BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far. The 2017 event’s departure from Charlotte deprives the state of an estimated $100 million economic impact and comes after the law prompted PayPal and Deutsche Bank to cancel plans add hundreds of jobs. The law known best for its restrictions on transgender bathroom access looms large in an election season that includes one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races. By Jonathan Drew and Anna Gronewold. SENT: 820 words.

EXCHANGE-GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN HISTORY

LINVILLE, N.C.— Randy Johnson can hardly take a step along the ridges, broad flanks and deep woods of Grandfather Mountain without stepping through his mountain-sized memory lane. He kicks at stones he remembers setting into the Cragway Trail decades ago, pokes with his walking stick at areas on the trail he says have “gotten rough” and stops to point out his first camping spot or the place he got caught in a winter squall. By Karen Chavez. The Asheville Citizen-Times. SENT: 2010 words. An AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-ORANGE COUNTY, FROM CEDAR GROVE — Authorities say a Cedar Grove man is in custody following the shooting deaths of two people at his home. Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office tell local media outlets that Armando Garcia Lopez was arrested Saturday morning in Greensboro. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-TRAFFIC STOP, from WENTWORTH — A North Carolina prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two sheriff’s deputies in the death of a man killed in front of his family. Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer said at a Friday news conference the white county deputies have been cleared after his review of a state investigation of the May 29 shooting. SENT: 130 words.

— HEADMASTER EMBEZZLEMENT ELMENT, from CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say a former headmaster at a private school in suburban Charlotte is charged with wire fraud stemming from the embezzlement of nearly $9 million. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Jill Westmoreland Rose tells local media outlets that 59-year-old Wayne Parker Jr., the former headmaster of Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville, is charged. SENT: 130 words.

— OUTER BANKS RIP CURRENTS, from HATTERAS — Authorities say two swimmers have died in as many days in rip currents at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Outer Banks parks superintendent David Hallac says a 71-year-old man died when he was caught in a rip current off the community of Frisco on Friday afternoon. SENT: 120 words.

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