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2 NC sheriff's deputies injured in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Two Cumberland County sheriff's deputies have been injured in a shooting in Fayetteville.

Deputies were called to a domestic dispute about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said the dispute involved a grandfather and his grandson.

Tanna said the suspect ran from the home and was taken into custody after being shot on a nearby street.

Officials said the deputies were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville for treatment. A spokesman for the hospital would not release any information on their conditions.

Tanna confirmed that at least one of the deputies was shot.


Parents of missing teen charged with theft

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The adoptive parents of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons are facing federal conspiracy and theft of fund charges.

Casey and Sandy Parson were arrested Wednesday in Fayetteville, where they moved after Erica disappeared.

Court documents say the Parsons continued to collect government money, more than $12,000, to help raise the girl, even though she was no longer living with the couple.

The Parsons' arrest comes one year after Erica was reported missing by a son of her adoptive parents. Erica was last seen in November 2011.

Casey and Sandy Parsons have said they have nothing to do with the girl's disappearance and that she is living with her biological grandmother in Asheville.

Police and the girl's biological mother say that woman does not exist.


Elizabeth City State administrator dies in crash

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) - An administrator hired to increase enrollment at Elizabeth State University has died in a traffic accident.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that 38-year-old Myron Burney died when his car hit a tractor-trailer truck in Windsor earlier this week.

Burney was hired just last month as interim assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management to increase enrollment at the university. Another administrator who held the position, Grady Deese Jr., died in 2009.

Burney had told the newspaper in an article published the morning of the accident that Deese's death contributed in part to an ongoing decline in enrollment. Undergraduate enrollment peaked at almost 3,100 in 2010 but is expected to fall under 2,000 this fall.


Son says NC-based missionary fighting Ebola

(AP) - The son of a North Carolina-based missionary says his mother is fighting the Ebola virus while in isolation in Liberia.

Jeremy Writebol in Wichita, Kansas, told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday he's been able to talk with Nancy Writebol as she fights the illness.

He says his mother is able to move around the home where she's in isolation and has been able to get plenty of fluids.

Jeremey Writebol says he's concerned about his father, David Writebol, who was exposed before his wife learned of her condition. Jeremy Writebol said his father is feeling fine and is checking his temperature every six hours to monitor his condition.

The Writebols' Charlotte, North Carolina, church plans a prayer service Wednesday night for her and Kent Brantly, another medical missionary fighting the disease.


NC woman charged with embezzlement

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Lincoln County sheriff's deputies have charged a woman with taking more than $4,000 from her employer.

Deputies say 33-year-old Meghan Black Cook of Maiden is accused of taking the money from a Walmart store in Denver (NC) over a four-month period.

Cook faces a single embezzlement charge.

Deputies say Walmart asked them to investigate a possible theft by an employee. Investigators say Cook is accused of making 51 cash refund receipts for medication that had been purchased and then keeping the receipts.

Deputies say the thefts occurred between April and July.

It was not clear if Cook has an attorney.


NC elections board sets special judicial filing

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Board of Elections has set a special filing period for three North Carolina judicial seats.

Candidates may file during regular business hours at the board's office in Raleigh, beginning at noon Friday and ending at noon Aug. 8. The filing fee is about $1,330 for the Court of Appeals and about $1,260 for Superior Court.

Additional details are available online.

The seats up for election were vacated by Chief Judge John Martin of the Court of Appeals, Superior Court Judge William Constangy in Mecklenburg County and Superior Court Judge Robert Johnson in Alamance County.

Judicial races in North Carolina are nonpartisan. All qualified candidates will appear on the general election ballot in November. The winner in each race will be determined by a plurality.


Coast Guard says drownings are up in 5th District

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard 5th District is emphasizing safety on the water following 40 drownings that occurred from northern New Jersey to southern North Carolina this summer.

A statement from the Coast Guard says that of the 40 boating- or swimming-related deaths, 34 people were not wearing lifejackets.

Capt. William Cameron, 5th District response chief, says regardless of how a person ends up in the water, wearing a lifejacket is the single most important precaution a person can take to increase their chances of survival when things go wrong.

The Coast Guard is strongly encouraging boaters and swimmers to take simple precautions like swimming in areas with lifeguards, getting a free, local vessel safety check and taking a boating safety course.


Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists.

The investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee documents inspection delays and government errors in risk assessment in a $595 million terror prevention program. A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press.

Half of the 4,011 high-risk facilities on the Homeland Security Department's watch list are in 10 states. They are California, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and New Jersey.

Committee investigators say larger metropolitan regions such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia might be more vulnerable to an attack.

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