BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Skip Foreman.

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TOP STORIES:

FORT BRAGG-ISIS FIGHT

FORT BRAGG — Fort Bragg soldiers deploying to the Middle East will be tasked with helping deliver a fatal blow against the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Carter visited Fort Bragg on Wednesday and spoke to about 75 soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps set to deploy soon. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CATERPILLAR PLANT, from WINSTON-SALEM — Caterpillar Inc. wants to renegotiate a deal to avoid refunding local tax breaks after failing to create a minimum number of jobs. SENT: 130 words.

— HOMICIDE SUSPECT-BARRICADE, from PHOENIX — Authorities say a man accused of killing his wife in their North Carolina home has been found dead of an apparent gunshot wound after barricading himself in a Phoenix apartment. SENT: 120 words.

— SHARK FIN REMOVAL, from OLD LYME, Conn. — Interstate fishing regulators will vote on changes to rules that govern removal of fins from some coastal sharks by fishermen. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. interest.

— NEW CAMPUS PRESIDENT, from GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A new president has been selected for Central Community College’s Grand Island campus. SENT: 90 words.

— DEM 2016-KAINE PIN MISTAKEN, from RALEIGH — Republicans from North Carolina have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for mistakenly critiquing him for wearing a foreign flag during his acceptance speech. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos DNC185, DNC676.

— EARNS-TREECOM, from CHARLOTTE — LendingTree Inc. (TREE) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $7.9 million. Lendingtree Inc. SENT: 150 words.

— PROSECUTORS CONFERENCE-BOULDER, from BOULDER, Colo. — Prosecutors from across the country are meeting in Colorado rather than North Carolina because of that state’s law transgender bathroom law. SENT: 100 words.

— EARNS-SEALED AIR, from CHARLOTTE — Sealed Air Corp. (SEE) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $49.6 million. SENT: 150 words.

— EARNS-OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE — Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $81.4 million. SENT: 120 words.

— COAST GUARD-BUFFALO COMMANDER, from BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard station in Buffalo is getting a new commander as the current one heads into retirement. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— MISSING SWIMMER, from WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a swimmer missing off Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington. SENT: 90 words.

— ROAD RAGE DEATH, from ASHEVILLE — Law officers say a motorist is dead after fleeing from officers investigating a reported road rage incident in Asheville. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE FORUM, from WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department hosted a public forum to let citizens know what their rights are when confronted by authorities. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBN–SUPER BOWL HANGOVER

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — What is it about losing the Super Bowl that makes it so difficult to get back there the following season? No losing team has made it back to the big game since the Buffalo Bills did it three straight times in the early 90s. What are the Carolina Panthers doing to learn from the mistakes of others in the past as they begin training camp practice? By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, AP photos by 6 p.m.

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