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Defense lawyers have told a federal judge they'd like to present more evidence about Dylann Roof's personality and state of mind. The lawyers filed the motion Friday in connection with the federal death penalty trial, where Roof faces 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, in the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in June of last year.

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Governor Pat McCrory is declaring a state of emergency in 25 western counties as firefighters battle more than 20  forest fires burning in North Carolina's stretch of the Appalachian mountains.

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The Police Evidence Room in Asheville is the subject of an intense public records battle. More than a year ago, a partial audit revealed guns, drugs, and cash were missing. The police chief resigned.

Another, more thorough audit has been completed. But the district attorney won’t release its findings. He says it’s part of an ongoing SBI investigation.

A coalition of media groups sued for the audit’s release, and last week, a judge sided with the DA.

Jon Elliston is covering the dispute for the investigative website Carolina Public Press, which is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. He spoke to Duncan McFadyen