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Headline Roundup: Cannon To Reappear In Court For Voting Violation And More

Patrick Cannon To Appear In Federal Court After Voting Violation

Patrick Cannon will appear in federal court at noon tomorrow. The former Charlotte mayor will have to explain why he apparently voted in this November’s election. Cannon lost the right to vote over the summer, when he pleaded guilty to felony public corruption charges. But records show Cannon voted during early voting on October 30, two weeks after he was sentenced to 44 months in prison. By voting, Cannon would have violated his bond and could be ordered to start that sentence sooner. Cannon had asked to report to prison on December 30 so that he could celebrate the holidays at home.

Beasley, Robinson To Face Recount

One statewide race in North Carolina could go to a recount. Unofficial election results have State Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley leading her opponent Mike Robinson by just over 3000 votes out of 2.9 million cast

Philip Morris To Partner With Tobacco Suppliers

Philip Morris International is changing the way it buys tobacco. The Richmond-based company is partnering with two U.S. tobacco suppliers rather than working directly with farmers.

The seller of Marlboro and other cigarette brands today announced the agreements with Virginia-based Universal Corp. and North Carolina-based Alliance One International Inc.

Philip Morris says the deal will improve efficiencies in its supply chain. It goes into effect in April.

Chester, SC, City Councilman Killed In Shooting

A city councilman in Chester, South Carolina has been killed in a shooting. Odell Williams had served on the Chester City Council since 1997. Williams was apparently shot last night just outside the Chester city limits. He died later at a hospital.