Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The expert who federal judges asked to redraw some North Carolina House and Senate district lines rejects Republican arguments that he set race-based population targets within new boundaries, saying he focused on other redistricting criteria instead.

dan river coal ash cleanup
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AP Business Writer

Charging North Carolina consumers the full, multi-billion-dollar cost of cleaning up coal ash dumps is comparable to tire stores charging customers an extra fee to dispose of an old set of wheels, a Duke Energy Corp. executive said Monday.

An outside expert appointed by a federal court to help draw some North Carolina legislative districts that judges worry remained unconstitutional has suggested changes.

Some fatal shootings that have happened at U.S. houses of worship since 2012:

Nov. 5, 2017: Dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 21-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.

Sept 24, 2017: Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, was charged with killing a woman and wounding six other people with gunshots at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Police Investigate Three Weekend Deaths On Charlotte Roads
Police say a man was killed in one-car crash that was reported shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday on Billy Graham Parkway near Westmont Drive. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified the victim as Crawford Junior Deveaux, 42. According to police, he was not wearing a seat belt and was apparently thrown from the vehicle, which struck a tree. Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash.

Hickory Regional Airport
City of Hickory

Several communities in western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina are cleaning up from severe storms that swept across the region on Monday afternoon, as National Weather Service crews investigate several possible tornado touchdowns.

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.

Federal securities regulators are investigating a scuttled nuclear reactor construction project in South Carolina, according to a release Tuesday from one of the plant's co-owners. 

Map shows the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for two major East Coast projects, the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines.

Friday was third-quarter earnings day at both Bank of America and Wells Fargo.  BofA beat Wall Street expectations with a bigger profit than a year ago. But Wells Fargo investors were disappointed, as legal expenses related to past mortgage practices contributed to a sharp drop in profits.

Mark James / Charlotte Observer

An official with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Tuesday told a legislative committee that the agency won't tolerate "executive abuse" that DHHS says currently exists at Charlotte-based managed-care agency Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. DHHS Deputy Secretary Dave Richard met with a General Assembly committee and discussed findings of an interim report on the agency's review of Cardinal that was released last week.