News In Brief

A midday news roundup. 

In April, 2015, then-Charleston police officer Michael Slager allegedly shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, eight times in the back as he fled a traffic stop. Now, nearly a year and a half later, a court will decide whether Slager was justified in the shooting.

Attorneys for the prosecution and the defense delivered opening statements Thursday to a jury of 11 white people and one black man who were selected earlier in the week.

With mere days to go before the election, a federal judge in Winston-Salem is hearing arguments over the cancelations of up to 4,500 voter registrations in the eastern half of North Carolina.

Hurricane Matthew impaired or destroyed more than 1 million structures, forced businesses from Florida to North Carolina to close and put thousands of people temporarily out of work.

Goldman Sachs estimates the storm likely caused $10 billion in damage overall, but figures suggest Matthew's effect on the broader national economy will be minimal.

Robeson County officials say another man has died in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Officials say the man was inside his car when flood waters washed away the vehicle. The man’s name has not been released. It brings the number of deaths in North Carolina blamed on Hurricane Matthew up to 15.

North Carolina Governer's Office

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for all 100 counties in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Matthew's expected impact. At a Friday storm briefing, McCrory said the state's coastal areas are bracing for the worst.

As Hurricane Matthew approaches the Carolinas, Charleston has reportedly run out of sandbags after distributing more the 15,000 across the city -- more than have ever been distributed for any other storm.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Matthew is considered a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has ordered the evacuation of Charleston and Beaufort Counties as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the east coast. A press release sent out by the governor late Wednesday morning says residents and visitors in Charleston and Beaufort Counties should begin evacuating no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday. The governor’s office says the scope of evacuations could expand to other areas on Thursday as the storm approaches.

Residents on the North Carolina coast are bracing themselves for Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to move up the east coast and hit the Carolinas on Friday night, though gusty winds and rain bands could begin as early as Friday morning.

The 14-year-old accused of shooting and killing his father, then driving to Townville Elementary School and wounding two students and a teacher, has been charged as a juvenile with murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The ACC has announced that Orlando will host the 2016 football championship. Thursday's announcement comes two weeks after the athletic conference pulled the event from Charlotte in response to House Bill 2. The event will still take place as scheduled on December 3.

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