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DAVIDSON — A rival to North Carolina's Republican Senate primary front runner picked at Thom Tillis' legislative record in the primary's first head-to-head encounter on live TV. The state House speaker and three other leading candidates held their first debate Tuesday evening at Davidson College north of Charlotte. The election is two weeks away. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos NCCB102, NCCB101, NCCB105, NCCB106.
KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED
CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina prosecutor was the original target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, an indictment released Tuesday said. Nine people were charged in the kidnapping of 63-year-old Frank Janssen, the father of Wake Forest assistant district attorney Colleen Janssen. Frank Janssen was abducted April 5 from his Wake Forest home and held captive for five days in Atlanta before being rescued by the FBI. By Mitch Weiss. SENT: 640 words.
COAL ASH SPILL-NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH — Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton suggested the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options. The company's proposal is to remove the coal ash from unlined dumps at four of its power plants, but then leave much of what is stored at 10 other sites in place after covering it with plastic and soil. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 650 words.
RALEIGH — The union representing tens of thousands of North Carolina state workers said Tuesday it filed a complaint with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission over how State Treasurer Janet Cowell is managing the $86 billion pension system. The move by the State Employees Association of North Carolina is an escalation of the union's years of criticism of pension fund management under Cowell and her predecessor Richard Moore, both Democrats. North Carolina is one of a handful of states in which the state treasurer is responsible for making pension fund investment decisions. SEANC wants an investment board to manage the money. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 590 words.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — An expedition is heading out this week to recover the remaining gold from a sunken 19th-century steamship that yielded an estimated $50 million a quarter century ago before legal challenges shut down the recovery. The Odyssey Explorer and its crew of 41, operated by Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Fla., was to leave late Tuesday or Wednesday for the S.S. Central America, located about 160 miles off the coast of the Carolinas in 7,200 feet of water. By Bruce Smith. SENT: 550 words, AP Photos SCBS101, SCBS105, SCBS104, SCBS103, SCBS102.
MOORESVILLE — Downtown Mooresville will be booming next month. The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1rfu5Iz ) the Mooresville Board of Commissioners has unanimously agreed to allow the producers of the Cinemax series "Banshee" to conduct late-night simulated gunfire, explosions and fist fights in downtown Mooresville. It's scheduled from June 12 to July 11. SENT: 210 words.
DRUG TRAFFICKING ARREST
GREENVILLE — Authorities say a Raleigh man faces multiple drug charges following a traffic stop in Greenville. WCTI reports (http://bit.ly/1iGHjvh) the Greenville Police Department said 21-year-old Faisal Tyler Moghadass is being held in the Pitt County jail under a $1.3 million bond. It couldn't be determined if Moghadass has an attorney. SENT: 240 words.
— XGR--HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL, from GREENSBORO — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says North Carolina leaders were right both to decline expanding Medicaid and creating their own online insurance web site through the federal health care overhaul. SENT: 130 words.
— WINGATE PRESIDENT, from WINGATE — The president of Wingate University says he plans to retire from the job in May 2015. SENT: 120 words.
— DOG BURNED, from GREENSBORO — Veterinary technicians at the Guilford County Animal Shelter are treating a Lhasa Apso after it was found abandoned and burned in a yard. SENT: 120 words.
— COLUMBUS COUNTY-SHOOTING DEATH, from DELCO — Authorities in Columbus County are looking for a suspect after a Delco man was found shot to death. SENT: 80 words.
MIAMI — LeBron James grabbed a basketball off a rack as he left the practice court Tuesday, then turned and took a 40-footer without so much as jumping. Swish. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos AAA108, AAA121.