News In Brief

A midday news roundup. 

A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that says magistrates with religious objections can refuse to marry same-sex couples.

A bypass pipeline has been completed. That’s the most recent update from the company working to repair a fuel leak in an Alabama pipeline that led to gas shortages and higher prices for drivers across the South. The company says it's testing the pipeline, and upon successful completion, it will restart the main gasoline line Wednesday, though a spokesperson tells the Associated Press it will still take a few days for everything to return to normal.

Gas prices are slightly higher in the Carolinas and other Southeastern states this week after a massive leak in a gas pipeline in Alabama. Colonial Pipeline says it’s building a temporary pipeline around the spill to restore the flow. But with gas shipments interrupted, prices are going up.

Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino says he’s arranging a conference call with school leaders next week to settle on a final decision over whether to cancel championship events because of House Bill 2.

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is is out of prison. He had been in a Federal Correctional Institution since November, 2014.

Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino is hinting that the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the collegiate sports league could be moved from Asheville over concerns with North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Iamarino made his comments to the Asheville Citizen-Times yesterday, less than 24 hours after the NCAA pulled seven championship events out of North Carolina citing House Bill 2.

The Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announced Wednesday it would offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a police officer in Shelby last weekend.