay Robertson died in the wreck Sunday evening. The 17-year-old who was driving the car also has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

Police say the teen lost control of the car and it overturned.

About 20 grief counselors were to be at Hickory High School on Tuesday to help the teens' classmates.

DOLLAR GENERAL-FAMILY DOLLAR

Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dollar General is boosting its bid for rival Family Dollar to approximately $9.1 billion and says it's now willing to more than double the number of stores it would shed to avoid trouble with regulators.

The newest bid from Dollar General is worth $80 per share, up from $78.50. Dollar General's previous bid, worth nearly $9 billion, was rejected by Family Dollar in favor of an offer of about $8.5 billion one Dollar Tree Inc.

Dollar General Corp. said Tuesday it will now divest 1,500 stores to steer clear of antitrust issues. It previously said it would divest up to 700 stores. The Goodlettsville, Tennessee company has also agreed to pay a $500 million reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar Stores Inc. if the deal runs into antitrust roadblocks.

HIGH ROCK LAKE

Alcoa delays High Rock Lake draw down by 2 weeks

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Alcoa is delaying its plans to draw down High Rock Lake by about two weeks.

The company said in a news release it will now start to lower the water level in the lake on Oct. 1, instead of Sept. 15 as originally planned. Company officials say they delayed the start to give people a few more weeks of higher water levels.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation asked the lake be lowered by 14 feet so it can inspect a bridge. Alcoa says the lower levels should allow others to repair piers and clean up lake debris.

The company says it will take four to six weeks to pull the lake down by 14 feet. Alcoa plans to keep it at the lower level for about five days.

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