BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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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 had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision Thursday came less than a month after state legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 960 words, AP Photos NY156, NY155.


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.


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.


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.


— 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.



CHARLOTTE — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora knows all about the unpredictable nature of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division after his Tar Heels made a surprise climb to the top last season. Staying there? Now that will be tough based on the division’s recent run. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 630 words, AP Photos NCCB126, NCCB128, NCCB111, NCCB117, NCCB131, NCCB106, NCCB133, NCCB121.


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