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FRACKING HEARING

Public meeting on fracking to be held in Sanford

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) - Residents in Sanford will get a chance to voice their opinions on hydraulic fracturing drilling at a public meeting that is the second of four such gatherings planned by the state Mining and Energy Commission.

The hearing will be held Friday evening. It follows one held Wednesday in Raleigh that nearly 400 people attended.

Fracking opponents will hold a news conference before the hearing begins Friday in Sanford in Lee County, one of the places where scientists believe pockets of natural gas exist in layers of shale.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law this summer clearing the way for permits to be issued as early as next spring for the drilling method that involves injecting water, sand and chemicals to break apart underground rocks so oil and gas can escape.

AMERICANS-EBOLA

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

ATLANTA (AP) - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic.

Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. The 33-year-old Brantly called for more resources in the ongoing Ebola epidemic and requested prayers for the sick.

Brantly was working in Liberia when he became infected with Ebola, along with American aid worker Nancy Writebol. The 59-year-old Writebol was quietly released Tuesday.

Both worked with organizations based in North Carolina.

Doctors say both could return to their medical work and expect them to be immune to one type of Ebola virus. They said the two pose no public health threat, and no one should fear being in contact with them.

DEPUTY CRASH-CHARGES

2 charged with hitting NC deputy's vehicle

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Two people have been charged after a vehicle hit the patrol car of a Buncombe County sheriff's deputy.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported 36-year-old Jeremy Louis Ainsworth of Fairview and 31-year-old Amee Tennelle King of Mountain Home were charged with a number of offenses Thursday.

Arrest warrants state that Ainsworth's pickup crashed into a deputy's car as the suspect tried to flee from a traffic stop.

He's been charged with assaulting a government official, failing to stop for police, damaging personal property, breaking and entering, larceny, obtaining goods by false pretense and a number of drug charges.

King was faces charges of damaging property and a number of drug charges.

It was not clear if they have attorneys.

CONTINENTAL DRIFT

Survey on NC coast to study continental drift

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) - Researchers plan to study the ocean floor off North Carolina using sonic blasts to learn how the continents broke apart.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported the study is planned next month and in October.

Michele Walker with the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management says the ships conducting the study will be in important fishing waters off the Outer Banks.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory plans to work through the National Science Foundation to operate two ships towing an array of air guns from 10 to 260 miles offshore. The routes would cover 3,000 miles.

Researchers will look at the role of magnetism in forcing the continents to drift apart.

ISLAMIC STATE-HOMELAND

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. authorities are intensifying their efforts to identify and neutralize Islamic State sympathizers they believe could pose a terror threat on American soil.

That concern was demonstrated this month with the arrest of Donald Ray Morgan when he returned from Lebanon at New York's Kennedy Airport.

The FBI had been monitoring tweets by the North Carolina man praising extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq. An FBI agent testified at a court hearing that Morgan denied trying to join the group and or knowing if any of the fighters had left the region and returned to the U.S.

Federal and NYPD officials have estimated that at least 100 Americans could be fighting with the Sunni extremists.

HEALTH CARE FINE

NC recommends $52,000 fine for health facility

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The state Division of Health Service Regulation is recommending a $52,000 fine for a Wilmington assisted living center after a patient was found outside the center.

Area media outlets report the state wants to fine Clare Bridge of Wilmington which serves patients with dementia.

The reports said the facility was fined $1,000 earlier this year after a patient was found outside the facility last August. The latest fine stems from a second incident in which a patient was found outside last October.

The agency says that the new fine is higher because the facility did not take the proper steps to correct a problem. A Clare Bridge spokeswoman says the facility will appeal the fine.

JOB CORPS ANNIVERSARY

NC to mark 50th anniversary of Job Corps Program

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) - Local leaders, U.S. Forest Service officials and others will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps Program in western North Carolina, which trains and educates young people.

The celebration will be held Friday at the Schenck Job Corps administration building near Brevard. The event includes speeches and a tree-planting ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests can learn about Schenck Job Corps' history and enjoy presentations, demonstrations and tour the facility. A graduation ceremony also will be held.

At the Schenck Job Corps Center, students can obtain their GED or high school diploma. In addition, students can receive technical training in several areas including auto mechanics, culinary arts and landscaping.

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people who qualify as low income.

MONTFORD POINT MARINES

Camp Lejeune ceremony to honor 1st black Marines

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - Camp Lejeune is honoring the first black Marines in a ceremony marking Montford Point Marine Day.

The ceremony is scheduled for Friday at Camp Johnson, formerly known as Montford Point. Camp Johnson is named after Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Johnson, one of the first blacks to join the Marines and a Montford Point drill instructor.

The Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools is hosting the ceremony to honor Montford Point Marines, who were established in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II. About 20,000 blacks were trained at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949.

Brigadier Gen. Terry Williams from Parris Island, South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker.

The ceremony is being held in advance of Montford Point Marine Day, which is Tuesday.

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