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Archive for September, 2014

NC Democrats’ leader files complaint over mailers

Monday, September 29th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina Democratic Party leader has formally asked the State Board of Elections to investigate inaccuracies in voter registration application mailers sent by a conservative-leaning advocacy group.

Party Executive Director Casey Mann filed a complaint Monday with the board, alleging the Americans for Prosperity Foundation must have known several details on the mailer were false or conflicting and would discourage voting this fall. Mann’s complaint suggests the mailers could be subject to a low-grade felony.

Foundation state director Donald Bryson didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday afternoon. But Bryson has said the group is addressing what he called a “few minor administrative errors” in the mailers.

The mailers gave conflicting information on the registration deadline and where to return the applications.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC group reviewing man’s conviction in death

Monday, September 29th, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina group is reviewing the case of a man convicted of killing a University of North Carolina Charlotte student more than six years ago.

The Charlotte Observer reported the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence is investigating claims that 46-year-old Mark Carver was wrongly convicted of killing Irina Yarmolenko.

The Gaston County man was convicted in 2011 of killing the woman, whose body was found on the banks of the Catawba River. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the conviction last year.

Carver was sentenced to life in prison.

Executive Director Christine Mumma said lawyers with the Center on Actual Innocence think Carver’s claim is credible, but she would not say why.

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell says he’s confident Carver is guilty.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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UPDATE: Decomposed body found floating in creek near Whiteville

Monday, September 29th, 2014

NCDOT crews came across a grisly discovery northeast of Whiteville Monday afternoon.

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StarNews renews information request on charter schools

Monday, September 29th, 2014

On Sept. 11, the newspaper filed a public records lawsuit against the school group

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Dozens of dead sharks wash ashore in Oak Island

Monday, September 29th, 2014

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — It was a shocking sight for some residents of Oak Island on the beach yesterday when about 50 sharks were lying by the shore dead, ranging anywhere between 1 to 4 feet in size.

It was scene that nobody expect to see when they walk down the beautiful beaches of Oak Island, about 50 dead sharks sprawled across the sand.

“First time ever, I’ve lived in Oak Island for some time and walk the beach regularly and I’ve seen dead fish in the surf from time to time but nothing like that, ever”, said Oak Island resident, Mike Boswell.

NC Division of Marine Fisheries spokeswoman Patricia Smith say they received a call Sunday and immediately sent a marine patrol officer to the scene, but it was already clear.

Officials say since the area was small, they think bycatch caused the issue. That’s when marine animals are caught and thrown back because they aren’t the intended catch. Officials say this threatens marine biodiversity worldwide.

If you ever see something like happen, you are asked to contact the North Carolina Division of Marines Fisheries at (252) 726-7021.

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