News In Brief

A midday news roundup. 

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.

A funeral is scheduled at noon today for the 26-year-old protester, Justin Carr, who was fatally shot during violent protests in uptown Charlotte last Wednesday night.

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.

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