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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Judges who struck down North Carolina's congressional map for excessive partisanship have refused to delay their order telling Republican state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. Tuesday's decision by the three-judge federal panel was expected, given that the judges ruled last week the boundaries are illegal political gerrymanders violating the U.S. Constitution. GOP legislators have also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's top health official says she's pleased with changes underway at a regional mental health agency her department took over temporarily following spending decisions criticized by auditors. The state health and human services secretary did not give a date to a legislative committee Tuesday about when a new board and the executive team at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions would take over but says it's getting close.

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) - Police believe a homeless man froze to death under a bridge in North Carolina. The Salisbury Post reports that a relative found 74-year-old Robert Clarence Doyle under a bridge early Sunday morning, when the temperature was in the teens.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina court says criminals can dispute the cost of their court-appointed attorney with a judge if they're found guilty and told to pay up. The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that trial judges must tell defendants they challenge their attorneys' fees.

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