BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

CAMPAIGN 2016-LOPSIDED AIRWAVES

WASHINGTON — It would take almost 14 days of eyes glued to the television to watch all the feel-good Hillary Clinton ads that have aired since the general election campaign began last month. Meanwhile, anyone flipping through the channels looking for positive ads about Donald Trump would be disappointed: He hasn’t yet put up a spot appealing to November voters, and groups supporting him have been similarly silent. By Chad Day and Julie Bykowicz. SENT: 930 words, AP Photos WX103, WX104. Note North Carolina angle.

ZIKA

RALEIGH — North Carolina has a handful of cases on the federal registry of pregnant women who might have the Zika virus, the state’s epidemiologist said Friday. The cases include women who received a positive or indeterminate test result, Dr. Megan Davies said. By Martha Waggoner. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

XGR–APODACA RETIREMENT

RALEIGH — A powerful Republican in the North Carolina General Assembly has announced his retirement after 14 years in the Senate. Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County released a statement Friday after notifying Gov. Pat McCrory. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

SEA TURTLE NESTING

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Rare loggerhead sea turtles have reached a conservation milestone on the coast of Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says more than 2,890 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been counted this summer on beaches along the state’s 100-mile coast. That’s not only a new record for Georgia; it surpasses the state’s long-term goal of reaching 2,800 nests by the year 2028 — 50 years after the federal government listed the species as threatened. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

DOGFIGHTING PLEAS

ELIZABETH CITY — A Halifax County man has joined his parents in pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports (http://bit.ly/29UrKTT) that 22-year-old Zhaqwaun Javontae Gary pleaded guilty earlier this week in Elizabeth City. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says Gary was arrested in 2013, along with his father, 47-year-old Elton Gary, and his mother, 44-year-old Erica Powell Gary. SENT: 210 words.

EXCHANGE-INJURED PARATROOPER-MARATHON

FORT BRAGG — When Sgt. Daniel Fienco broke his leg on an airborne training exercise, most paratroopers didn’t think he’d ever get on an aircraft again. But Fienco — fueled by his passion to serve and a little bit of anger — pushed himself to heal in about nine months. By Amanda Dolasinski, The Charlotte Observer. SENT: 760 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MOTHER-FATAL SHOOTING, from GOLDSBORO — Authorities in Goldsboro say a man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his mother. SENT: 110 words.

— TODDLER DEATH CHARGES, from RALEIGH — A Raleigh man has been charged with the death of a 2-year-old boy who died after being found unresponsive at a home in May. SENT: 100 words.

— HEROIN TASK FORCE, from WILMINGTON — A federal, state and local task force has been created to stem the flow of heroin into the Wilmington area. SENT: 120 words.

— CHARLOTTE STABBING DEATH, from CHARLOTTE — Police in Charlotte are investigating a man’s stabbing death. SENT: 50 words.

— RALEIGH AIRPORT TRAVELERS, from MORRISVILLE — There is now an easier way to get through customs at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD MOLESTATION-FEDERAL CHARGE, from AUGUSTA, Ga. — A man accused of traveling across state lines to have sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl has been indicted. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

— NMB SHOOTING-CHARGES, from NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Two North Carolina men face murder charges in the shooting death of a woman in North Myrtle Beach. SENT: 130 words.

— FAKE HOSPITAL NOTE, from GRAHAM — A Graham woman has admitted to creating fake notes saying she was in the hospital when she was supposed to be in court. SENT: 130 words.

— HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE FIRED, from CHARLOTTE — An employee with Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte is no longer working there after her recent Facebook posts drew criticism for being racist. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

NASCAR-EARNHARDT INJURED

LOUDON, N.H. — Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon could come out of retirement next weekend and drive the No. 88 Chevrolet if Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not cleared to race. Earnhardt will sit out this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he shows symptoms of a concussion. Alex Bowman will drive in his place. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 670 words, AP Photos DBR213, DBR101, DBR212.

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