AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

BODY CAMERAS

RALEIGH — A North Carolina bill that would limit the access of the public to footage from body cameras and dashboard cameras is coming under new criticism in the wake of the fatal shootings by police officers of two African-American men last week. Gov. Pat McCrory still has to decide whether he will sign the bill or veto and spark a fight with the legislature. By Anna Gronewold. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8 p.m.

LGBT RIGHTS-TRANSGENDER AD

RALEIGH — LGBT advocacy groups unveiled a national television ad on Monday that will run during the Republican National Convention to educate viewers about discrimination against transgender people. The coalition of groups called Fairness USA will air the 60-second ad on Fox News Channel on July 21, the final night of the convention. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 260 words.

BKN-ALL-STAR-CHARLOTTE

NEW YORK — Technology industry leaders have urged NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to move the All-Star Game out of Charlotte unless a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people is repealed “in very short order.” In a letter sent Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, the executives tell Silver that putting fans at risk of discrimination would “send a terrible message about who the NBA is and what it values as an organization, and set a dangerous precedent.” By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

VOTER ID LAWSUIT

RALEIGH — A challenge to North Carolina’s new voter identification requirement will go to trial in state court this fall setting the stage for a possible decision before early in-person voting begins for the big November election. Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan on Monday set Sept. 26 for the trial, which could last a week or two. Morgan asked lawyers in a Wake County courtroom to confirm the Oct. 27 start date for early voting, when perspective voters must show one of several forms of photo ID. A two-week trial would give Morgan less than three weeks to rule. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 450 words.

WAKE REDISTRICTING

RALEIGH — North Carolina General Assembly leaders are deciding whether to return to work to redraw local districts in the state second-most populous county which were struck down by an appeals court. A lower court judge has asked Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to tell him by July 18 if they plan to create new lines for seats on the Wake County Board of Education and the Wake Board of County Commissioners and if so, when to expect them. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 620 words.

JUDGE-BONE MARROW

HILLSBOROUGH — A North Carolina judge diagnosed with cancer in the bone marrow received a standing ovation when he returned to the bench Monday after receiving a transplant that saved his life. Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, 62, was diagnosed in April 2015 with myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition where stem cells in the bone marrow don’t mature or become healthy blood cells. He left the bench as he sought treatment for the disease that had caused him to lose weight and depleted him of energy. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BEAVER ATTACK, from ASHEVILLE — A 67-year-old woman says she was attacked by a beaver while paddleboarding on a lake named for the rodent in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— CAROLINA BAYS PARKWAY EXTENSION, from CALABASH — North Carolina officials are asking an engineering firm to study extending the Carolina Bays Parkway from South Carolina into Brunswick County. SENT: 130 words.

— DURHAM SHOOTING DEATH, from DURHAM — Police in Durham continue to investigate the shooting death of a man. SENT: 130 words.

— BOARDING SCHOOL ABUSE-RHODE ISLAND, from PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A district attorney’s office in Massachusetts is conducting a preliminary investigation based on information it received from the Rhode Island State Police about sexual abuse allegations at a prestigious boarding school. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

— MISSING FISHERMAN, from BAHAMA — Durham County sheriff’s deputies say the search has resumed for a fisherman reported missing in Little River Lake near Bahama. SENT: 130 words.

— FAYETTEVILLE SHOOTINGS, from FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville police have charged a man with first-degree murder in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded. SENT: 130 words.

— HISTORIC SITE BURGLARY, from WINNABOW — An historic site in Brunswick County is closed until Tuesday after burglars broke in over the weekend, causing some property damage and taking some historic artifacts considered invaluable. SENT: 130 words.

— RALEIGH POOL DROWNING, from RALEIGH — A 5-year-old girl has died at a Raleigh hospital after being pulled from a swimming pool. SENT: 130 words.

— COURT OF APPEALS-GEER, from RALEIGH — Another election will be on the November ballot in North Carolina because an appeals court judge recently resigned to take a job in private practice. SENT: 130 words.

— ATTORNEY GENERAL-ENDORSEMENT, from MORRISVILLE — An organization representing police officers in North Carolina says former state Sen. Josh Stein’s work experience and legislative record makes him the best choice to succeed Roy Cooper as attorney general. SENT: 130 words.

— SMOKY MOUNTAINS VOLUNTEERS, from GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Volunteers from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been honored for outstanding service. SENT: 130 words.

— ARRESTS-POLICE THREATS, from BRYSON CITY — Three men have been arrested after police say they ran at the Bryson City Police Department yelling threats. SENT: 130 words.

— GREENSBORO ZOO-TIGER DEATH, from GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Science Center Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its tigers. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

SPURS-DUNCAN RETIRES

UNDATED — Tim Duncan spent nearly two decades as the quiet storm in the middle of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying it to heights unseen in modern American sports. With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as one of the most successful sports franchises in history. And now, the tireless and reluctant superstar is finally calling it a career. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 1,140 words. AP Photos NY153, NY158, NY160, NY161, NY162, NY159, NY155, NY156, NY152, NY154, NY157. Note North Carolina angle.

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