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AP-NC--Trench Collapse Death/84 Man dies in Mecklenburg County trench collapse

MINT HILL, N.C. (AP) — A man has died after a trench he was working in collapsed in eastern Mecklenburg County.

Paramedics were called to Mint Hill on Tuesday evening and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Officials said the man was part of a crew installing a new water pipe system. The man had been lowered into the trench on a bucket in a backhoe before the walls collapsed.

The man's name has not been released.

No other injuries were reported.

AP-NC--Lake Drowning/69 Teen drowns in Gaston County lake

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) — A teen has drowned in Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County.

Officials say the teen was swimming with friends and went in the water late Tuesday afternoon.

The name of the 19-year-old man has not been released.

Police said the friends searched for the man for some time before call for help. Investigators said the group was illegally swimming in the area.

AP-NY--Paratrooper Dies/137 Funeral for New York soldier killed in accident

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Funeral services will be held for a paratrooper from western New York who was killed in a training exercise at an Army base in North Carolina last month.

Services for 21-year-old Sgt. Shaina Schmigel are being held Wednesday morning at a funeral chapel in her hometown of Batavia in Genesee County. She'll be buried with full military honors at a cemetery in nearby Corfu.

Schmigel graduated from high school in Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) in neighboring Orleans County. Hundreds of people lined the streets of the rural village when the procession accompanying her casket traveled through Medina while en route to Batavia.

Military officials say the Iraq veteran died May 30 at Fort Bragg during an airborne operation using a parachute. Schmigel was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.


NC budget gets more scrutiny in House committees

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A proposed budget for North Carolina government written by House Republicans is getting more scrutiny as it works its way through the chamber's two most important committees.

The $21 billion spending plan will be debated Wednesday by the House finance and appropriations committees before reaching the House floor later in the week.

The Senate two weeks ago approved its spending blueprint to adjust the second year of the two-year budget approved last summer.

The House and Senate disagree on provisions involving Medicaid reform, teacher assistants and the State Crime Lab. The House is betting on more lottery revenues to help pay for teacher salary increases.

The two chambers will work out differences to get a final budget on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk by the end of June.

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