BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — Clues to what became of North Carolina’s fabled Lost Colony could lie in a waterfront tract where developers once wanted to build thousands of condos — and now, one of those would-be developers is seeking millions of dollars to preserve the property. The effort to save the 1,000 acres in rural Bertie County is in an early stage. Even the environmental group that developer Michael Flannelly hopes will help hasn’t seen the property yet. But Flannelly said he’s optimistic that his vision will eventually become a reality. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 870 words. AP Photos MHX301, MHX302.


NEW YORK — As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press. The person said the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions have not been publicly announced. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 620 words, AP Photos NY191, NY192, NY193.


STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, officials said Friday. While the temperature was 99 degrees, it wasn’t known if the weather played a role in Coger’s death. The 22-year-old forward, who had recently transferred to OSU, did not appear struggle during Thursday’s workout at Boone Pickens Stadium, school spokesman Gary Shutt said at a news conference. By Ken Miller. SENT: 980 words, AP Photos OKSTI101, OKSO104, OKSO101, OKSO107, OKSO106, OKSO102, OKSO105, OKSO108, OKSO103. Please note N.C. angle.




WILMINGTON — Under the construction and gentrification of Wilmington’s historic district rests the city’s rich heritage of African-American history. “We are the heartbeat of this city,” said Islah Speller, founder of the Burnett-Eaton Museum Foundation. “But it’s like we need to be resuscitated.” Last month, community members and students gathered in front of a parking lot at 415 N. Seventh Street as part of a heritage tour started by Speller. By Elizabeth Montgomery, StarNews of Wilmington. SENT: 320 words.


— POLICE CAR-HIT AND RUN, from WILMINGTON — Authorities in Wilmington man have arrested a man who they say intentionally backed into a police cruiser and then fled the scene. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA-PROTEST, from ASHEVILLE — Police in Asheville are asking protesters who slept in the downtown station to relocate their protest of the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer nearly three weeks ago. SENT: 120 words.

— RIP CURRENT RESCUES, from WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Officials in Wrightsville Beach say ocean rescue crews have saved 29 swimmers who were caught in rip currents. SENT: 50 words.

— OCRACOKE DROWNING, from OCRACOKE — Officials on the Outer Banks say a man drowned in Ocracoke after he was caught in a rip current. SENT: 120 words.

— ANIMAL CRUELTY-NORTH CAROLINA, from RAEFORD — Authorities say a woman has been charged with neglect after about 100 animals were found in poor condition at her home in Raeford. SENT: 80 words.

— DIVERTED FLIGHT-ENGINE PROBLEM, from RICHMOND, Va. — Authorities say a flight headed to New York from North Carolina was diverted to Richmond, Virginia, after the pilot reported an engine problem. SENT: 120 words.

— WATERFALL DEATH-NORTH CAROLINA, from LAKE TOXAWAY — Authorities are investigating after a woman plunged 160 feet to her death from a waterfall in the mountains of western North Carolina. SENT: 120 words.

— RIELLE HUNTER, from NEW YORK — The former mistress of one-time Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says she “will always love” him and they’re “great co-parents” to their 8-year-old daughter. SENT: 130 words, AP Photo PAPM102.

— POLICE SHOOTING-ASHEVILLE, from ASHEVILLE — About 75 people marched in Asheville as part of the Black Lives Matter movement to call attention to a white police officer’s shooting of a black man involved in a high-speed chase earlier this month. SENT: 120 words.

— CAROLINAS GAS PRICES, from CHARLOTTE — Motorists across the Carolinas are heading out on the highway this summer with gas price the lowest they have been in July in a dozen years. SENT: 130 words.

— COURTS-ONLINE TICKETS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina courts have launched an online program to dismiss traffic tickets. SENT: 130 words.

— LGBT RIGHTS-ALL-STAR GAME-MASSACHUSETTS, from BOSTON — A top Massachusetts lawmaker is making a play for the NBA’s 2017 All-Star Game. The league announced Thursday that it’s moving the game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people. SENT: 130 words.



UNDATED — The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sports events. The NCAA board of governors’ decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

SENT: 420 words.


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