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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is coming to North Carolina for some Republican fundraising and promoting President Trump's tax overhaul law. Pence is slated to be in the state Friday for events benefiting a North Carolina congressman and the Republican National Committee. And he's speaking at a Charlotte event sponsored by a nonprofit group backing Trump's agenda.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol is joining a multi-state effort to reduce wrecks along the Interstate 95 corridor. The Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a two-day effort supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and eastern states. The campaign begins on Friday, and troopers in each state will be out in full force.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Holy Motherhood! The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is telling homeowners not to run bats out of their house before the end of July. The commission says between May and June, female bats are raising their young and the bat pups need their mothers to survive during their early weeks. If homeowners seal holes or use devices to get rid of the bats, the female bats can't get to their pups and they will starve to death inside the house.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a North Carolina gang member has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the discovery of guns in his home. U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said Thursday that 26-year-old Rashem Santa Perry was sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. Authorities say a search of his residence last May turned up an AR-15 rifle, a partially loaded magazine and a .40-caliber handgun.

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