October 20, 2017 - 38 minutes ago

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a man killed by police after a two-state car case and a shootout was a felon who had been released from prison last year.

The Gaston Gazette reports the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation identified him as 26-year-old Matthew Alan Whitley of…

October 20, 2017

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Investigators are charging four North Carolina inmates with murder after the deadliest escape attempt in state prison history.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said Friday the men were behind last week’s failed breakout from Pasquotank Correctional Institution.…

Prison Attempted Escape

October 20, 2017

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Four North Carolina inmates are facing murder charges after the deadliest escape attempt in state prison history killed two prison workers, investigators said Friday.

The men were behind the failed breakout from Pasquotank Correctional Institution on Oct. 12, state…

Prison Attempted Escape

October 20, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — UNC Asheville Provost Joe Urgo has been appointed the school’s interim chancellor.

The school announced on its website that UNC President Margaret Spellings announced the appointment on Thursday. Spellings also approved the appointment of the members of UNC Asheville’s…

October 20, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former sheriff’s office employee in the Florida Panhandle has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a private investigator.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 40-year-old Ashley McArthur was arrested Thursday after police found 33-year-old…

October 20, 2017

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A teen has died after being shot in the back in the parking lot of a North Carolina park.

Local media outlets reported that 19-year-old Christopher White was shot shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday at a park in Wilmington that includes mini-golf, laser tag, a g-kart track and a…

October 20, 2017


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Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to interim Carolinas News Editor Jeffrey Collins at 803-603-8675 or at…

October 20, 2017

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — School officials say there will be no more Civil War-related student dress-up activities at a Georgia elementary school after its “Civil War Day” sparked conflict among students, parents and others.

Big Shanty Elementary School last month invited fifth-graders to dress up as…

Civil War Mothers Battle

October 20, 2017

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — Charges have been dropped in a retirement home killing in North Carolina because the suspect is mentally ill.

The Times-News of Burlington reported that a Superior Court ruling said that 56-year-old Ulysses Pete Stewart does not have the mental capacity to go to trial.


October 20, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Drivers seeking fall-colored leaves should expect this weekend to be the busiest on a scenic road that runs through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia.

The Asheville Citizen-Times quotes Blue Ridge Parkway spokeswoman Caitlin Worth in a Thursday report…

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