BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Skip Foreman.

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XGR–NEEDLE EXCHANGE

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers have legalized needle and syringe exchange programs across the state to combat rising infection and incarceration rates from a heroin epidemic law enforcement officials say is reaching critical levels. Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday approved the law despite objections from some conservative representatives who say such exchange programs only facilitate addictions. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 680 words, AP Photo NY110.

LOST COLONY-ARTIFACTS

ELIZABETH CITY — Archaeologists have discovered evidence suggesting that a part of the lost colony may have ended up in Bertie County. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/29KgJAm) archaeologists have excavated 850 square feet of a tract in question and found dozens of artifacts. The findings include bale seals used to verify cloth quality, 16th-century nails and pieces of pottery jars for storing dried and salted fish. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

EXCHANGE-SOUTHERN SEASON

CHAPEL HILL — Amanda Fisher, owner of Chapel Hill-based The Blakemere Co., a maker of traditional English foods like clotted cream and treacle tarts, didn’t cry last month after learning that a fire at La Residence restaurant destroyed much of her equipment and ingredients. But Fisher says she did cry when she got notice on June 24 that Southern Season, the longtime Chapel Hill gourmet food and kitchen wares store, was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The store owed her $1,404. Southern Season’s court filing says it expects funds to be available to pay unsecured creditors, like Fisher; bankruptcy lawyers say it is typically pennies on the dollar. By Andrea Weigl, The News & Observer of Raleigh. SENT: 1,920 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SHARK CHUMMING, from EMERALD ISLE — Reacting to recent shark bites along the coast, Emerald Isle has banned shark chumming during daytime hours for the rest of the summer season. SENT: 100 words.

— MEDICAID FRAUD SCHEME, from CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte woman who led a $10 million Medicaid fraud scheme has been convicted. SENT: 130 words.

— EX-BOYFRIEND MURDERED, from ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 28-year-old man has been found guilty of first-degree murder after being convicted of holding his ex-boyfriend prisoner before fatally shooting him in 2011. SENT: 120 words.

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