BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Wednesday that he is running his last election campaign, and when he leaves elected office depends on whether he wins or loses this year. Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, announced his plans during the sole day he planned to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a campaign spokesman confirmed. North Carolina’s senior senator plans to quit campaigning with this year’s re-election bid, meaning he’ll retire from politics next year if he loses in November or in 2022 if he wins another six-year term. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 340 words.


UNDATED — A North Carolina delegate was leaving the Republican National Convention on Wednesday amid friction over negative comments he made about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Bob Orr, a former North Carolina Supreme Court justice, said he was headed to the airport to leave Cleveland after having some issues with his credentials after he told a Raleigh television station that he thought Trump was dangerous. More convention events are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 250 words.


UNDATED — A former NFL player who suffered what the league deemed a career-ending concussion has sued Lloyd’s of London for denying a $1 million insurance policy for professional athletes. The lawsuit filed this week in North Carolina could become a test case for insurers dealing with the emerging fallout from sports concussions and head trauma claims. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 440 words, AP Photos NY180, NY181.


— CRIME FUNDS-AUDIT, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association says it’s returning nearly $17,000 to an anti-crime advisory body after auditors found a former employee seemed to inflate fees beyond what the government will pay. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOTINGS-KU KLUX KLAN FLIERS, from ROME, Ga. — Police in northwest Georgia say fliers were left in residents’ driveways stating that the Black Lives Matter movement is telling followers to kill white people and police officers, and urging them to join the Ku Klux Klan. SENT: 130 words.

— POKEMON GO-TOWN ADVISORY, from MORRISVILLE — To officials in the town of Morrisville, there are more dangerous things in “Pokemon Go” than running into the villainous Team Rocket. SENT: 120 words.

— ESCAPED INMATE, from RALEIGH — Authorities are searching for an inmate who they believe climbed a fence and escaped from the New Hanover Correctional Center. SENT: 60 words.

— MURDER CONVICTION APPEAL, from WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man convicted in a 1988 death wants his case overturned. SENT: 120 words.

— WAREHOUSE FIRE, from CHARLOTTE — Authorities say five workers have been taken to the hospital after an explosion and fire on the loading dock of a Charlotte warehouse. SENT: 90 words.

— PANTHERS STADIUM, from CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers are making more improvements at Bank of America Stadium. SENT: 130 words.

— FLORIDA LIGHTNING STRIKE-BEACH, from CLEARWATER, Fla. — Two North Carolina teens were struck by lightning as they walked on a Florida beach. SENT: 130 words.

— UNIVERSITY SPEECH-LAWSUIT, from RALEIGH — A student Christian organization in North Carolina State University has dropped its lawsuit against school administrators after the university changed its student speech policy. SENT: 130 words.



DURHAM — Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk has already come back from one ruptured Achilles tendon. Now he’s doing it again — and faster than before. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 710 words, AP Photo NY156.


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