BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Emery Dalesio.

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TOP STORIES:

VOTING RIGHTS-RULINGS

CHICAGO — Courts have dealt setbacks in three states to Republican efforts that critics contend restrict voting rights — blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas. The rulings Friday came as the 2016 election moves into its final phase, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton locked in a high-stakes presidential race and control of the U.S. Senate possibly hanging in the balance. North Carolina is one of about a dozen swing states in the presidential race, while Wisconsin has voted Democratic in recent presidential elections and Kansas has been solidly Republican. By Greg McCune. SENT: 660 words, with AP Photos.

IMMIGRANT ID NETWORK

HILLSBOROUGH — A privately issued ID card that enables illegal immigrants in North Carolina to identify themselves to police is getting national attention, though Republican lawmakers want to shut it down. An immigrant advocacy nonprofit has formed a network of community groups to host regional ID drives and meetings with police. Officials in other states are looking to emulate the Greensboro-area community’s response to a pressing issue for immigrants and officers alike. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 890 words, with photos.

TVA COAL ASH

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — TVA is closing and capping 10 coal ash ponds at power plants in Tennessee and Alabama, against the urging of environmentalists who want the ash dug up and removed. SENT: 370 words.

KINDERGARTEN ESL CAMP

GREENSBORO — Imagine arriving the first day of kindergarten unable to speak English or even understand instructions about walking in a line to the lunchroom. To make the transition easier for non-native English speakers starting school, Guilford County Schools’ pre-kindergarten and English as a Second Language departments joined forces to create ESL kindergarten camp. The pilot program, which began July 6, ends July 28. By Jennifer Atkins Brown, The News & Record of Greensboro. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 650 words, pursuing photos

IN BRIEF:

— CAMPAIGN 2016-RUNNING MATES, from RALEIGH — The presidential election in North Carolina gets a new focus as both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump send their top lieutenants to the state next week. SENT: 90 words.

— MAN KILLED-STRUCK BY VEHICLE, from OPELIKA, Ala. — Authorities say a man was fatally struck by a truck in east Alabama. Local news reports that Alabama state troopers say Timojin Weaver of Pineville, North Carolina, was struck by a truck Saturday. SENT: 70 words.

— UNC-CHANCELLORS’ PAY, from CHAPEL HILL — The campus leaders running North Carolina’s public universities are getting another pay raise, but this time most are getting the same bump as other state employees. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSE 2016-NORTH CAROLINA, from ASHEVILLE — A losing candidate for a western North Carolina congressional seat is fighting in court for the Democratic primary nomination. SENT: 130 words.

— CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT, from GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Pentagon says a Mississippi construction company has won a $9.5 million contract to expand the tanker apron at North Carolina’s Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. SENT: 80 words.

— NAACP-INNOCENCE CLAIMS, from GREENVILLE — The state chapter of the NAACP is holding events this weekend in support of two men that it says are serving long sentences for crimes they didn’t commit. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BKC–OKLAHOMA STATE-PLAYER DEATH

STILLWATER, Okla. — Funeral services have been held in North Carolina for an Oklahoma State basketball player who died following a team workout. The university says in a news release that services were held Saturday for 22-year-old Tyrek Coger at Elizabethtown Middle School in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

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