ARMY GENERAL-SEX CHARGES
General's defense to try for plea deal in sex case
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault will try renegotiate a plea deal with a new set of military officials.
The judge in Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's case sent the jury of generals back to their duty stations Tuesday morning, indicating that the trial is not likely to resume soon.
Judge Col. James Pohl made the offer for another try at a plea deal Monday after finding evidence that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.
The twist came with the Pentagon under heavy pressure from Congress and beyond to combat rape and other sex crimes in the military.
Sinclair, 51, is accused of twice forcing a female captain to perform oral sex. He has admitted to an affair but denied assaulting the woman.
COAL ASH SPILL
NC gov: Panel should decide who foots pond bill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he's going to stay out of the debate on whether his former employer Duke Energy should be able to pass the costs of closing North Carolina's coal ash ponds on to consumers.
The governor told reporters Tuesday he wants to keep politics out of the decision-making on financial aspects of handling more than 30 ponds at 14 Duke Energy power plants. He says that's best left to the state Utilities Commission.
Duke Energy's CEO has said the company will pay for the coal ash spill cleanup in the Dan River but suggested customers pay the cost of closing other ponds.
Charlotte Rep. Ruth Samuelson co-chairs the Environmental Review Commission. Samuelson says it makes sense to her for both shareholders and ratepayers to pay for the closings.
NC STATE GIFT
Raleigh couple gives NC State $3 million
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Raleigh couple is giving North Carolina State University $3 million to start a program to help rural students get into the school.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the gift from Joseph and Deborah Kapp Gordon is designed to increase the chance of admission for rural students, as well as helping them afford to stay in school.
The Gordons say they want to help offset the rising cost of education and tougher admission requirements. They own a group of animal hospitals.
Joseph Gordon points out that North Carolina State is a land-grant university and the school should help people from rural areas. The veterinarian is a 1986 graduate of the school.
The program will start by helping students prepare for standardized college entrance exams.
Man shot by Opelika police was airman on way to NC
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - The father of an airman shot by an Opelika police officer says his son suffered serious injuries to his stomach and colon and may never fully recover from his injuries.
Billy Davidson said his son, 20-year-old Michael Darrett Davidson of Beckville, Texas, was driving on Interstate 85 on his way to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base near Goldsboro, N.C., when the shooting happened shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting that involved Opelika Officer Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with the department. Hancock, who wasn't injured, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
Billy Davison tells The Opelika-Auburn News that his son was moved from the ICU at East Alabama Medical Center Monday afternoon.
Police have released few details about the encounter.
NC Wildlife Resources has new enforcement chief
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has a new head of law enforcement.
Jon Evans has been promoted to colonel and began work as chief of the Division of Law Enforcement this week.
He replaces Dale Caveny who retired last month after almost three decades of service. The commission says Evans will supervise a team of more than 200 wildlife officers who enforce conservation and boating laws as well as fish and wildlife regulations.
Evans has been with the commission since 1996 and has served as director of wildlife officer training for the past three years.
Hatteras seashore to restrict driving on beach
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) - The Cape Hatteras National Seashore plans to restrict driving on the beach where shorebirds are expected to nest.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports National Park Service spokeswoman Cyndy Holda said staff will mark the closed areas this month and next based on historic nesting habits of piping plovers, Wilson's plover, American oystercatcher and colonial waterbirds.
Maps will be posted on the park's website under the document list for the off-road driving management plan. Signs will be posted at the sites. Pedestrians will be allowed at most prenesting areas.
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