BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

COAL ASH-NORTH CAROLINA-WATER WARNINGS

RALEIGH — Duke Energy Corp. lawyers want to block sworn testimony by a North Carolina toxicologist who warned last year that neighbors of Duke Energy coal ash pits shouldn’t drink their well water for their own health. Duke lawyers on Tuesday asked a federal judge to bar the public release of Kenneth Rudo’s deposition in a lawsuit by environmental groups. Those groups allege pollutants are seeping from coal ash pits into groundwater below Duke Energy’s power plant near Salisbury. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 500 words.

CSX TERMINAL

RALEIGH — CSX Corp. will build an intermodal cargo terminal near the Virginia border in Edgecombe County after landowner opposition blocked the railroad company’s first option, officials said Tuesday. The CSX hub would transfer 260,000 cargo containers per year between railroad cars and trucks, with connections to North Carolina ports. CSX will invest $160 million in the project. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 220 words.

DARE COUNTY-FLOOD ZONES

KITTY HAWK — New maps for Dare County are removing thousands of homes and lots from flood zones, creating a need to update local building codes that until now accounted for more rising water. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/2a6ak6J) that, according to maps released last month, 15,970 buildings are either removed from a flood zone or placed in a zone where the hazard is reduced. The preliminary maps show entire neighborhoods in Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills are suddenly not so prone to surging water. SENT: 370 words.

INFANT DROWNED

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of a woman charged with murder after her 6-week-old son drowned in a pond at a Myrtle Beach outlet mall said she was overwhelmed by the challenges of returning to work as a first-time mom and dealing with an abusive boyfriend. Jameisha Alexander was seen holding her son, King, near the pond Saturday night by someone who called security. By the time officers arrived, Alexander was gone and the baby was in the water, according to her arrest warrant. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 380 words, AP Photo MHX101. Please note N.C. angle.

GOP 2016-CLEVELAND-BIKE PATROLS

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police trying to keep protests from turning violent during the Republican convention are relying heavily on bicycle-mounted officers, who are not only more maneuverable but are seen as friendlier and less intimidating. The strategy was on display Tuesday evening, which police lined up their bikes to keep opposing groups of demonstrators apart in the city’s Public Square. Later, officers formed a rolling wall to block protesters from surging toward the convention arena. By Mark Gillispie and Michael Hill. SENT: 590 words, AP Photos RNC705, RNC709, RNC703. Please note N.C. angle.

IN BRIEF:

— NORTH CAROLINA FUGITIVE, from PORTLAND, Mich. — A man wanted in North Carolina for a 2014 homicide has been captured in Michigan. SENT: 70 words.

— TROOPER KILLED-TRIAL, from DINWIDDIE, Va. — A truck driver says a man standing trial for fatally shooting a Virginia State trooper fired several shots at his rig when the driver got back into it after checking the trooper’s car. SENT: 130 words.

— AIR FORCE DEATH, from MIAMI — A Florida Air Force officer who had been stationed in North Carolina died in southwest Asia from a non-combat-related injury. SENT: 60 words.

— POKEMON GO STABBING, from GREENVILLE — Police in North Carolina say a person playing “Pokemon Go” was stabbed and a second player assaulted, but investigators say they don’t think the attacks were related to the game. SENT: 110 words.

— STATESVILLE STABBING, from STATESVILLE — Police in Statesville have arrested a man and charged him with murder in the stabbing death of another man. SENT: 90 words.

— WAKE REDISTRICTING, from RALEIGH — North Carolina General Assembly leaders have asked a U.S. District judge to allow elections in the state’s second-most populous county to proceed, using maps that were blocked by an appeals court earlier this month. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

ACC NETWORK

UNDATED — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s television network will launch in August 2019, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The person also said ESPN and the ACC also will start a digital channel next month that will be available online. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the network has not been formally announced by ESPN or the ACC. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 290 words.

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