BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

LGBT RIGHTS-ALL-STAR GAME

UNDATED — The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February’s events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 80 words. UPCOMING: Developing from comments, reaction.

PURSUING INNOCENCE

RALEIGH — A North Carolina State Bar panel agreed Thursday on language requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence of innocence obtained after someone is convicted of a crime, advancing on a proposal to address wrongful convictions like rules adopted in a handful of other states. The State Bar’s ethics subcommittee, at a meeting in Chetola, agreed unanimously on wording for a proposed rule for what prosecutors should do with post-conviction evidence of innocence. The subcommittee is expected to meet later on a full draft proposal though no meeting date has been set. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 610 words.

BERGDAHL-SCREENWRITER

RALEIGH — An Oscar-winning filmmaker has asked a judge to prevent the military from forcing him to turn over interviews with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, adding Hollywood intrigue to the soldier’s prosecution on desertion accusations. Attorneys for screenwriter Mark Boal filed a complaint Wednesday in a California federal court seeking to block a subpoena from North Carolina-based military prosecutors. The complaint says the prosecutors intend to issue their demand on Friday for 25 hours of audio recordings of Boal and Bergdahl. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 530 words, AP Photo NY111.

VOTER ID

AUSTIN, Texas — Federal courts have reined in strict voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin, while a legal battle continues to rage over North Carolina’s rules mandating showing identification at the polls — even after lawmakers there took pre-emptive steps to soften them. The court ruling almost certainly won’t be enough for Democrat Hillary Clinton to win fiercely conservative Texas in November, and Wisconsin has been reliably blue enough in recent presidential cycles that the legal setback for its voter ID law may not prove decisive, either. By Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber. SENT: 790 words, AP Photo CER110.

IN BRIEF:

— TRAFFIC DEATH-CHARGES, from JACKSONVILLE — The N.C. Highway Patrol says a motorist is facing multiple charges after the SUV he was driving hit a ditch, went airborne and landed on a car. SENT: 120 words.

— SEX OFFENDER BAN, from RALEIGH — North Carolina has banned some sex offenders from places children gather while a similar state law from 2009 remains under federal review. SENT: 120 words.

— SEA TURTLE RELEASE, from BALD HEAD ISLAND — Seven loggerhead sea turtles that had never before been in the ocean are now swimming in the green waters of the Atlantic off North Carolina. SENT: 120 words.

— SECOND HOMICIDE, from CARTHAGE — Deputies are investigating the second homicide in as many days in Moore County west of Fayetteville. SENT: 90 words.

— CSX TERMINAL-WILMINGTON, from WILMINGTON — Plans by CSX Corp. to invest $160 million in an intermodal rail hub near Rocky Mount will mean new rail services for the Port of Wilmington. SENT: 90 words.

— CHARLOTTE SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS, from CHARLOTTE — Records show Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools suspended nearly 1,000 students last year, just among students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. SENT: 130 words.

— CAROLINAS BREAKDOWNS, from CHARLOTTE — Despite smarter cars, motorists in the Carolinas are being stranded in record numbers. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBC–ACC MEDIA DAYS-TV NETWORK

CHARLOTTE — The Atlantic Coast Conference finally is getting its own TV channel. Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday the ACC Network will launch in August 2019 as part of an extended media deal with ESPN that now runs through the 2035-36 season. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 690 words, AP Photos NCCB104, NCCB105, NCCB103, NCCB101, NCCB102.

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