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RALEIGH — A North Carolina judge is ordering a state agency to pay nearly $75,000 in legal fees to an animal rights group trying to stop a community from using a live possum in its New Year’s Eve celebration. Organizers of the Brasstown Possum Drop trap a wild possum and put it in a clear plastic box each Dec. 31. The box is lowered to the ground at midnight, and the possum is later released.
RALEIGH — A global agriculture biotechnology company is expanding its North Carolina operations with plans to add 150 new jobs within about five years. Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. said Tuesday it will expand its Durham operations to include a new laboratory and offices at its Research Triangle Park research center. The jobs tied to researching crop protection and seed development methods are expected to pay an average of nearly $82,000 a year compared to the Durham County average of almost $67,000.
NEW BERN — Members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission rejected a petition Tuesday from a man seeking to close the state’s sounds and rivers to trawlers. The Sun Journal of New Bern reports (http://bit.ly/13lbgK6 ) a joint meeting of the Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, Sea Turtle and Shellfish-Crustacean Advisory committees met in New Bern Tuesday to hear the request petition filed by Tim Hergenrader.
SPRING LAKE — A woman whose husband was killed in a traffic accident in Harnett County is facing a first-degree murder charge after the man’s family questioned the circumstances surrounding his death. Maj. Jeff Huber of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Toni Marsha Talley is charged in the death of David Lokeith Worley on July 19.
DURHAM — Antiques, art and other items owned by the late heiress to the Duke tobacco fortune are going up for sale. The Herald-Sun of Durham reports (http://bit.ly/14gkREE) the items from the family of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans will be auctioned on Aug., 25.
WINSTON-SALEM — Underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter net income rose sharply as cotton costs eased from a year ago. Hanesbrands’s earnings topped Wall Street expectation and the company also raised its earnings outlook. Shares rose nearly 3 percent in aftermarket trading.
— CHILDREN-WRECK, from HENDERSONVILLE — Authorities have charged a Hendersonville woman after a wreck sent her and her three young children to a local hospital. Moved as APNewsNow.
— HOTEL-BEDBUGS, from DUNN — Health officials in Harnett County have ordered the closing of a Dunn hotel after discovering bedbugs. Moved as APNewsNow.
— LAKE WYLIE DEBRIS, from LAKE WYLIE, S.C. — York County deputies are recommending that boaters stay off of Lake Wylie for a few days as huge piles of debris wash into the lake from upstream flooding in North Carolina. Moved as APNewsNow.
— SYNGENTA-JOBS, from RALEIGH — A global agriculture biotechnology company is expanding its North Carolina operations with plans to add 150 new jobs within about five years. Moved as APNewsNow.
— NORTH CAROLINA FLOODING, from NEWTON — Catawba County has formally requested disaster assistance from North Carolina for hundreds of victims of last weekend’s flash floods. Moved as APNewsNow.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said quarterback Cam Newton is a player he can build the franchise around. But Gettleman is quick to add “but now it’s time to win.” By Sports Writer Steve Reed.
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