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Headline Roundup: Chiquita Fyffes Merger Given Green Light; UNCC Donation For Marching Band; More

The European Commission has given the green light to a proposed Chiquita Fyffes merger. The deal to combine Charlotte-based Chiquita with the Irish produce company Fyffes would create the worlds' largest banana distributor. The EU's executive arm says despite the two companies' large market shares, the deal would not harm competition in Europe. 

Commissioners made today's approval conditional on Fyffes ending an exclusive deal with the shipping company Maersk. The EU also barred both companies from making exclusive deals with shipping companies in the future.

U.S. antitrust regulators this summer chose not to weigh in on the merger. Two Brazilian firms, Cutrale and the Safra Group, are still pursuing a bid to buy Chiquita. 

Attorneys Claim US Supreme Court Ruling On Ohio Voting Law Bolsters NC's Need For Emergency Order
Attorneys say a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week upholding parts of Ohio’s new voting law bolsters North Carolina’s argument for an emergency order restoring the state’s new voting law for the November election.

The state wants the Supreme Court to strike down a federal appeals court ruling Wednesday that brings back same-day registration and requires ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be counted. The Supreme Court this week upheld an Ohio law that trims early voting hours and does away with same-day registration.

Charges Dropped Against UNC-CH Tutor To Football Team
A prosecutor has dropped charges against a former UNC Chapel Hill tutor who worked with the school’s football players. Jennifer Thompson had been charged with violating the state’s sports agent laws. But, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall says he dropped the four counts of athlete agent inducement because Thompson is cooperating with the investigation. A grand jury last year indicted Thompson for providing benefits to former UNC wide receiver Greg Little in 2010 to help a Georgia-based agent sign Little.

Isle Of Palms Condo Complex Fined For Seawall
An Isle of Palms, SC, condominium complex faces more than $750,000 in fines for building an illegal seawall. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the state Department of Health and Environmental Control has fined the Ocean Club Villas $1,000 a day retroactive for two years.

The state claims the illegal seawall was deliberately concealed with sandbags. The Ocean Club Villas homeowners association denies that.

The group says it will consider voluntarily removing the wall after the beach in front of it is renourished with sand. The state denied the condominiums' request last year for a permit to move sand from a nearby inlet to reinforce the beach. 

UNCC Alumni Give $2 Million To Start Marching Band
Two UNC Charlotte alumni have given $2 million to the university. The donation will go toward starting a marching band for the school’s football program. UNC Charlotte says it will have a 150-member band on the field next fall.

Crabs Delay US Airways Flight
A US Airways flight from New York to Charlotte last night was delayed when baggage handlers found live crabs in the cargo hold. The Charlotte Observer reports flight 890 from LaGuardia to Charlotte Douglas was scheduled to leave at 7 p.m., but passengers had to sit half an hour for crew members to sweep the crabs out of the plane. The airline doesn't know who shipped the crabs.