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Political group running another anti-Tillis NC ad

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An independent political group plans to spend more than $1 million over the next two weeks for a television ad critical of North Carolina Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis by trying to link him to conservative financiers.

A spokesman for the Patriot Majority USA says the commercial started Tuesday in most TV markets in the state. The ad's narrator accuses the state House speaker of treating Charles and David Koch "like family." The brothers have given substantially to the conservative Americans for Prosperity. That group has run ads targeting Tillis' rival, Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

The Patriot Majority ad mentions laws approved last year in Raleigh that cut income tax rates for corporations and individuals but provided no pay raises to teachers.

Patriot Majority ran another anti-Tillis ad in February.


5 highlights on NC child health in new report

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - According to a new report, children in North Carolina are healthier and better at math and reading than they were nearly a decade ago.

The Kids Count report is created by the Annie E. Casey foundation, a philanthropy and research organization based in Baltimore.

But the report says the state has more children in poverty than it did in 2005. More than a quarter of the state's children are impoverished, though the national average of impoverished children also increased, from 19 percent to 23 percent.

North Carolina ranked 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, and 38th for economic well-being.


Wilmington woman charged in hit and run death

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A Wilmington woman has been arrested and charged in a weekend hit and run death.

Wilmington Police Cpl. Leslie Irving said 40-year-old Michael Rankin was driving a moped when he was struck and killed early Saturday.

Irving says 22-year-old Stephanie M. Wells has been charged in the death.

Police said Wells left the scene but then called 911 to report the accident. She is charged with driving while intoxicated, felony hit and run, and death by motor vehicle. It was not clear if she has an attorney.


Airman killed in NC will be buried in Pensacola

(Information in the following story is from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal,

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An airman who died after being run over by a government vehicle during an Air Force training exercise will be buried in Florida's Panhandle.

A funeral will be held Friday morning at a Pensacola church for Senior Airman Timothy J. Wright. The service will be followed by a burial at Barrancas National Cemetery.

David Wright tells the Pensacola News Journal that the public is welcome to mourn the 30-year-old airman.

Officials at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, say several unit members who witnessed the accident last week attempted to revive Wright before emergency personnel arrived. The incident remains under investigation.

Wright was assigned to Pope's 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as an aeromedical evacuation technician. He previously served as an aerospace medical service technician at Travis Air Force Base, California.


NC judge won't seal records in hazing lawsuit

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - A judge has refused to seal records in a lawsuit after the death of a student at High Point University two years ago.

The High Point Enterprise reported that Superior Court Judge Patrice Hinnant on Monday rejected a request by lawyers for former High Point University students Michael Qubein and Marshall Jefferson to seal documents in the case.

The mother of 22-year-old Robert Tipton Jr. has sued, saying her son died in an off-campus apartment in 2012 after he was attacked during a fraternity hazing incident while pledging the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

No charges have been filed. A state medical examiner said Tipton died from an overdose of prescription drugs.

Qubein's lawyer asked that records in the case be sealed so his client could get a fair trial.


Vandals damage a dozen graves in Gaston County

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - Gaston County police say vandals have damaged about a dozen headstones in a cemetery near Stanley.

Police said the vandalism occurred late Friday or early Saturday at a cemetery shared by Springfield Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.

One of the 13 headstones damaged belonged to Theodore Abernethy, who records show was born a slave in 1862 and died in 1935.

No arrests have been reported.


Charlotte, Duke, consider airport coal ash plan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte officials and Duke Energy are still considering Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a site for millions of tons of coal ash now at Mountain Island Lake.

The Charlotte Observer reported that a city committee said Monday that Duke is considering the city's counterproposal to the company's original idea of putting ash under the runways.

It's unclear where the ash might go.

An assistant city manager said he hopes to have a recommendation next month. He said the city has not asked Duke what alternative it is considering besides the airport plan.

City officials have looked at sites for the ash north and south of the airport's westernmost runway. Charlotte Douglas owns the land, but it is not used as part of the airfield.


Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio museum

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due.

It was Charles Taylor - a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop - who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903.

On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.

The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a slew of automakers rejected the brothers' request to build one.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the San Diego-based Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association raised $6,000 to have the bronze bust displayed at the museum.


Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were 35 mph. Little change is strength is expected Tuesday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night. The depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.

The depression is centered about 910 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at about 17 mph.

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