Winston-Salem Journal: News

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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Sunday 03/29/2015
Senate bill would gut annual hospital refund on drug costs

Large nonprofits, particularly health-care systems, are facing again a potential gutting of the state tax refund they receive on purchases.

Needs Coal Ash spill overline Utility could open new landfill

Duke Energy and Eden city officials are discussing the possibility of keeping some of the coal ash generated at the nearby Dan River Steam Station forever close to home.

Greensboro company says it created 'home' T-shirt

Home State Apparel owner Zeke Vantreese reached a settlement agreement with former Greensboro resident Ryan Shell to both sell the “home.” merchandise.

Book focuses on history of BB&T, Wells Fargo and other banks

The stunning rise of BB&T Corp. from an eastern North Carolina community bank to a major Southeast powerhouse has been documented in a new book titled “Genealogy of American Finance.”

Mother spills secret then pursues longtime dream

Tears welled up in Alice “Karyn” Torrence eyes as she recalled telling the youngest of her three children a secret she had kept from them.

Saturday 03/28/2015
Roll Call

WASHINGTON — Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

Autopsy completed, death investigation of boy found in Virginia septic tank continues

DUBLIN — While the search for Noah Thomas has ended, the death investigation has begun, according to Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis.

Police: Greensboro man falsely reported theft of garbage bag of cash

A Greensboro man whose job was to collect cash payments for his employer allegedly falsely reported to police that more than $16,000 cash was stolen from his car.

Prosecutors clear Charlotte police cellphone surveillance

CHARLOTTE — Police didn't violate state laws protecting a criminal defendant's right to a fair trial by using surveillance technology that scans an area for a cell phone used by a target suspect, Mecklenburg County prosecutors said.

Second man arrested in connection with gunfire that hit Greensboro home

Greensboro police arrested a second man in connection with gunfire that struck an occupied home earlier this month.

Saturday 03/28/2015
Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution

RALEIGH — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

The Emancipation Proclamation debuts in Greensboro

On loan from the Indiana State Museum, one of the 151-year-old documents will sit in a dimly lit alcove in the Greensboro Historical Museum for the next four weeks.

Person shot at Greensboro apartment Friday

A person was shot Friday night by someone trying to force their way into an apartment. 

Ask SAM: Can off-duty police be hired to enforce traffic laws in neighborhoods?

Q: I live on a narrow, curvy section of Allistair Road. The speed limit is 30 miles an hour, but people regularly drive much faster than that. How could we get some traffic enforcement on this section of road? And if the city can’t do this, how could the neighbors hire off-duty police officers and could they issue tickets when they are off duty?

First Baptist picks new pastor

The Rev. Emily Hull McGee of Louisville, Ky., will be the new pastor of First Baptist Church in downtown Winston-Salem, the church decided in a congregational vote last Sunday.

Friday 03/27/2015
Man charged in death of son to go to trial next week

HIGH POINT — A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his infant son is expected to go to trial next week.

Police search for missing man

Winston-Salem police will do a ground search Tuesday for man who has been missing nearly two months.

Search for sea glass can yield gem

NAGS HEAD — Tony Brittan held a bit of smooth, red glass smaller than a dime in the palm of his hand.

Fayetteville cuts utilities to home for veterans

FAYETTEVILLE — The power and water has been cut to a home for women veterans in Fayetteville after the home fell behind on utility bills.

Officers nab monkey that attacked worker in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — Authorities have nabbed a fugitive monkey they say attacked a maintenance worker in a North Carolina hospital parking lot.

Elderly Fayetteville woman attacked by dog

FAYETTEVILLE — An 84-year-old Fayetteville woman is recovering after she was attacked by a dog while tending to her flowers.

N.C. Dems urge GOP to OK Lynch as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — North Carolina’s three Democratic members of Congress are urging their state colleagues in the Senate to reconsider their opposition to the nomination of Loretta Lynch for United States attorney general.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

NORMAN, Okla. — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity’s national administration, the university’s president said Friday.

U.S. experts: Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective

WASHINGTON — There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said.

Gillespie named dean at WFU

Wake Forest University has appointed Michele Gillespie, a noted historian, as dean of the college, with academic oversight for the undergraduate school of arts and sciences, WFU said in a statement,

Girl hit by car remains in critical condition

DATELINE – A 4-year-old girl who was hit Monday by a car was still in critical condition, a spokeswoman for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said Friday.

Faculty members from WSSU, UNCSA and ASU to receive UNC system teaching awards

At first glance, they might appear to have little in common.

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP’s goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

ROME — Italy’s highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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