First Drip (6/18/15): Police searching for suspect in Charleston shooting


A white male opened fire on a group of churchgoers in Charleston's oldest historical black church on Wednesday, killing nine of them. On Thursday, police said the man sat praying with the victims for an hour before opening fire. The suspect is still at large. Three men and six women were among the dead, including S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was the pastor at Emanuel AME Episcopal Church. 

A man was shot and killed in east Charlotte on Wednesday night. The shooting happened on Finchley Drive around 10:30 p.m. The victim, who hasn't been identified, was pronounced dead on scene and police have not given any suspect information. 

Rescue workers airlifted a teenager to the hospital after two watercraft collided on Lake Norman on Wednesday. An 18-year-old man reportedly ran a jet ski into the back of another jet ski, injuring the 18-year-old male passenger. The jet ski that was hit was being driven by a girl under 18 years old. The injured male suffered a broken leg, but was airlifted to the hospital to check for internal injuries, rescue workers said. 

The upcoming King v. Burwell decision in the United State Supreme Court could have a dire impact on North Carolinians, as 460,000 of them receive some subsidies in regards to their health insurance through the federal exchange, or Obamacare. If the Supreme Court decides that such subsidies are unconstitutional, it would reportedly cancel $1.7 billion in subsidies for North Carolina residents. The decision is expected in the coming weeks. 

Duke Energy has reached an agreement with the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to pay the county up to $18 million for the right to store coal ash in old clay mines in Chatham County. Duke is being forced to remove coal ash from plants such as Riverbend in Mount Holly, and will wrap the ash in clay and plastic liners before placing it in clay mines in Sanford and Moncure. Residents and county commissioners had tried to fight the placement of the toxic coal ash in their county, but state regulators granted permits for the project two weeks ago. 

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