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January 12, 2019 - 12:00 am

THREE DEAD-HARNETT

3 found dead in North Carolina home; murder warrants issued

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Three people — including an infant — have been found dead in a central North Carolina county home, and authorities say they've issued warrants for a suspect in what's being described by the local sheriff as a triple homicide.

Multiple news outlets report that 22-year-old Jacelyn Perkins, 20-year-old Jasmine Perkins and the unidentified child were found dead early Friday evening in the western Harnett County home, near the Barbecue community. Harnett Sheriff Wayne Coats said deputies also discovered another child was unharmed.

The Harnett sheriff's office says they've issued first-degree murder warrants for a suspect. Harnett sheriff's investigators didn't return phone calls Saturday seeking whether an arrest had been made.

Coats didn't say how the victims were killed. He said he didn't believe that area residents were in immediate danger.

TROOPER KILLED-NORTH CAROLINA

Judge OK's seeking death penalty in trooper's fatal shooting

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge has signed off on a prosecutor's plan to seek the death penalty for a young adult accused in a North Carolina trooper's shooting death.

Multiple news outlets report Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser made the decision during Friday's court hearing Friday for 18-year-old Chauncey Askew. He's charged with first-degree murder in the October death of Trooper Kevin Conner. District Attorney Jon David announced earlier his plans to seek capital punishment.

Authorities say the shooting occurred along U.S. Highway 701, when a pickup truck was stopped for a speeding violation. Conner died at the hospital. Askew was arrested later in South Carolina.

David says Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis is now indicted for accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in Conner's death. Davis' original first-degree murder charge was dropped.

LOWE'S-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

Lowe's wants documents in ex-executive's bias case sealed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's Cos. is seeking to keep secret some of its documents in a discrimination case filed by an African-American ex-executive who says the home improvement chain unfairly fired him.

Michael Jones was chief custom officer until 2016 for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retailer. His federal lawsuit alleges he was unfairly pitted against a white executive in a succession plan to take over for Robert Niblock as CEO. Jones wants $12.5 million, as well as other financial damages for emotional harm.

The Charlotte Observer reports Lowe's filed 13 exhibits under seal because it says they contain confidential business and proprietary information. Jones' attorneys say the documents should be available in open court. The lawsuit's next hearing is Jan. 23.

Niblock's successor became Marvin Ellison, now the company's first black CEO.

OBIT-GIBBS

Joe Gibbs' eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing says co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died. He was 49.

The team announced J.D. Gibbs' death on Saturday, saying he passed from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. It was revealed in 2015 that he was dealing with "conditions related to brain function." He was serving as president of JGR at the time.

Jason Dean Gibbs later served as co-chairman of JGR. Before stepping into a management role, he was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002.

Gibbs played defensive back and quarterback at William & Mary from 1987-90 while his father coached the Washington Redskins, a team he led to three Super Bowl titles.

Washington owner Dan Snyder and wife Tanya say they are "heartbroken for the J.D. Gibbs family."

Gibbs is survived by wife Melissa and four boys.

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COMMITTEES

Republicans largely keep GOP veterans in top committee spots

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans running the North Carolina General Assembly for another two years largely have kept veteran GOP lawmakers in top committee spots.

House and Senate leaders released many committee assignments as the session began this past week.

The House Appropriations Committee has three senior chairs in Reps. Linda Johnson of Kannapolis, Donny Lambeth of Winston-Salem and Jason Saine of Lincolnton.

Saine was senior co-chairman of the House Finance Committee the past two years. Now that panel will be led by Reps. John Szoka of Fayetteville, Mitchell Setzer of Catawba and Julia Howard of Mocksville. Rep. David Lewis of Dunn remains rules committee chairman.

In the Senate, second-term Sen. Paul Newton of Mount Pleasant is a new finance committee co-chairman, with Sens. Ralph Hise of Spruce Pine and Jerry Tillman of Archdale.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA

Winter storm watches posted for parts of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watched for parts of central North Carolina in advance of an expected combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Forecasters say the storm is expected to drop precipitation beginning Saturday evening through mid-morning Sunday. Light snow accumulation is possible across the northern piedmont and Virginia border counties with amounts ranging from a dusting to near an inch.

Also, forecasters say accumulations of ice due to freezing rain are also possible mainly north and west of U.S. Highway 1 with amounts ranging from a thin glaze to as much as two-tenths, with the greater amounts north of Interstate 85 and in the Triad area.

The weather service also says lingering snow flurries or freezing drizzle are possible on Monday.

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST

The Latest: US House may review disputed N Carolina election

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. House committee is signaling that Congress may ultimately resolve the nation's last undecided congressional race.

The head of the House Administration Committee on Friday asked North Carolina elections officials to preserve all original notes, recordings or documents used in investigating allegations of ballot fraud in the state's 9th District.

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California says the U.S. House may also investigate and ultimately determine the rightful winner of the disputed seat. Lofgren says state officials should save all evidence they collect or which is turned over by law enforcement or prosecutorial agencies.

Sworn statements by voters and other witnesses have suggested mail-in ballots could have been altered or discarded.

Republican Mark Harris holds a narrow lead over Democrat Dan McCready.

CHARLOTTE AIRPORT-RENOVATIONS

Renovations to begin on terminal at North Carolina airport

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Another round of renovations is set to begin at a North Carolina airport.

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say renovations on Concourse C will begin Monday as part of the airport's $2.5 billion capital investment program.

Airport officials say the renovations include new ceiling tiles, carpet in the seating areas and upgraded seating. Terrazzo flooring will be installed in the center walkway to better accommodate rolling luggage. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2020.

Work will begin at the far end of the concourse and continue in stages. Most work will occur between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. to limit disruptions.

Renovations on Concourse B are scheduled for completion this spring. Concourse A renovations began in September and are scheduled for completion in early 2020.

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