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(AP) Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.
Gay rights advocates planned Wednesday to deliver petitions to McCrory's office in Raleigh and regional offices in Charlotte and near Asheville. Equality North Carolina says more than 10,000 people have signed the petitions asking McCrory not to defend the 2012 constitutional amendment approved by voters limiting marriage to a man and a woman.
The petitions come a month after pastors rallying at the Capitol asked McCrory to use his powers to defend the amendment. That happened before Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his office would no longer defend the ban after a similar Virginia prohibition was ruled unconstitutional.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:50:57 -0400
Chiquita and Fyffes announced overnight that their merger would be worth more than originally thought.
The companies said they would save $20 million per year by combining its shipping, logistics and technology.
They said that would bring its estimated annual savings up to $60 million.
Shareholders are scheduled to vote on the merger next month. If approved, Chiquita said it would move its headquarters out of Charlotte but keep most of the jobs in the Queen City.
Police in Shelby have arrested and charged a 23-year-old after an overnight shooting left a man dead and a woman injured.
Officers said they responded to the shooting call at a home on Crawford Street around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday and when they arrived found 29-year-old Jacques McIntyre suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest.
Police also said 40-year-old Demetria Adams -- McIntyre's girlfriend -- had been shot in the foot.
Both victims were rushed to Cleveland Regional Medical Center, where McIntyre was pronounced dead.
Adams was treated for her injuries and released.
Detectives said there was an altercation at the home involving McIntyre, Adams and 23-year-old Richas Clark. They said Clark left the scene before officers arrived but they were able to find him in Gastonia and brought him back to Shelby, where he was charged with first-degree murder, possession of firearm by felon, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Clark was being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center with no bond.
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