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NC attorney faces sexual misconduct complaint

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina lawyer could face professional discipline from regulators who say he violated rules barring sexual relationships with clients.

The Hickory Daily Record reports that Lenoir attorney William Wallace Respess Jr. is the subject of a complaint before the North Carolina State Bar.

The bar's disciplinary commission said in its complaint that Respess had sexual relations with four clients in his nearly four decades as a lawyer. Respess testified under oath that he had relations with two of those clients.

Respess referred questions to his lawyer. Winston-Salem attorney Dudley Witt declined to comment about the allegations but plans a response to the State Bar by Thursday.

A hearing before an attorneys disciplinary commission is scheduled for August.


McCrory coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps.

State Sen. Tom Apodaca (ah-poh-DAH-kah) and Rep. Chuck McGrady are Republicans from Hendersonville working to write a new law. Both said they were surprised by McCrory's announcement after believing they were working together with the governor.

Lawmakers started working after a massive spill at a Duke Energy power plant near Greensboro coated the Dan River in toxic sludge.

Apodaca says he'll propose legislation tougher than what McCrory outlined, including deadlines for removing waste from some pits.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Drew Elliott says agency officials see the proposal as a starting point that legislators can revamp.


$1M NC lottery winner says not much has changed

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Fayetteville business owner says not much has changed since he won $1 million in the North Carolina lottery almost two months ago.

The Fayetteville Observer reports 49-year-old Todd Edge still works every day at his insulation business and hasn't taken any extravagant vacations. He says his winnings have paid off the mortgage on his business and set up a college fund for his grandchildren.

Lottery spokesman Ryan Kennemur says most winners continue to lead pretty much the same lives they had before.

One reason is the $1 million figure is deceiving.

Kennemur says million-dollar scratch-off winners can collect $50,000 a year over 20 years or take a lump sum of about $600,000. Federal and state taxes of about 30 percent come off the top, leaving around $415,000.


Charlotte weighs immigrant-friendly city policies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's biggest city is looking at ways to boost growth by attracting new immigrants to the United States, a move some complain would welcome people living in the country illegally.

The Charlotte Observer reports the city council created a group last fall to study what other cities are doing to encourage immigrants to start businesses and get involved in civic life. The task force includes economists, school leaders, law-enforcement officers and business representatives. It meets Thursday and holds its first public listening session next weekend.

The head of a North Carolina group demanding tougher enforcement of immigration laws says Charlotte officials seem as eager to entice people in the country illegally as legal residents. Ron Woodard of NC Listen says the public doesn't want illegal immigration embraced.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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