BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Seanna Adcox.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina legislature agreed on broad pay raises for public school teachers for the second time since 2014 and is aiming to jump-start again giving instructors even more when they take on additional responsibilities or their students make academic progress. The $22.3 billion budget on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk for his expected signature purports to increase state-funded teacher and instructional staff salaries on average by 4.7 percent this fall. Budget-writers predict the adjustments will bring average salaries — when local supplements are added — above $50,000 statewide. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 700 words.


WENTWORTH — A 29-year-old man was sentenced Friday to two life sentences for fatally shooting a couple after breaking into a Rockingham County home that had become his obsession. Local media outlets report that Jose Alvarez Jr. of Greensboro pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the 2012 deaths of Troy and LaDonna French, the parents of his brother’s then-girlfriend. SENT: 350 words.


LOS ANGELES — Beware: “Pokemon Go,” a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health. The “augmented reality” game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its Wednesday release. Players already have reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world — eyes glued to their smartphone screens — in search of digital monsters. … Lindsay Plunkett, a 23-year-old waitress in Asheville, North Carolina, made a point on Friday of parking six blocks away from the restaurant where she works, instead of the usual three. “Just so I could get some more Pokestops on the way,” she says. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 685 words. With AP Photos LA401-403.


ASHEVILLE — Sometimes, just being present when a person’s life is turned upside down is all you can do. Rebecca Croft remembers when she knew that her work as a trauma intervention volunteer made that difference. A married couple was passing through the Asheville area on their way to a new home in Virginia. They stopped in a public parking lot and took a nap in the car before pushing on to their final destination. By Dale Neal. Asheville Citizen-Times. SENT: 1,080 words.

AP Member Exchange


—COUPLE KILLED-LAKE HOME, from CHARLOTTE — Four of the men charged in the 2014 shooting deaths of a couple at their South Carolina home are requesting a jury trial. SENT: 135 words

—EMERGENCY LANDING-BRADLEY, from WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — An American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, made an emergency landing at a Connecticut airport because of a mechanical issue. SENT: 95 words.

—PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND ATTACKED from SALT LAKE CITY — A North Carolina man is facing charges in Utah for allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend at a hotel. SENT: 130 words.


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