BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Martha Waggoner.

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TOP STORIES:

OYSTER RESTORATION

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. — Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets. Now North Carolina is among the states where oyster restoration projects are underway. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 780 words.

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— BC-US–Oyster Restoration-By State.

VOLUNTEER ANIMAL CARE

CLAYTON — Dottie is a 19-year-old leopard-spotted Appaloosa mare, a favorite among children who visit Pasture Pals Equine Rescue in Johnston County. But because of severe neglect, Dottie is blind. Dottie’s owner was in poor health and left her in a relative’s care while he sought treatment. But the caretaker knew nothing about horses and neglected the eye infection that eventually led to the removal of her eyes. By Abbie Bennett, The News & Observer of Raleigh. Moved in advance as an AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,130 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MOUNTAIN STUDENT DISAPPEARANCE, from BOONE — Officials say investigators from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting in the search for a college student who disappeared from a North Carolina mountain town in April. SENT: 130 words.

— WATERFALL DEATH, from LAKE TOXAWAY — Officials say a Georgia news anchor fell about 160 feet to her death after being swept over the top of a waterfall in Transylvania County. SENT: 120 words.

— MARINE-SEX CHARGES, from JACKSONVILLE — A former Marine gunnery sergeant has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison on sex offense charges as part of plea deal reached just minutes before the victim was supposed to testify. SENT: 130 words.

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