BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

GOVERNOR-FUNDRAISING

RALEIGH — Democrat Roy Cooper has extended his fundraising advantage over Republican incumbent Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race — one that’s been shaded by a state law McCrory signed limiting anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people. Cooper’s campaign announced Tuesday it has raised $5.2 million during the past four months compared to McCrory’s $3.2 million. The governor’s campaign says it will report having $6.3 million in the bank as of June 30. Cooper’s team had $9.4 million. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 600 words.

ALCOA-NORTH CAROLINA DAMS

RALEIGH — Alcoa Inc. is ending a century of ownership and its years long relicensing fight over four North Carolina hydroelectric dams, selling them to a Maryland company that specializes in running clean-power projects. Spokeswomen for Alcoa and Cube Hydro Partners on Wednesday declined to disclose the purchase price for the dams originally built to power an aluminum smelter on the Yadkin River. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 600 words.

NORTH CAROLINA-BODY CAMERAS

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s chief law enforcement officer and Democratic challenger for governor, Roy Cooper, says the state’s new law excluding police camera recordings from the public record goes too far in withholding information from the public. The law allows a person shown in a video to ask police to see it but not copy it. The department can deny such requests, citing concerns about safety, reputation or an ongoing investigation. Then it would be up to a judge. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 450 words.

MCCRORY-BILL SIGNINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. — A short-term response to a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling last month over land for proposed highway projects and slight adjustments to a 2015 law authorizing experimental industrial hemp farming have been signed by Gov. Pat McCrory. McCrory’s office announced late Tuesday he had signed five more bills the General Assembly left on his desk. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 p.m.

TEENS-CAR CHASE

WAXHAW — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says two 14-year-old boys in a minivan led troopers on a high-speed chase before crashing into a home. Local media outlets report one of the unidentified teens was driving and made an illegal U-turn early Tuesday. Authorities say a trooper tried to pull the minivan over but it took off, prompting a 13-mile chase at speeds up to 120 mph. SENT: 180 words.

COAL ASH TRIAL

RICHMOND, Va. — Dirtier rivers or higher electric prices. That’s what environmentalists and utility officials say is at stake in an upcoming federal court ruling in Virginia could have far-reaching effects on how energy companies dispose of coal ash waste left over from decades of burning coal. Spurred by high-profile coal ash spills and new federal regulations, utilities are grappling with the disposal of vast amounts of the heavy-metal-laced waste. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 870 words. AP Photos GFX0243, VASH201, VASH205, VASH202, VASH206, VASH204, OTKSH102, OTKSH101, VASH207.

IN BRIEF:

— LGBT RIGHTS-DUELING LAWSUITS — The Justice Department is seeking dismissal of lawsuit by North Carolina’s governor to streamline the legal battle over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people. SENT: 130 words.

— FOOD SERVICE FRAUD — Prosecutors say a woman and her mother have been sentenced for their roles in defrauding a federal program that provides meals for children in the summer. SENT: 130 words.

— TAX COLLECTIONS — State economists believe North Carolina will collect $425 million more in revenues than originally anticipated for the fiscal year that ended June 30. SENT: 130 words.

— CARY JOBS — A company that provides online training for health care professionals and organizations says it will add more than 450 jobs over five years in Cary. SENT: 130 words.

— SUNSET BEACH DEVELOPMENT, from SUNSET BEACH — An environmental group is challenging a state permit allowing a developer to build 21 houses on oceanfront property at Sunset Beach, along with a bridge. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING BOATER FOUND, from SHERRILL’S FORD — Searchers have found the body of a missing boater on Lake Norman. SENT: 130 words.

— DEPUTIES TAUNTED-NORTH CAROLINA, from SHELBY — Two North Carolina sheriff’s deputies say they were taunted and served inedible food at a restaurant in Shelby. SENT: 130 words.

— INFANT DEATH-FAYETTEVILLE, from FAYETTEVILLE — A North Carolina sheriff’s office is investigating the death of an infant who was found unresponsive in a car seat on a day when the temperature rose to above 90 degrees. SENT: 130 words.

— PINEVILLE SHOOTING, from PINEVILLE — Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 54-year-old Pineville woman whose body was found in a home south of Charlotte. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER ASSAULT, from GARNER — A Garner police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested and charged with attacking two women. SENT: 130 words.

— DUKE ENERGY-EMISSIONS, from CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. SENT: 130 words.

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