North Carolina

STATE NEWS IN BRIEFRALEIGHEx-lawmaker in trouble with law once moreFormer state Rep. Cary Allred has been fined $500 for speeding on the interstate on the way to a session of the state legislature. A court clerk in Orange County said Thursday that Allred pleaded guilty to driving 102 mph in a 65 mph zone. The plea he agreed to Wednesday also required him to pay court costs of $130. A reckless driving count was dismissed. The Alamance County Republican resigned in June following a probe into his conduct during a Monday night session of the House in April. On the way to Raleigh that day, a trooper stopped him near where Interstates 40 and 85 split in Orange County. A trooper initially let Allred go with a warning, but he was cited four days later. CHARLOTTEGroup wants culinary school to return fundsA conservative-leaning legal think tank wants a court to void a promise by North Carolina legislators to give a culinary and hospitality school $10 million in taxpayer money. The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law sued to force Johnson & Wales University to give back the $7.5 million already given to the Charlotte school. The lawsuit says the constitution prohibits awarding special benefits and requires money be spent for public purposes. A lawyer for the university says state courts have rejected previous lawsuits by the institute over incentives to companies such as Dell and Google. CARYProsecutor in case worries about terrorismThe federal prosecutor overseeing the case against eight North Carolina men accused of plotting jihad says the first and last thing he thinks about every day is terrorism. U.S. Attorney George Holding spoke Thursday at a conference in Cary that brought together law enforcement, business leaders and government agencies to talk about terrorism financing. Holding warned against complacency eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Holding's office indicted eight men in July on charges that they plotted international terrorism and conspired to support terrorists. RALEIGHLake Lure to hold service for SwayzeThe residents of Lake Lure are planning a memorial service for Patrick Swayze, the star of "Dirty Dancing," which was filmed in their western N.C. community. Swayze, 57, died Monday evening after a 20-month fight with pancreatic cancer. The town of Lake Lure will remember Swayze during a memorial service at 7 p.m. Saturday at Firefly Cove, a housing development that was Camp Chimney Rock when "Dirty Dancing" was filmed. Many of the film's outdoor scenes were filmed there, as was the cabin of Johnny Castle, Swayze's character. Although the service is free, visitors will be asked to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The movie was released in 1987. RALEIGHDoctors took eating utensil from man's lungDoctors say the coughing spells, fatigue and pneumonia that plagued a North Carolina man for over a year were likely caused by a piece of a plastic he sucked into his lung by gulping his soda. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that doctors at Duke University Medical Center pulled an inch-long piece of a plastic eating utensil from John Manley's left lung. The 50-year-old Wilmington home remodeler guessed he inhaled it while gulping a drink from a fast-food restaurant. Dr. Momen Wahidi says foreign objects in the lungs are much more common in children, but he's extracted false teeth, nails and a peanut from adults.PITTSBORODeputies shot by driver in high-speed chaseTwo North Carolina sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded following a car chase, and officials say the suspect the officers were chasing was killed. Debra Henzey, Chatham County community relations director, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the chase began at the Moore County line and ended in Siler City, approximately 20 miles away and around 50 miles west of Raleigh. Henzey said the suspect fired on the deputies, hitting both of them in the leg. The deputies returned fire and killed the suspect, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin. Henzey said the two deputies, whose names were not immediately released, are in good condition at Chatham Hospital. FUQUAY-VARINAYoungster helps deliver mom's babyA North Carolina 6-year-old said she was acting like a big girl as she helped her mother deliver a baby at home. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that Briana Johnson of Fuquay-Varina gave birth on her bedroom floor with only help from her young daughter Diyana as an ambulance raced to the scene. Johnson said she felt contractions early Wednesday. Her water broke as she stepped out of bed, so she called her father and then an ambulance. The 25-year-old nurse knew help would arrive too late, so she told her first-grade daughter to fetch towels and then open the door for the rescue squad. Diyana says she controlled an impulse to cry while watching her mother in pain as five-pound Madisyn was born. - From wire reports