Carolina Panthers

David Boraks

Hillary Clinton says she would be willing to break up big financial institutions if the need arose.  The front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke at a Democratic Party rally in North Charleston Saturday.  Meanwhile, more Carolinians are expected to travel this year for Thanksgiving, and they'll find much lower gas prices.

Jonathan Jones via Twitter / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

A Green Bay Packers fan who had his team’s banner snatched down by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at Sunday’s game has reported the incident to police as a theft and said he expects the Panthers to “make it right.”

As a result, the fan says he’s now getting angry messages, even death threats, from reporting the theft.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley continued their swing through South Carolina yesterday, appealing to voters at meetings across the state. The campaigning followed Friday’s night’s election forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, where the candidates answered questions individually from moderator and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.   Sanders and O’Malley went after Clinton for her environmental positions, her coziness with Wall Street and more. 

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Three companies that had been using South Carolina prison labor and paying less than $2 an hour are being told they must now pay inmates the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. 

The Greenville News reports prisoners doing such things as making license plates, refurbishing golf carts and recycling textiles, had not been considered manufacturing workers and did not fall under federal minimum wage laws. 

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says he understands frustration with his office's decision not to hold another trial for a Charlotte police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed suspect.   But a spokeswoman for Roy Cooper said he won’t change his mind unless new evidence comes to light that would help the case against Randall Kerrick.  Cooper issued the statement after meeting with civil rights leaders about the case Friday.  

Protester arrested 8/22 outside Bank of America stadium
Jeff Siner / The Charlotte Observer

A 23-year-old Charlotte man who owned a music-sharing website has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement. Rocky Ouprasith admitted to illegally trading more than $2.5 million worth of material on his RockDizMusic-dot-com.

Panthers Make Statement With $60 Million In Guarantees For Newton

Jun 2, 2015
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

After signing the most lucrative contract in Carolina Panthers history Tuesday, quarterback Cam Newton planned to celebrate with a big night at his uptown condo.

Newton said he planned to “pop a couple milk-carton bottles,” throw down some Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and get ready for Wednesday’s practice.

Got milk?

Newton does – as well as a five-year extension worth $103.8 million, according to a league source.

Sun. Headlines: Comments Sought On Voter ID Rules

May 3, 2015

New rules to implement North Carolina’s 2013 Voter ID law are now up for public comment. The draft regulations from the State Board of Elections were released Friday, and will determine how precinct officials decide whether someone has the required photo identification to vote in person starting in 2016.  

Nine public hearings are planned across the state, beginning with a June 3 meeting in Raleigh. There’s a hearing June 8 from 5-7pm at the Hal Marshall auditorium in Charlotte and another in Boone on June 10. Written comments are due by June 30.  

Charges Against Hardy Dropped

Feb 9, 2015
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed. 

  Prosecutors say that repeated attempts to contact his accuser and former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, were not successful.

Without her testimony, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray says the case could not proceed. Murray also noted that Hardy and Holder have reached a civil settlement.

The trial proceedings of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy begins today. Hardy is appealing a ruling last year in which a judge found him guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. His jury trial marks the first time local court officials will make select documents involving a case available on line.