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Headline Roundup: Commission Chair: "Everyone Will Share The Cost" Of Coal Ash Clean Up; More

The chairman of North Carolina's new Coal Ash Management Commission says "everyone will share the cost" of cleaning up 32 ash ponds across the state. The Charlotte Observer reports that Michael Jacobs also maintains, the commission's work won't be influenced by politics. The commission's nine members were sworn into office today, one day after Governor Pat McCrory and two of his predecessors filed a lawsuit that challenges the law that created the commission. 

Second Bridge Collapses At Wake Tech Community College
A second pedestrian bridge under construction at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh has collapsed.   The bridge being built at the school’s northern campus was discovered down this morning. Work on the second bridge had been suspended yesterday after the first bridge under construction fell, killing one worker and injuring four others. Wake Tech says no one was at the site when the second bridge came down.

Cleveland County Man Drowns After Riding Lawnmower Into Pond
Cleveland County authorities say a man drowned after his riding lawnmower ran into a pond on his property. The sheriff's office identifies the victim as 58-year-old Bennie Lee Hull of Casar. Family members said they heard the mower stop and thought Hull had finished with the yard. They found his body in the water a short time later.

Davidson College Launches $425 Million Fundraising Campaign
Davidson College this weekend will publicly launch the next phase of a $425 million fundraising campaign. DavidsonNews.net reports that half of the money raised will go toward scholarships, and 40 percent will help fund campus and academic improvements. Davidson has already raised $211 million – nearly half of the campaign total – since a “quiet phase” of the fundraising effort began in 2010.

Assault Charges Against Hornets' Hairston Dropped
Assault charges against Charlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston have reportedly been dropped. The Charlotte Observer reports that Durham District Attorney Roger Echols dropped the case, at the request of the alleged victim. The charges stemmed from a clash between Hairston and high school senior Kentrell Barkley during a ‘pick-up’ basketball game at a Durham YMCA in July. Barkley said Hairston punched him twice.  

NC County Boards Of Election Finalizing Election Results
Boards of Election in North Carolina’s 100 counties have been meeting today to take the next step in finalizing results of this month’s elections. The state board of Elections will meet November 25 to certify those results.