June 24, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say water filters installed at six homes all removed a potentially harmful chemical made at an eastern North Carolina plant.

Results of the tests posted by the state Department of Environmental Quality show the activated carbon filtration systems all removed a chemical called GenX and a dozen other compounds from water near the Chemours plant in Bladen County.

The chemical has been found in hundreds of private wells around the plant and the state has been investigating how harmful it might be for years. There are no studies on how GenX might affect humans.

Department of Environmental Quality Director of Waste Management Michael Scott told The Fayetteville Observer the test data is encouraging, but more time is needed to see how long the filters last.


BENSON, N.C. (AP) — Investigators say a truck driver on Interstate 40 in North Carolina was accidentally wounded by a man shooting target practice in his yard.

Johnston County deputies said Colton Kinsey did not have a proper backstop to stop the bullets as he fired a gun in outside a home in Benson Friday afternoon.

Deputies told news outlets that one of the bullets struck the driver of a passing 18-wheeler heading westbound on I-40. He was able to stop his rig safely and was being treated at the hospital. His name was not released.

Kinsey was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.


DUNN, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in North Carolina shot and wounded a man who fired his gun at them and missed during a domestic dispute.

Harnett County deputies said 27-year-old Trevor West is expected to survive after the shooting at a home in Dunn around 11:30 p.m.

Deputies say West will face four counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting at the four officers and a number of other charges when he gets out of the hospital.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release West was waving a gun and fired at officers who responded to the domestic violence call.

Authorities say Harnett County deputy Ethan Core and Dunn Police officer Holly Pendergraph fired back at West.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.


FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say 11 vehicles have been destroyed after a fire in the parking lot of an amusement park.

The Flint Hill Fire Department said it took about 30 minutes to put out the fire Friday afternoon in the Carowinds parking lot.

Firefighters said no one was injured in the blaze.

The fire department told news outlets the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Carowinds officials say they tried to get rental cars and car seats for all the people who lost their vehicles.

The amusement park sits on the state line between South Carolina and North Carolina near Charlotte.


MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a decomposing body found near a North Carolina home where three people were killed is the man they wanted to talk to about the shootings.

Burke County deputies said gun was found near 61-year-old Kenneth Powell’s body and they are awaiting ballistics tests to see if it was the same weapon used to kill three people on June 7 in Morganton.

Investigators say Powell knew 23-year-old Trae Ward; 57-year-old Pamela Ward; and 22-year-old Jimmy Stamey. They were all found dead in the home where a 2-year-old was unharmed.

Deputies told news outlets Powell’s body was about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from his apartment.

Deputies haven’t given a motive for the killings.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina Republican legislators are determined to remove Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and future governors from involvement with a state panel administering elections and ethics laws.

House Republicans unveiled late Friday a proposed constitutional amendment that would put all appointments for the state elections and ethics board in the hands of the General Assembly. Right now, Cooper picks all members.

Like the current board, no party would comprise a majority of the membership of the board the amendment envisions.

The proposal will be heard Monday in a House committee. It’s one of several amendments GOP lawmakers want to submit to voters in November.

GOP legislators and Cooper have been fighting over the board’s composition and powers since just after Cooper was elected in late 2016.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators have denied a request from Duke Energy to raise electric rates and ordered the utility to refund $60 million in deferred taxes to customers.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission also decided Friday to fine Duke Energy $70 million because of the way it handled coal ash.

The Duke Energy Carolinas subsidiary serving about 2 million customers had requested a rate increase of an extra $472 million per year, or an average of about 8.5 percent. That’s after public hearings and a partial settlement with the state’s official consumer advocate.

The utility wanted to increase rates to pay for a nuclear power plant that won’t be built and charge customers additional billions of dollars to upgrade the power grid in central and western North Carolina.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s even-year primary elections are moving from May to March and police will get a new tool to track illegal opioid transactions with Gov. Roy Cooper signing nearly 30 bills into law.

Cooper announced Friday he’s signed one-third of the more than 75 bills on his desk that must be acted on by either Sunday or Monday. Bills neither signed nor vetoed by the deadlines become law automatically.

The primary date shift begins in 2020 for presidential primaries, along with races for governor, congress and scores of federal, state and local positions. Lawmakers set a March 2016 primary so presidential candidates would pay more attention to North Carolina.

The opioid measure allows an investigator to get records from the state’s controlled substance database without a warrant or court order.

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