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Headline Roundup: Control Of Charlotte Douglas, Mayberry Days, More

Just who controls the Charlotte airport? Charlotte Douglas is still technically a department of the city as a legal dispute plays out over who should run it.

The Charlotte Observer reports the 13-member regional airport commission created by state lawmakers was deadlocked last night on whether to pursue legal action to take control. Proposals both to claim the board as the legal airport commission and not to take a position failed to gain a majority of the 10 members present.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Charlotte's former mayor, recently called the situation "an unnecessary mess" and suggested that the FAA may not rule on the matter anytime soon. 

Former Panther Hitchcock Faces Jail Time In Mortgage Fraud Case
Former Carolina Panther Jimmy Hitchcock faces nearly four years in prison for his role in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.

The Justice Department says Hitchcock, who played with the Panthers in 2000 and 2001, was sentenced yesterday. He pleaded guilty in June of last year to conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud, bank bribery, and money laundering.

Prosecutors say Hitchcock was involved with a scheme that created bogus checks to make it look like home buyers made down payments, when they actually hadn’t. The government charged 91 people in connection with the fraud. 

Obesity Reduction Plan Unveiled In SC
South Carolina health and agriculture officials have unveiled a plan to reduce obesity, which they say costs the state $8 billion a year. The plan has both short and long-term strategies, including increasing access to affordable fruits and vegetables and physical activity in schools and offices. 

Mayberry Days Opens Today In Mount Airy
Mayberry Days, the festival celebrating the Andy Griffith Show marks it 25th anniversary this year. 

Guests at this year's event include Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou; Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling; and children of Don Knotts and George "Goober" Lindsey. 

Andy Griffith based the fictional town of Mayberry on his hometown of Mount Airy. 

Former SC Trooper Faces Felony Charge In Shooting Of Unarmed Man
A former South Carolina state trooper faces a felony charge in the shooting of an unarmed man earlier this month at a traffic stop in Columbia. The state law enforcement division says 31-year-old Sean Groubert is charged with aggravated assault and battery. Groubert faces up to 20 years in prison if he's convicted.

Authorities say the trooper stopped the victim for a seatbelt violation on September 4. Investigators say the victim got out of his car and then reached back inside. Groubert then shot the man. The highway patrol fired Groubert last week. 

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