Provisional ballots are doing little to change the final margin of North Carolina's presidential race.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama gained 100 extra votes as counties tallied some 23,000 provisional ballots Friday. The new ballots extended his margin to 14,289.
There are still about 10 counties that haven't reported results. Friday was the day counties were to canvass their provisional ballots and provide numbers to the State Board of Elections. The state doesn't certify final results until Dec. 1.
The Associated Press declared Obama the winner last week after determining there weren't enough provisional ballots to change the outcome.
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Perdue sends good wishes to Graham
Gov.-elect Bev Perdue delivered “Happy Birthday!” wishes on behalf of the state to the Rev. Billy Graham at his 90th birthday party Thursday night.
Perdue was among about 500 attendees at a dinner at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, and she spoke briefly, praising the Charlotte-born evangelist and offering the state's good wishes.
“He has given strength to millions, including me, in times of trial,” Perdue told the crowd, according to a copy of her remarks, “built mountains of faith in times of uncertainty, shared times of happiness, and has been there for any and all seeking a new beginning through belief.”
The loser in the 88th N.C. House District race has requested a recount.
Mark Hollo, a Republican, lost to incumbent Rep. Ray Warren, a Democrat, by 210 votes, based on Friday's canvass of provisional ballots.
Hollo sent a letter to the N.C. Board of Elections requesting a recount, said Catawba County Elections Specialist Marvin Bentley. The state will inform the local election boards in Catawba and Alexander counties whether it granted the request. If so, Bentley said a recount would likely be next week. The 88th district covers Hickory and Alexander County.
An airport official says a Virgin Atlantic jet carrying nearly 350 people made an emergency landing after crew members felt heat coming from the plane's floor.
But Airport Director Jon Rosborough told the Star-News of Wilmington that it turned out to be coming from an overheated toilet pump, not a fire. Officials said the passengers and crew on the Miami-to-London flight were taken to hotels early Friday morning.
The Airbus jet was diverted to Wilmington International Airport late Thursday night after crew members thought the heat may have been coming from the cargo hold. Rosborough says inspectors found no evidence of a fire.
Officials say that no one was injured, and that the plane landed without incident.
Duke University has been fined $35,000 for safety violations related to a steam pipe explosion that killed a maintenance worker in May.
The N.C. Department of Labor fined the school for eight violations following the accidental death of university employee Rayford Cofer.
State inspectors said the school failed to have two easily accessible emergency exits and had no warning signs posted near some steam lines. Their report also said the school didn't have written maintenance procedures or steam-pipe tests for employees.
The university has 15 days to appeal the findings.
Cofer died when a steam line burst as he worked inside the mechanical room in the basement of a science building.
Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art received an unexpected gift and gained other benefits even if the visitors to its biggest exhibition yet fell short of targets.
The museum's exhibition of works by El Greco and other Spanish Old Masters drew about 75,000 people visitors instead of the 100,000 targeted by the time it ended Sunday.
Nasher spokeswoman Wendy Hower Livingston said Friday the price tag of the exhibit will be lower than the $2 million previously estimated. Sponsors, grants and donations picked up $1 million of the cost. Ticket sales raised less than $500,000.
Livingston said some of the more than $500,000 shortfall will be made up with a benefactor's unexpected financial gift to the museum.
Prosecutors say the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation has started to deliver a report on the confrontations between law enforcement officers and some East Carolina University football fans earlier this season.
District Attorney Clark Everett told the Greenville Daily Reflector that he received the first portion of the SBI's investigative report Wednesday.
Fans rushed the field Sept. 6 after the Pirates defeated then-No. 8 West Virginia 24-3. Video showed fans being knocked to the ground by some officers, and the university received complaints about police brutality on the field.
N.C. investigators have returned to Carolina Beach to search for the remains of a mother and daughter who disappeared 67 years ago in a case that has long stumped authorities.
The State Bureau of Investigation brought ground-penetrating radar to a home this week to scan a concrete slab for any sign of remains, the Star-News of Wilmington reported.
“Family members of the missing persons came forward with some additional information and asked that the case be reopened,” said SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley. She said the agency has access to ground-penetrating radar equipment at no cost through the forensic science program at N.C. State University.
Thirty-six-year-old Leila Bryan and her 4-year-old daughter Mary Rachel disappeared May 10, 1941. The case had been initially investigated during that decade but never solved. Carolina Beach Police Chief William Younginer said Bryan's husband, E.C. Bryan, had at one time been a suspect. He said the husband had laid concrete beneath the elevated home and left soon after. He is now deceased.
South Carolina prisons officials will continue to punish inmates who perform sex acts by dressing them in pink after a federal judge dismissed an inmate's lawsuit over the issue.
Corrections spokesman Josh Gelinas said Friday the agency will keep using a policy that allows officials to discipline inmates who perform sex acts in front of officers by making them trade their customary tan jumpsuit in for a pink one.
Inmate Sherone Nealous sued in 2006, claiming the Corrections Department “is placing inmates' lives and physical well-being in danger” by making inmates wear the jumpsuits.
On Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge David Norton dismissed Nealous' claim.
A woman died Friday after losing control of her vehicle and running into a tractor-trailer truck and a median on Interstate 85 in Gastonia, according to Gastonia Police,
Dorothy Shuford Shade, 52, of Hickory, was entering I-85 northbound at Exit 17 around 10:30 a.m. when she lost control of her 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. Authorities said the vehicle started skidding and spinning, and weather conditions might have been a factor.
A Penske Trucking Co. Freightliner truck driven by Robert Johnson, 52, of Inman, S.C., tried unsuccessfully to avoid the Trailblazer. Both vehicles hit the median wall, authorities said. Shuford, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
UNC police are continuing to investigate an incident Tuesday night in which a campus police officer used a Taser on an 18-year-old student.
The student, Francis Fraboni II, had no shirt on, was acting erratically and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to police. He was approaching and threatening other students outside Hinton James residence hall, said Randy Young, spokesman for UNC Chapel Hill Public Safety.
Students contacted a resident adviser, who called police, Young said.
Officer Dawn Westbrook gave Fraboni a verbal warning and used pepper spray or another type of spray but was not able to subdue him, Young said. He said he did not know how many other officers might have been on their way when Westbrook used her Taser.
Fraboni, of Arden, was taken to UNC Hospitals, where he was involuntarily committed and was released the next day, according to police and The Daily Tar Heel. No charges have been brought against Fraboni, but the case remains under investigation, Young said.