LOCAL NEWS

State senator indicted over campaign spending
Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-CabarrusFletcher Hartsell, the longest serving member of the North Carolina Senate, was indicted by a Wake County grand jury Tuesday on three felony counts of filing false campaign reports.

State budget cuts income taxes, raises teacher and state worker salaries
State budgetHouse and Senate negotiators said Monday evening that they have reached a deal on a $22.34 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts on Friday.

Steady rain to slow, clear Tuesday afternoon
North Carolina RadarThe steady rain that soaked the Triangle through mid-day Tuesday will wind down as the afternoon wears on, and the sun could even peek out before the day is done, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64
Obit Pat Summitt BasketballPat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women's game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64.

Raleigh man sentenced to 17 years for 2014 Scotty McCreery robbery
Mikkail Jamal ShawA Raleigh man is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday morning after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a 2014 home invasion and armed robbery involving American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.



HEALTH NEWS

FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C
Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus.

Oakland votes to ban coal shipments, citing health risks
Coal Jobs vs Air PollutionThe Oakland City Council voted unanimously to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town.

US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse
Medical Schools AddictionAt first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication.

Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states
APTOPIX Supreme Court AbortionBy striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states.

Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill
Congress ZikaA dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a continental U.S. caseload that's exceeding 800.

SPORTS NEWS

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64
Obit Pat Summitt BasketballPat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women's game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64.

Brownlow: Pregnancy and sports
Duke beats Yale to reach Sweet 16Pregnancy is a lot like sports. Okay, so it's not really anything like sports at all. Unless you compare virtues that apply to both, like patience and an understanding that all the science in the world often flies out the window when it comes to both.

Footprint Podcast: ACC shuffles media day... for the better
ACC Kickoff paper footballWes Durham fills in for Lauren Brownlow and joins Joe Ovies on the Footprint Podcast as they look ahead to the ACC Football Kickoff event in Charlotte.

Meneses leads Mudcats through first half at plate, sets example before promotion
Joey Meneses MudcatsThe Carolina Mudcats return to Five County Stadium this week for the first time since the All-Star Break, but star Joey Meneses won't be in the lineup. His hard work helped lead the team in the first half of the season before earning him promotion to AA.

NC swimmers enjoy US Olympic trials, 'Super Bowl' of swimming
US Olympic swim trials 2016Debra Morgan reports from Omaha, Neb. on the US Olympic swimming trials where local swimmers compete alongside future Olympians, hoping to earn their spot, too.



ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

AP EXCLUSIVE: Suge Knight's defense in murder case previewed
Suge Knight DefenseToi-Lin Kelly has known Marion "Suge" Knight for 11 years, and says the former rap music mogul is nothing like the fearsome reputation associated with him from his heyday at the helm of the influential gangster rap label Death Row Records.

Legend, Pitt among stars taking new power role: TV producer
TV-Stars Who ProduceThe actor's longtime lament: "What I really want to do is direct." The revised version: "I want to produce."

'Avatar' mobile game landing ahead of film sequels
Games AvatarBefore moviegoers return to Pandora, they'll be able visit the exotic alien world from "Avatar" on their smartphones.

'North Pole Ninjas' Christmas book has message of giving
A best-selling poet will help tell a Christmas story featuring the North Pole Ninjas. The message: Be kind.

Aerosmith drummer's new Massachusetts coffee shop to open
People Joey KramerA rock 'n' roll-themed coffee shop owned by Aerosmith's drummer is set to open in Massachusetts this week.