RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Federal judges have approved North Carolina legislative districts redrawn by an expert they hired to address concerns about racial bias with some boundaries and new constitutional violations. The three-judge panel signed off Friday on changes made by a special master. Republican legislative leaders say the previous map approved in August should have been left alone and are expected to appeal the judges' decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a malfunction caused public warning sirens to be heard near a North Carolina nuclear power plant. North Carolina's Department of Public Safety said on Twitter Friday afternoon that the sirens that went off around 1 p.m. were a false alarm. Authorities said there was no emergency at the Harris Nuclear Plant southwest of Raleigh. Duke Energy said that a malfunction caused the sirens to go off and that the cause is being investigated.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Government regulators are proposing changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed. The new rules would allow hog slaughter plants to voluntarily join a new proposed inspection system that would put plant employees in charge of determining which animals are unfit for processing. Critics say the proposals could imperil food safety, but officials insist they will improve industry practices.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly are picking up the pace on creating new judicial election districts, with some leaders hopeful an agreement can be reached next week. House Speaker Tim Moore and the chamber's top judicial mapmaker expressed optimism Friday there would be a deal soon. Senators are suggesting more patience in working out details.
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