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One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
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The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of changing their name to "Hornets," a source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com's Will Brinson, including arranging digital assets that wouldMore >>
The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of changing their name to "Hornets," a source with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com's Will Brinson, including arranging digital assets that would allow a return to their original nickname.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:59 AM EDT2013-05-19 11:59:01 GMT
Health officials are worried cases from a salmonella outbreak traced to a Fayetteville hotel may have spread nationwide. Officials say that 51 people who ate at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux's banquet facilitiesMore >>
Health officials are worried cases from a salmonella outbreak traced to a Fayetteville hotel may have spread nationwide.More >>
The new year means new laws now on the books in the Carolinas. In North Carolina there are a total of 16 new laws that went into effect January 1, and they cover everything from background checks on daycare workers to people stealing grease from local restaurants.
It's not pretty, but has become valuable. Used cooking grease has become a hot commodity in more ways than one.
"If someone were to steal it would be real bad on us," Tina Crowell told WBTV.
Used grease is collected in a special container behind BeBops restaurant in Rowan County. And, as of today, stealing more than $1000 worth of used cooking oil is a felony in North Carolina.
"I was unaware of it, but it's a good idea. They need to because the companies we actually sell ours to a company that comes and picks it up and they charges us a certain amount," Crowell added.
A Gaston County representative sponsored the bill after getting complaints that thieves who stole grease were getting little punishment. It has become more valuable because it's used in recycling and on the road.
"We have one customer who comes and gets some for his vehicle, he's made his vehicle so that it runs on grease," Crowell said
Daycare center owners are the focus of another new law. Background checks will now show more criminal offenses, including burglary, ID theft, and cruelty to animals.
The state can also prevent someone who is a habitual alcohol or illicit drug use from running a daycare.
One big change for employers, now any company with 100 or more workers must go through the Department of Homeland Security database and verify if a new hire is actually legal to work in North Carolina, or any other state.
It can involve construction or any other job in the state and is part of the ongoing illegal immigration debate. The idea is to let employers make a quick and easy check to see if a worker is eligible.
In July that law will also apply companies with at least 25 employees.
To read more about North Carolina's new laws, click here.
South Carolina also has several new laws, including:
All employers must use the "e-verify" system to check the legal status of new hires
All voters must present picture ID in the form of a driver's license, U.S. passport, or a voter registration card with a picture