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

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - While the Rev. Billy Graham's travels took him as far away as the Soviet Union and China, he always came back to his native North Carolina, a place of refuge and spiritual refueling. In the process, the most famous evangelist in American history became one of North Carolina's favorite sons. His son the Rev. Franklin Graham says his father always thought of himself as simply a farm boy from North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State health officials say the death toll from the flu in North Carolina has reached 200, putting it within reach of the record 218 deaths reported twice in the last three years. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that 27 individuals died in the week that ended Feb. 17. The death toll for the 2017-18 flu season includes eight people who died in previous weeks and were ultimately determined to have had the flu.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina environmental regulators say they now have proof that a worrying but little-researched compound is carried aloft by winds and falls to earth miles from where it's made. The Division of Air Quality says concentrations of GenX in rainwater collected near The Chemours Co. plant near Fayetteville sometimes exceeded a state health recommendation for drinking water. Officials say the finding suggests private wells and lakes near the plant may be showing contamination because of rain.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A white homeowner who shot and killed an unarmed black man after reporting "hoodlums" in his neighborhood was sentenced Friday to life in prison after the victim's mother tearfully told the judge that she has struggled since his death. Superior Court Judge Michael J. O'Foghludha sentenced Chad Copley to life without parole a day after a diverse jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for the August 2016 shooting.

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