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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TOP STORIES:

DUKE ENERGY-PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS

RALEIGH — The heads of Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Co. are on the witness stand as they explain why North Carolina regulators should approve their merger. Duke’s proposal to buy its fellow Charlotte-based company for about $5 billion comes as power companies are increasingly switching from burning coal to natural gas to generate electricity. They’re buying suppliers to control costs. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

EARNS-BANK OF AMERICA

NEW YORK — Bank of America’s earnings fell 20 percent in the second quarter as historically low interest rates make it less profitable to make loans. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based banking giant earned $3.87 billion, or 36 cents per share, before dividends to preferred shareholders. That’s down from $4.8 billion, or 43 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 230 words. AP Photo NYBZ101.

IN BRIEF:

— BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY PARK, from SYLVA — Another 50 acres is being added to what will be a park within a park along the Blue Ridge Parkway. SENT: 90 words.

— DOUBLE FATAL, from FAYETTEVILLE — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating after two people were killed and two injured in a crash in Cumberland County. SENT: 100 words.

— FORT FISHER VISITOR CENTER, from KURE BEACH — A new $9 million visitor center is planned for Fort Fisher in North Carolina to better tell the story of one the last strongholds of the Confederacy. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE THANKS, from FAYETTEVILLE — A North Carolina police officer got some unexpected notes of thanks at a time when police officers have been shot and killed around the country. SENT: 120 words.

— DOUBLE SHOOTING-CUMBERLAND COUNTY, from FAYETTEVILLE — Authorities say a man and a woman are dead after an exchange of gunfire during a weekend robbery attempt in the community of Eastover near Fayetteville. SENT: 110 words.

— CAMPUS PRESIDENT LEAVING, from GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A North Carolina community college board has chosen a Nebraska educator to become the college’s next president. SENT: 120 words.

— BATTLESHIP NORTH CAROLINA, from WILMINGTON — Engineers are kicking off construction on a kind of dam that will make repair work possible on one of North Carolina’s favorite tourist attractions. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD DROWNS, from MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A 6-week-old child from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has drowned in a pond near a mall in Myrtle Beach. SENT: 130 words.

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