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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is coming to North Carolina for some Republican fundraising and promoting President Trump's tax overhaul law. Pence is slated to be in the state Friday for events benefiting a North Carolina congressman and the Republican National Committee. And he's speaking at a Charlotte event sponsored by a nonprofit group backing Trump's agenda.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants legislators to set aside $130 million for public school and college building safety improvements as well as school-based counselors, police officers and mental health programs. Cooper announced Thursday at an Orange County high school what he will include in his state budget proposal for school safety and youth mental health services.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina prison officials say more than nine out of 10 prison workers charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones or committing other crimes behind bars escaped prison time. The Charlotte Observer reports that the Department of Public Safety found just four of the 57 prison employees charged with crimes between 2013 and 2017 landed behind bars themselves.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol is joining a multi-state effort to reduce wrecks along the Interstate 95 corridor. The Drive to Save Lives Campaign is a two-day effort supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and eastern states. The campaign begins on Friday, and troopers in each state will be out in full force.

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