Jury In S.C. Police Shooting Trial Says It Is Struggling To Reach Verdict

Updated at 6:40 p.m. ETThe jury in the murder trial of former North Charleston, S.C., police Officer Michael Slager told the judge on Friday afternoon that it's having trouble coming to a unanimous verdict.They will resume deliberating Monday.Slager is accused of murder for shooting Walter Scott multiple times as he ran away from the officer in 2015, after a routine traffic stop.The jury heard nearly a month of testimony in the case, including testimony from Slager. Friday was the third day...
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One of Charlotte's oldest charter schools will either close at the end of this school year or face a dramatic change. The State Board of Education voted Thursday to allow another charter to take over Community Charter School. 

"I guess I was just bored," Keith Mann of Franklin, N.C. told the U.S. Forest Service when questioned why he set two fires in Macon County.

The Forest Service says it began investigating him after he called 911 to report the second fire. After an agent began questioning him, Mann admitted it was him all along who set the fires. He told the agent he used a box of kitchen matches.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado did strike southwest Charlotte this week. The service says the tornado hit Wednesday evening with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour, causing damage along a 1.5 mile stretch of John Price Road, and along a 0.5 mile stretch from Microsoft Way to West Arrowood.

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It's looking more likely that Democrat Roy Cooper will become North Carolina's governor. By state law, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has the right to demand a statewide recount, if the margin is less than 10,000 votes. He got ahead of the game and made that demand last week before counties had finalized all votes. But as the tally stands now, McCrory doesn't have that right. The margin has expanded to 10,256 with results from nearly all counties official.

Wayne Parker, former headmaster of SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, walks into the Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse on July 28, 2016.
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The former headmaster of Southlake Christian School in Huntersville was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after admitting to stealing millions of dollars from the school and its affiliated church. Wayne C. Parker, 57, of Mooresville, was accused of spending the money on homes, vehicles, travel and other personal expenses.

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Protesters marched through uptown Wednesday night after the Mecklenburg County district attorney announced no charges in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Amid the anger, there was also a conversation between a demonstrator and a police officer who have both become familiar faces at protests.

Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray announces no charges will be filed in the police shooting of Keith Scott.
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The Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed an African-American man in September will not face any charges. Mecklenburg County’s district attorney said Tuesday all the evidence supports officer Brentley Vinson’s claim that he felt threatened.

CMPD officer Vinson (bottom left) speaks to police officers about the shooting of Keith Scott.
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CMPD officer Brentley Vinson will not be charged in the shooting death of Keith Scott.

"After a thorough review and given the totality of the circumstances and credible evidence, it is my opinion that officer Vinson acted lawfully," Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murrays said during a press conference Tuesday Morning.

No Charges In Keith Scott Shooting

Nov 30, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

No charges will be brought against Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson in the September fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray made the announcement at a press conference in which he detailed the shooting and extensive investigation.

Court Orders New Legislative Districts and Elections in 2017

Nov 29, 2016

Federal judges have told the North Carolina legislature to redraw its own districts by mid-March to replace ones the court struck down and to hold a special election under redrawn maps in November 2017.

The ruling Tuesday means those elected to the state House and Senate a few weeks ago would serve just one year, not two as expected.

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When it comes to making holiday treats, I have a guarantee. Everything is “So homely that you know it’s homemade.”

This pre-emptive statement came in handy recently when I experienced my first melted chocolate failure. Yes, failure. The chocolate would. Not. Melt.

This was something I’d done a hundred times before. I put white chocolate chips in a glass bowl, heated them in the microwave according to the directions on the bag, removed the chips, and stirred with a wooden spoon.

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