1. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson under investigation for workplace misconduct allegations

The Carolina Panthers said the team is conducting an internal investigation regarding allegations of workplace misconduct against owner Jerry Richardson.

“The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct,” team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement.

“The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it," Drummond said in a statement.

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2. Republicans appear to lock down key Senate votes for tax overhaul bill

A sweeping overhaul of the tax code gained significant momentum on Friday as GOP negotiators in the House and Senate signed off on a final agreement that sweetened a key tax credit and wavering GOP senators announced their support.

Raising the child tax credit won over at least one GOP holdout, Sen. Marco Rubio, who said on Friday he would be a yes after threatening to scuttle the deal only 24 hours earlier.

And in a major reversal, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said Friday he would support the bill, despite voting against a similar bill earlier this month because of concerns it would add to the national debt.

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3. Panthers' Thomas Davis pledges to pay for team's state championship rings

Christmas came early Friday morning for the state football champs of Harding University High School.

The team needed $20,000 to pay for championship rings after winning the school's first state title in 64 years.

They went on WPEG Power 98 to talk about it. That's when a Carolina Panther came through, big time.

4. South Carolina may toughen no-texting law

If you text and drive, the penalty if you are caught in South Carolina could be going up next year.

South Carolina State Representative Bill Taylor, R-Aiken wants to raise the current fine of $25 to $100 dollars. A second offense could result in a $300 fine and a two point penalty on your license.

In North Carolina a cell phone can be used while driving but texting is prohibited. The fine for texting in North Carolina is already at $100 for a first offense.

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5. NC Post Offices offer Sunday holiday retail hours

Select Post Office locations across North Carolina will be open on Sunday, December 17 for customers who want their holiday packages to arrive by December 25.

USPS advises you to contact your local Post Office about for additional information, including package pickup services.

Click here for the full list of Post Office hours.