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S.C. Gov. Haley, senators face election challenges

The filing deadline for state and federal candidates running in this year's elections in South Carolina is at noon today. It's already clear that incumbents will face primary challengers.  Governor Nikki Haley is again being opposed by state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in a repeat of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Six Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian have filed to oppose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, while a Republican and two Democrats have entered the race against U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who has never run in a statewide election. Scott represented the 1st Congressional District before Haley appointed him in 2012 to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Jim DeMint.


Lincolnton police say the man they killed during a shootout admitted during a two-hour standoff that he fatally shot his estranged wife hours earlier. Police say 40-year-old Anthony Ray Osburn of Lincolnton was killed in a blaze of gunfire early Friday. Authorities say he admitted to shooting 39-year-old Tara Lynn Osburn during negotiations for his surrender.


The former Durham district attorney who prosecuted three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape has broken his silence about the case from eight years ago, in a new book.  The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that former prosecutor Mike Nifong's thoughts about the case appear virtually unchallenged in the book set for publication April 8.   Nifong says he still believes that exotic dancer Crystal Mangum was attacked at a lacrosse team party in March 2006. He thinks Attorney General Roy Cooper declared the players innocent in 2007 because of pressure from defense lawyers.  The former State Bureau of Investigation director who investigated the case says all the physical evidence pointed to innocence. A Superior Court judge ruled that Nifong lied and withheld evidence that helped prove the players' innocence.


South Carolina deputies say they arrested the former president of the organization behind the Coastal Carolina Fair after the group found nearly $200,000 missing from its accounts.  Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say 57-year-old Dennis Lott of Goose Creek was arrested during a traffic stop late Friday. He was expected to have a bond hearing Saturday. A warrant issued for Lott's arrest accuses him of breach of trust.  Lott said earlier Friday that he believed the situation would be resolved soon.  Authorities say the former Exchange Club of Charleston president wrote a $190,000 check to himself from a rainy day reserve fund for the fair and cashed it in July.  The organization says it gave more than $650,000 from last year's fair to charities in the area.

Davidson College has landed a starring role in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate campaign, as host of a televised debate next month among the eight candidates for the Republican nomination. Our news partner DavidsonNews.net reports that the GOP hopefuls will go at it in a 1-hour debate on Tuesday, April 22, at 7pm airing live from the college’s 600-seat Duke Family Performance Hall. The forum is being organized by the state’s two major newspapers, The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh, along with Time Warner Cable News.


The North Carolina Zoo is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014 and scheduled a series of events this weekend to mark the milestone. Along with special events two new exhibits opened yesterday. "Bugs: An Epic Adventure" and "kidZone."


Kyle Busch has the pole position for the start of this afteroon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Virginia. The race begins just after 1 o’clock. Rain Saturday forced postponement of the Truck Series race. That’s been rescheduled to start after the Sprint Cup race.


  • St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson will dedicate its new outdoor sculpture “Homeless Jesus” by artist Timothy Schmalz. That’s after the 10:30 service today at the Church.
  • A screening and discussion of the film  “The Invisible Man” is at 3 o’clock this afternoon at UNC Charlotte Center City. It’s part of a series of public science and technology lectures in advance of the college’s April 13th Science and Technology expo.
  • The Akerman-Teixeira classical guitar duo performs at 4pm in the music series at St. Ann Catholic Church, on Park Road in charlotte.