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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.

XGR–COAL ASH

RALEIGH — North Carolina will offer cheaper ways for Duke Energy to clean up coal ash pits at seven sites while ensuring drinking water is piped to residents near the ponds. Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday signed a bill to allow Duke Energy to dry out the watery pits and close them in place rather than excavating all of the toxic residue. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.

ZIKA

RALEIGH — North Carolina public health officials are following the cases of a handful of pregnant women who have either tested positive for the Zika virus or got an indeterminate result on their test, the state epidemiologist said Friday. Dr. Megan Davies told the state Emergency Response Commission that these pregnant women have agreed to be on the registry managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so that public health officials can follow their cases and learn more about the virus. Citing privacy reasons, she declined to give the exact number of pregnant women. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 370 words.

AMOEBA-RELATED DEATH

CHARLOTTE — The U.S. National Whitewater Center acknowledges that algae in its artificial whitewater course weakened the effectiveness of its filters to disinfect waterborne illnesses, such as a brain-eating amoeba that was fatal to one visitor. The center’s response to questions submitted by The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/29AUp0O) comes about one month after Ohio teenager Lauren Seitz contracted a brain-eating amoeba and died after rafting there. SENT: 320 words.

XGR–APODACA RETIREMENT

RALEIGH — A powerful Republican in the North Carolina Senate officially announced his retirement Friday, leaving just enough time for the six-month “cooling-off period” state law requires should he decide to return to Raleigh in January as a lobbyist. Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County released a statement Friday morning thanking friends, family and colleagues for 14 years of support after notifying Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that he would resign from office with a few months still left in his term. SENT: 350 words.

SENATE-UNSOLVED RACIAL MURDERS

WASHINGTON — A law designed to extend federal and state reviews of cold cases of racially motivated killings during the civil rights era is one step closer to being renewed. A unanimous Senate voted Thursday evening to permanently renew a 2007 law that calls for a full accounting of race-based murders, many of which had been closed for decades. The law expires next year. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 260 words. Please note N.C. angle.

SEA TURTLE NESTING

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Rare loggerhead sea turtles reached a conservation milestone on the coast of Georgia in the midst of a strong nesting season on southern Atlantic beaches. Georgia wildlife officials announced this week that more than 2,890 loggerhead nests have been counted this summer along the state’s 100-mile coast. Not only is that a new record for Georgia — smashing last year’s record count by more than 550 nests — but it also surpasses the state’s long-term recovery goal for the species. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 590 words, AP Photos MHX101, MHX102.

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:

— APARTMENT SHOOTING, from ASHEVILLE — The district attorney for Buncombe County says an apartment resident who shot and killed a man will not face charges. SENT: 130 words.

— 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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