First Drip (4/9/15): Duke Energy fights state fine, Obama says enough with conversion therapy, more



Given the impact the eyewitness video had in the North Charleston police shooting of an unarmed black man, Jonathan Ferrell's family is again calling for the release of the dash cam video that spurred Police Chief Rodney Monroe to charge CMPD officer Randall Kerrick. Kerrick will go to trial in July.

Duke Energy has filed "a blistering appeal" — the Business Journal's words, not mine, but I like it! — against the $25.1 million fine it received for polluting the groundwater at the closed Sutton Plant in Wilmington. Who didn't see that coming? The utility says the fine "is more than four times larger than any previous environmental fine imposed by the state."

Veterans in eastern North Carolina, which is home to Camp Lejeune (oo rah!) and Fort Bragg, experience a longer wait time for health care appointments at the VA than the national average. "At the VA clinic in Jacksonville, 16 percent of the appointments completed between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28 failed to meet the VA's timeliness standard, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days." The national average is 2.8 percent.

President Obama says enough with the conversion therapies targeting LGBT youth. But he won't explicitly ask for a federal law banning the practice often toted by socially conservative, religious groups. "Instead, he will throw his support behind the efforts to ban the practice at the state level," reports the NY Times.

It's like the Secret Service is trying to create its own real-life version of Scandal. Now, a senior supervisor has been placed on leave and his security clearance suspended after making sexual advances on a female subordinate.

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