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RALEIGH — North Carolina will offer less expensive ways for Duke Energy to clean up coal ash pits at seven sites while ensuring drinking water is piped to residents near the ponds, a compromise that has appeased the General Assembly but leaves plant neighbors uneasy. Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday signed a bill to allow Duke Energy to dry out the watery pits at half of Duke’s 14 sites and close them in place rather than excavating the toxic residue, as long as it supplies drinking water by October 2018 to neighbors of power plants where ash is stored. By Anna Gronewold and Emery Dalesio. SENT: 510 words.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


— DEPUTY SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA, from WADESBORO — Authorities say a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy responding to a 911 call fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him. SENT: 80 words.

— 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.



UNDATED — Cam Serigne is tired of racking up empty stats at Wake Forest. He’s established himself as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best tight ends while playing for one of the league’s worst teams, and now he’s dedicated this offseason to making the Demon Deacons winners again. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 630 words, AP Photo NY188.


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