BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — Dueling lawsuits over a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people will likely go to trial around Election Day, putting the divisive issue in the spotlight as voters prepare to cast ballots in the closely watched governor’s race. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder issued an order on Thursday saying he expected to try the cases involving a law known as House Bill 2 in late October or early November 2016, which is when lawyers told him they would be ready. By Jonathan Drew and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 820 words.

MCCRORY-BUDGET

MONROE — Gov. Pat McCrory signed a budget Thursday that he says fulfills his promise to increase average teacher salaries above $50,000. McCrory held a ceremony at a Union County elementary school to sign the $22.3 billion state spending plan the General Assembly sent him two weeks ago on the last day of its annual work session. McCrory’s signing was expected — he never made any public pronouncements against the proposal, which adjusts the second year of the two-year budget approved last September. SENT: 530 words.

SEXUAL ABUSE VERDICT

HERTFORD — A sexual abuse case involving six North Carolina brothers and their parents has ended with the last family member being sentenced to more than 18 years behind bars. WAVY-TV reports (http://bit.ly/29SJLDC) 21-year-old Aaron Jackson was sentenced Wednesday in Perquimans County court after he was found guilty of second-degree sexual abuse. He was the only one among the brothers and parents to reject a plea deal and go to trial. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ROLLER COASTER WEDDING, from CHARLOTTE — James and Cortni Music have already experienced the ups and downs of marriage, and that was on their wedding day. SENT: 130 words.

— LOTTERY PROFITS, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina Education Lottery says it’s had another record year for ticket sales and net profits. SENT: 120 words.

— PARENTS-CHILD ABUSE CHARGES, from ROBERSONVILLE — Authorities in Martin County say the mother of a 6-week-old girl faces charges after being taken to a local hospital with what was described as significant head injuries. SENT: 120 words.

— ROANOKE RAPIDS THEATER, from ROANOKE RAPIDS — The Roanoke Rapids Theatre along Interstate 95 in Halifax County is up for sale. SENT: 130 words.

— SENATE 2016-NORTH CAROLINA, from RALEIGH — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross outraised Republican rival Richard Burr during the past three months, but North Carolina’s senior senator still has a significant cash advantage entering the heart of the summer. SENT: 120 words.

SPORTS:

BKC–NORTH CAROLINA-BRADLEY

CHAPEL HILL — Tony Bradley Jr. knows the opportunity awaiting him this fall at North Carolina. The freshman big man will suit up for a fast-paced offense that looks to get the ball inside. And the Tar Heels could use some help up front after losing a pair of big men — including Associated Press first-team All-American Brice Johnson — from an NCAA finalist. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 560 words, AP Photos NY151, NY150.

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