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Headline Roundup: Hornets Taylor Pleads Guilty; Panthers Host Siants; More

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor domestic violence and malicious destruction of property. The charges come from an incident at a Michigan hotel last month involving Taylor's girlfriend. 

The Hornets have banned Taylor from all team-related activities. 

Hickory Physician Faces Drug Charges
A Hickory physician faces charges of prescription drug fraud. The Catawba County Sheriff's office says 56-year-old John Kessel was arrested earlier this week after a drug deal in a parking lot. Officers say Kessel and 240 Oxycodone pain pills with him when he was arrested. 

NC Senate Candidates Campaigning In Eastern Part Of State
Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis are campaigning today in the eastern part of North Carolina. Hagan will hold events in Edenton, Washington and Wilmington. State House Speaker Tillis will visit Wilmington, Greenville and Fayetteville. WFAE's Ben Bradford has these profiles of the candidates: Sen. Kay Hagan and North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

SC Plans Offshore Wind Energy Study
South Carolina plans to study offshore wind energy. The Myrtle Beach Sun-News reports the state will match a $750,000 federal grant to look for the most promising areas for wind farms off its coast.

Meanwhile, Republican State Senator Greg Hembree plans to reintroduce a bill in the state legislature that would allow utilities to apply for rate increases to pay for demonstration wind projects. A similar bill died in the South Carolina senate last session. 

Panthers Host Saints Tonight
The Carolina Panters are at home tonight hosting New Orleans. Both teams are three and four. The Panthers also have one tie. Kickoff is at 8:25 at Bank of America Stadium.