News In Brief

A midday news roundup. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney speaks at a press conference on April 27, 2017. Putney addressed the use of force shown in bodycam footage from a March 2016 arrest.
Molly Mathis / Charlotte Observer

CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney says he will not defend the actions of a police officer who tackled a suspect, pressed a gun to his head, and said "I will kill you," while making an arrest last year. Still, Putney says the officer's actions were legal.

At Wednesday's annual shareholder meeting, Bank of America investors rejected a series of stockholder proposals, including one to keep the jobs of chairman and CEO separate, and another that required the bank to prepare a gender pay gap report.

Several progressive and Democratic groups have organized the first candidate forum of Charlotte's upcoming mayoral race. The forum will feature all three of the Democratic candidates who've announced plans to run.

North Carolina's largest health insurer faces a setback after losing a lawsuit to recover $130 million it says Washington promised but didn't pay under a provision of former President Barack Obama's health reform law.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is returning its championship events to North Carolina, including the 2017 football championship game set to be held in Charlotte in December.

A Spartanburg police officer who was injured in a motorcycle crash earlier this week has died from his injuries, the Spartanburg Police Department said in a statement.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his mother to death in Charlotte Monday. Meanwhile, a wildfire near Pisgah National Forest is threatening homes and affecting air quality in western North Carolina. And at South Carolina state court,  Dylann Roof has been sentenced to nine life terms in the shooting deaths of nine people at a Charleston church in 2015.

Charlotte police say a possible hate crime incident in which a threatening letter was left outside a Nepali-Indian grocery store last week signed "White America" has led to the arrest of a black man.

The NBA’s commissioner says it’s not a done deal, but Charlotte is again “eligible” to host the NBA all star game after the repeal and replacement of House Bill 2. In other headlines Sunday: Mecklenburg County Democrats picked Jane Whitley as chair at their convention Saturday. Meanwhile, both the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Checkers had big wins Saturday.

According to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the NCAA's new deadline for North Carolina to address House Bill 2 is now 48 hours away.

Scott Dupree, executive director of the sports alliance, issued a statement shortly before noon Tuesday, saying he had confirmed with "a contact very close to the NCAA" that the organization wanted HB2 addressed within the next two days.

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