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McCrory asked not to defend NC gay marriage ban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.

Gay rights advocates planned Wednesday to deliver petitions to McCrory's office in Raleigh and regional offices in Charlotte and near Asheville. Equality North Carolina says more than 10,000 people have signed the petitions asking McCrory not to defend the 2012 constitutional amendment approved by voters limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

The petitions come a month after pastors rallying at the Capitol asked McCrory to use his powers to defend the amendment. That happened before Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his office would no longer defend the ban after a similar Virginia prohibition was ruled unconstitutional.


Charlotte mayor could be sentenced next week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced as early as next week on a plea to a public corruption charge.

Multiple media outlets reported that court documents show that federal probation officials have completed their presentencing report for Cannon.

The document says U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney will sentence Cannon on Sept. 3 or later.

Cannon has pleaded guilty to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from FBI undercover agents. An affidavit in the case says Cannon sought more than $1 million in kickbacks during a meeting in his office.

Cannon was arrested last March and resigned that day. He pleaded guilty June 3.

Cannon faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced.


Man shot to death in Shelby

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) - Police in Shelby say a man has been killed and a woman has been hurt in a shooting.

Multiple media outlets report that police were called to a home around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Twenty-nine-year-old Jacques McIntyre had been shot in the chest and 40-year-old Demetria Adams had been shot in the foot.

Both victims were taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center, where McIntyre died. Adams was treated and released.

Detectives said there was a fight involving the victims and 23-year-old Richas Clark. Police say Clark left the home before they arrived, but he was picked up in Gastonia and has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon.

It was not clear if Clark has an attorney.


SBI finishes probe of Scotland Sheriff's office

LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety says officials have finished an investigation of the possible mishandling of money in the Scotland County Sheriff's office.

The Fayetteville Observer reported the State Bureau of Investigation has sent a report to the attorney general's office.

The attorney general's special prosecutions division will handle any further developments.

The SBI told Sheriff Shop Jones about the investigation Feb. 24.

Scotland County District Attorney Kristy Newton has asked for the SBI investigation. A search warrant obtained by the newspaper said Newton had said she received letters from residents about payments to the sheriff for off-duty work.

SBI agents took employment records of sheriff's deputies in April to review reports of off-duty work.


Dominion awards $1.3M in education grants

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Resources' charitable arm is awarding more than $1.3 million in grants to schools and educational institutions in nine states and Washington.

The Richmond-based energy provider says more than 100 schools and educational institutions have been chosen for the grants for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Officials say the Dominion's K-12 Education Partnership program will give 77 schools up to $10,000 each to fund projects related to energy and the environment. The Higher Education Partnership program will award 39 college and post-secondary schools up to $50,000 each for projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

The schools and educational organizations receiving the grants are in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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