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Cherokee EMS worker charged with embezzlement

CHEROKEE (AP) — An employee of the Cherokee Tribal Emergency Medical Services has been charged with embezzlement. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Amanda Leigh Smoker is accused of taking money over a 15-year period. Smoker pleaded not guilty in U.S. District ...

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Private prison guards arrested for taking bribes

RALEIGH (AP) — Two guards at a private prison in North Carolina have been charged with accepting bribes to smuggle cellphones and cigarettes into the facility. Rhonda Boyd and Raye Lynn Holley worked as correctional officers at Rivers Correctional Institution, a 1,450-bed prison in Winton.

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Prosecutors clear Charlotte officer who shot man

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Prosecutors say a Charlotte police officer acted properly when he shot and killed a man who charged at him with 10-inch garden shears. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/SUSrDt) that prosecutors have concluded that Officer O.S. Swenson did nothing wrong when he shot and killed 26-year-old Clay McCall on Sept. 14.

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Former UNC President Bill Friday dies at 92

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — His first name was William, but few ever called him by it, preferring to use the title that was given to him in 1956 and that he earned for a lifetime — President Friday. William "Bill" Friday, the man who personified higher education in the state even after he stepped down after 30 years as president of the University of North Carolina system, died at his home in Chapel Hill early Friday.

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