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The NFL today suspended Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for one game. Beckham’s behavior in Sunday’s game against the Panthers has been under much scrutiny, particularly for launching at the head of Panthers defensive back Josh Norman.

In a press conference Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t enter the debate over appropriate punishment. He simply said it’s up to the NFL.

Meanwhile, Rivera indicated his philosophy in the debate over whether to rest key players to avoid injury heading into the playoffs.

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As the Carolina Panthers prepared for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants, Coach Ron Rivera said his team can’t worry about the big picture issues – an undefeated season, playoffs or a possible title. They have to take one game at a time.  Meanwhile, Robert Brawley, the former state legislator who is challenging Gov. Pat McCrory, is in hot water for requesting leniency for a friend serving a life sentence for child molestation.

FBI

A 71-year-old woman died in a rollover crash on Harris Boulevard Saturday, and Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the car’s driver may have a had a medical episode just before she lost control. Meanwhile, the FBI and Mooresville police put out an alert seeking help finding a 16-year-old girl (photo) who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday.  She was found safe Sunday night. And in Winston-Salem, police are under pressure to release officers’ body cams after a black man died while in police custody last week. 

Charlotte's roads are jammed, but the McCrory administration says the state's new road funding formula will help.
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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.

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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.

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