MAYOR'S BROTHER-IN LAW KILLED
Man arrested in death of SC mayor's brother in law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The man wanted in the shooting death of the brother-in-law of Columbia, S.C.'s mayor has been arrested in Charlotte.
Charlotte police say 40-year-old Arthur Givens was arrested Tuesday.
Givens is charged with murder, possession of a weapon by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats. It was not clear if he has an attorney.
Thirty-eight-year-old Donald Gist Jr. was shot and killed Friday afternoon in Charlotte. Gist is the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
Police had said the shooting did not appear to be random, as the suspect and the victim knew each other.
Gist's family issued a statement thanking Charlotte officials for the quick action in arresting a suspect.
NC teachers group plans new steps against changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An advocacy group representing North Carolina teachers is promising more action to resist a new state law that eliminates job protections and shifts toward performance pay.
The North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Justice Center say they'll describe their latest efforts on Wednesday. The groups say school legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year will undermine public schools.
Republicans who this year took control of most of state government after Gov. Pat McCrory's election say their changes attempt to hold teachers and schools more accountable for student learning.
State Senate leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County says the Obama administration has pushed states to develop teacher evaluation systems with teeth and merit pay for teachers.
Filming causes traffic problems in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Rush hour traffic is always a challenge in downtown Charlotte.
It was a harder challenge Tuesday morning after officials allowed the closing of some streets to film a television program.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation has apologized for the delays. Agency director Danny Pleasant says he will review how his department handles such requests in the future.
Pleasant says Charlotte wants to accommodate the film industry. He says there was some confusion about the timing on the street closures and the filming.
The crew was filming a pilot for a show called "The Novice." The filming was a one-day event.
Some downtown workers got advance notice of the shutdown.
NC group challenges Duke Energy merger settlement
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A clean-energy advocacy group is asking a North Carolina appeals court to reopen a probe into whether Duke Energy misled state regulators before a merger that made it the country's largest electric company.
The state Court of Appeals plans closed-door discussions Wednesday into the legal challenge by the group NC WARN. The group says last year's settlement closing a North Carolina Utilities Commission investigation should be reconsidered.
The state regulator investigated Duke Energy after it rushed to complete the Charlotte-based company's merger with Raleigh's Progress Energy ahead of a deadline.
Duke Energy shocked investors and consumers by quickly firing Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson, who was supposed to head the combined company. The surprise CEO switch prompted shareholder lawsuits and led to consumers accusing the commission of being duped.
NC Army division activates 2 new battalions
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team is getting two new battalions as part of the Army's restructuring.
Army spokesman Capt. Neil Alcaria says Wednesday's ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Fort Bragg.
Alcaria says the 127th Brigade Engineer Battalion is joining the brigade. It is designed to beef up the brigade's engineering capabilities and was formerly the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
The second unit is the 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. It was formerly known as the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment and is evolving from a reconnaissance and surveillance group to a parachute infantry unit.
The Army is reorganizing from a high of 570,000 soldiers down to 490,000 in the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
GHOST TOWN ACCIDENT
Ghost Town fined for shooting accident
MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Labor Department is fining the Wild West theme park Ghost Town after an actor was injured during a staged shootout show earlier this year.
The Labor Department ordered a $2,000 fine Tuesday, saying the park failed to provide safe guns to workers.
Investigators said actors at the park were using three real .45-caliber revolvers and a real shotgun loaded with blanks for shows. The state suggested using guns capable of only firing blanks.
Labor investigators examined a complaint that gunfighter Robert Bradley was hit with shrapnel from a shotgun blast during a show July 6.
There was no answer Wednesday morning at a phone number listed for the park.
The park can pay the fine, asking for a conference with the labor department or dispute the fine.
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