First Drip (7/23/15): N.C. newspapers suing McCrory for records laws violations

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Some of North Carolina largest newspapers are suing Gov. Pat McCrory for violation North Carolina public records laws. The Charlotte Observer, Raleigh's News & Observer and two advocacy groups are among those suing the McCrory administration for holding onto records for as long as a year after being requested to release them in some cases and threatening to charge unnecessary fees for them. State public records laws require the government to hand over unclassified documents such as emails at any citizen's request. 

Duke Energy announced yesterday that one of its corporate lawyers, David Fountain, will take over as North Carolina president of the company on September 1. He will replace David Newton, who announced his retirement last month. Fountain will manage state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development, community affairs, water strategy, hydroelectric licensing and lake services. 

A car and human remains found in a Caldwell County lake are believed to be those of Amos Shook, who was reported missing in February 1972. The N.C. Bureau of Investigations and North Catawba Fire and Rescue used sonar technology to locate Shook's 1968 Pontiac Catalina about 30 feet from the surface of Lake Rhodhiss. Investigators said the man's wallet and identification were still intact. 

Union County commissioners again turned down a request for funding from the Union County Board of Education, The county commissioners have been in turmoil with the Union County Board of Education over funding since a 2013 lawsuit awarded the board of education $91 million and was later overturned. This time, Union County Public Schools reportedly requested nearly $2 million for school maintenance projects and were denied. 

Yesterday, Wells Fargo announced they will be cutting about 100 jobs in Fort Mill. All affected individuals are eligible to receive pay and benefits through mid-September, and if a team member is unable to find a position within the company, they may be eligible to continue on the with the company's salary continuation plan for separation benefits based on their years of service.

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