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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State Attorney General Roy Cooper says prosecutors will drop their opposition to challenges to the state's same-sex marriage ban. An appellate court in Richmond, Virginia, has ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling means North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage likely will be overturned.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Jury selection is underway in the trial for three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to the Peanut Company of America in southwest Georgia five years ago. Owners Michael Parnell and Stewart Parnell along with quality control manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted last year on 76 criminal counts.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a 10-week summer initiative has produced a reduction in violent crime. Statistics show that police have seen 21 percent fewer gun crimes in 2014 than in 2013. Officers are making a concentrated effort to get illegal guns off the streets.

HAMLET, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Richmond County have arrested a janitor at Sandhills Regional hospital who they say assaulted two female patients in the psychiatric ward. Thadus Gerome Primus of Hamlet was arrested last week. He's free on bond. Primus is charged with two counts of sexual offense by a custodian.

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