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September 24, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Utility: No negative impacts at flooded ash dump

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says results from samples collected downstream of a flooded North Carolina coal ash dump show no negative impacts to the Cape Fear River.

The data Duke released Monday came from a sample collected over the weekend after a dam breached Friday at the reservoir for the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington. The results from the sample tested in Duke's in-house lab are very similar to the data collected upstream of the breached dam, with no elevated readings for lead, arsenic, selenium or other toxic heavy metals contained in coal ash.

State environmental regulators also collected samples. Those results should be available later in the week.

Flooding from Hurricane Florence overtopped a dike at the reservoir, flooding an adjacent dump containing 400,000 tons of coal ash.


PAC targets politicians it says act against women's interest

The Stanford law professor who led the successful recall of a California judge over his handling of a sexual assault case is now broadening her fight by targeting politicians.

Professor Michele Dauber on Monday announced a new political action committee, the Enough is Enough Voter Project.

It will target candidates for state legislature or Congress who have been accused of sexual misconduct or who the group believes have a poor voting record on issues related to sexual harassment and violence against women.

The PAC is raising money to target a handful of candidates in this year's midterms, all Republicans.

Some of its targets this year say the PAC is being hypocritical by not going after any Democrats who have been accused of sexual misconduct.


Police: College student shot, killed by security officer

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina college student was shot and killed by a security officer who said the shooting was in self-defense.

Durham police said in a news release Monday its officers were sent to the apartment complex on Sept. 18 in response to a report of a gunshot wound. When officers arrived, they found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

On Monday, police identified the victim as 23-year-old DeAndre Ballard, a New Bern native and student at North Carolina Central University.

News outlets report the security guard who shot Ballard works for the NC Detective Agency, which says it stands by his actions.

Durham police are conducting what they call a death investigation. No charges have been filed.


Body of missing swimmer from Ohio found off Duck

DUCK, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say the body of an Ohio man who disappeared last weekend while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean has been found.

The town of Duck said the body of 35-year-old Kyler Miles of Miamisburg, Ohio, was found around 4:12 a.m. Monday.

Last Saturday, Duck Surf Rescue, Duck Fire and Police and Dare County EMS units were dispatched in response to a call of a swimmer in distress at a beach access. Emergency personnel couldn't find the swimmer and officials launched an air and water search.

Local emergency personnel provided aerial support to swimmers, and they were relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard before the search was suspended Saturday afternoon.


Advocacy groups begin campaign against all 6 referendums

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Election advocacy and civil rights groups banding together to oppose all six constitutional referendums on fall ballots hope educating voters will result in the amendments being defeated.

The North Carolina NAACP, Democracy North Carolina, ACLU of North Carolina and North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections held a Raleigh news conference Monday to unveil their "By The People" campaign.

The effort will include community events, grassroots organizing and paid advertising. The campaign says radio ads featuring state NAACP president Rev. T. Anthony Spearman had started airing.

A separate organization called "Stop Deceptive Amendments" already is running a TV ad.

The groups sound most angry about proposals that would alter how judicial vacancies and the state elections board are filled, require photo identification to vote and lower the income tax rate cap.


FBI joins search for boy missing from North Carolina park

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The FBI has joined the search for a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a North Carolina park.

News outlets report authorities say no one has seen Maddox Ritch since he disappeared from Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia on Saturday. The Gaston Gazette reports the boy wandered off while walking around the lake with his family.

According to investigators, Maddox is autistic and is non-verbal.

More than two dozen agencies, including the FBI, are now involved in the search. Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said searchers are "checking every area, every trail, every corner."

The park was closed to the public Sunday, and Helton asked people in a news release to stay away from the area unless they're involved with the official search.


Ernst & Young faces 2nd sexual harassment complaint

NEW YORK (AP) — Ernst & Young has been slapped with a second sexual harassment complaint in less than year describing a culture of discrimination and lewd behavior toward women at the accounting firm.

Karen Ward, a former partner with EY, says her supervisor routinely commented her breasts, suggested she should accompany him to strip clubs and texted her at 2 a.m. while on a work trip asking her to meet him for drinks.

In a complaint filed Monday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ward says she faced retaliation after complaining to senior executives, including one who warned her to "be careful." Ward was fired this month after five years with the company.

EY, a U.K.-based company with 260,000 employees worldwide, calls Ward's claims "unfounded and baseless."


High school runner collapses at cross-country meet, dies

(Information from: The Pilot,

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A high school cross-country runner has collapsed at a North Carolina meet and died.

News outlets report officials say Union Pines High School senior Samantha Davis died early Sunday. Davis was also a member of the high school band, which shared a post on Facebook post confirming her Sunday death.

The Pilot reports Davis had what seemed to be a seizure during the Saturday morning race. Davis' mother, Rebecca Davis, previously has said her daughter suffered a softball-related injury in 2016 that resulted in seizures and an epilepsy diagnosis.

A GoFundMe for the teen says she collapsed at the meet and remained unconscious. It says the fundraising goal of $2,000 to help cover the Davis' family expenses has been surpassed, with nearly $12,000 being raised by Monday.


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