FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The federal government shutdown scuttled plans for a National Guard training exercise at Fort Bragg. The post's civilian employees are also bracing for adverse effects if the standoff isn't resolved soon. Civilian workers for the Department of Defense are scheduled to find out Monday if they will be furloughed. Fort Bragg has a civilian workforce of approximately 20,000.
PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - An Illinois truck driver faces charges in an interstate crash last year that killed a family of four from North Carolina in southern West Virginia. West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.F. Kane tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that 41-year-old Bertram Copeland of Rockford, Illinois, was charged with four counts of negligent homicide and reckless driving. Kane says Copeland was arraigned in Mercer County Magistrate Court last week and is free on bond.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Coast Guard Cutter Elm is heading to Baltimore this month for a major dry dock overhaul. The Juniper Class, 225-foot seagoing buoy tender was commissioned in 1998. It has spent the last 20 years maintaining over 250 floating aids to navigation from central New Jersey to the Border of North Carolina and South Carolina.
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man who made headlines in 2014 when he was caught for break-ins after winning a doughnut-eating contest has been arrested again. And this time he's accused of stealing from a Dunkin' Donuts shop. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports 27-year-old Bradley Hardison was charged Thursday with stealing from one of the doughnut outlets in November. A phone listing for Hardison rang disconnected.
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