News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT - | WBTV Charlotte

News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

NEBO, N.C. (AP) - Forestry officials in western North Carolina say they've contained a fire that burned nearly 9 square miles near Shortoff Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Officials say weekend rain helped contain the blaze near Nebo in McDowell County. No injuries were reported.

PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. (AP) - A former Greensboro Police Department officer is facing charges after authorities say they found an illegally possessed firearm and other stolen goods at his home. The Times-News of Burlington reports that 32-year-old William Zachary White of Pleasant Garden was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday on two counts of possession of an unregistered firearm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's pick to lead a massive North Carolina department overseeing Medicaid, mental health services and other programs is likely to get some tough questions from Senate Republicans scrutinizing her appointment. The Senate Health Care Committee scheduled a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen. Three Cooper secretaries already have been confirmed by the full Senate.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Another effort to craft legislation to get rid of North Carolina's "bathroom's bill" and halt more economic losses appears gone as Republicans and Democrats point fingers over whether an agreement ever existed. The GOP-controlled legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper have been trying to find a way to repeal House Bill 2 before the NCAA decides to leave the state out of hosting championship events. Republican leaders blamed Cooper, but a House Democrat says the GOP is the problem.

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