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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina Republican lawmakers are determined to remove the power from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his successors from appointing the members of the state panel administering elections and ethics laws. House Republicans unveiled Friday a proposed constitutional amendment that would put all appointments for the state elections and ethics board in the hands of the General Assembly. Currently, Cooper picks all members.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina regulators have denied a request from Duke Energy to raise electric rates and ordered the utility to refund $60 million in deferred taxes to customers. The North Carolina Utilities Commission also decided Friday to fine Duke Energy $70 million because of the way it handled coal ash. The utility wanted to increase rates to pay for a nuclear power plant that won't be built and charge customers additional billions of dollars to upgrade the power grid.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Roy Cooper has signed bills that move North Carolina's even-year primary elections from May to March and that give police investigators new tools to track illegal opioid transactions. Cooper announced Friday he's signed 29 bills on his desk. He must act on nearly 50 more by Sunday or Monday or they'll automatically become law.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Marine identified as an assailant during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been convicted at a court-martial, and the Corps is seeking to remove him from its ranks. A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune says Lance Cpl. Vasillios Pistolis faced a summary court-martial Monday. The court-martial came after ProPublica and Frontline PBS reported in May that Pistolis was a member of a neo-Nazi group who bragged about violence he committed at the rally.

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