BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will no longer defend the state’s voter ID law, now that a federal appeals court has ruled it was passed with “discriminatory intent.” A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel blocked its enforcement last Friday, ruling that the Republican-led General Assembly made changes that targeted black voters more likely to support Democrats. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 330 words, AP Photos NCEV141, NCEV150.


WASHINGTON — North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when it’s contaminated with a chemical known to cause cancer, a state toxicologist said in sworn testimony. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 220-page deposition given last month by toxicologist Ken Rudo as part of a lawsuit filed against Duke by a coalition of environmental groups. The nation’s largest electricity company has asked a federal judge to seal the record, claiming its public disclosure would potentially prejudice jurors. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 830 words, AP Photo WX105.


RALEIGH — The Army sought to have U.S. Sen. John McCain back away from statements about punishment for Bowe Bergdahl because of concerns about hurting the soldier’s right to a fair trial, according to newly released emails. The emails were revealed in a motion filed Monday seeking the dismissal of charges against Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and wound up in enemy captivity for five years. The exchange illustrates for the first time how concerned top Army officials were that McCain’s statements could interfere with the case. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 690 words, AP Photo AX101.


RALEIGH — North Carolina’s insurance commissioner had plenty of justification to reject a request by insurers to raise homeowners’ premiums by an average of 25 percent, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Instead, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin imposed a zero-percent overall increase beginning in June 2015 by increasing rates for renters and condominium policyholders while lowering them for homeowners. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 290 words.


PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate regulators are deciding whether to tighten the restrictions on the last species of shark that can have its fins removed at sea in the U.S. Smooth dogfish are the only sharks from which American fishermen can remove fins at sea. Many other sharks can be hunted, but fins can’t be removed until processing on land. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 350 words. Please note N.C. interest.


— DUKE ENERGY-ASHEVILLE PLANT, from RALEIGH — North Carolina electricity regulators are dismissing a bid to stop a $1 billion natural gas power plant because opponents didn’t post a nearly $100 million guarantee to cover costs of construction delays. SENT: 120 words.

— RAIMONDO-NEW LAWS, from PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new law in Rhode Island inspired by a mistaken arrest in California requires law enforcement agencies to destroy arrest records of people who were wrongfully arrested. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. interest.

— LAWMAKER’S HUSBAND CHARGED, from HALIFAX — North Carolina authorities say a former probation officer married to a state senator has been indicted on multiple counts of rape and extortion. SENT: 120 words.

— FBN–PANTHERS CAMP FANS, from SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Carolina Panthers’ appearance in last season’s Super Bowl seems to be good for business in Spartanburg with attendance at the team’s training camp at Wofford College up sharply. SENT: 120 words.

— GAFFNEY ALCOHOL SALES, from GAFFNEY, S.C. — Despite opposition from pastors and church members, a referendum on allowing Sunday alcohol sales in stores and restaurants in Gaffney will go before the voters this fall. SENT: 120 words.

— TEEN-LAKE DEATH, from HENDERSON: The body of a Warrenton teen has been recovered from Kerr Lake less than a day after he was reported missing. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN STABBED, from RALEIGH: A man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for the 2014 stabbing death of a Raleigh teen. SENT: 130 words.

— LIGHTNING KILLS BOY, from CAROVA — Authorities have identified a 5-year-old boy killed by a lightning strike while he and his family vacationed on a North Carolina beach. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL SHOOTING-TEEN, from WINSTON-SALEM — Authorities in North Carolina say two 12-year-old boys have been charged in connection with the death of a teenage boy found shot behind a church in Winston-Salem. SENT: 130 words.

— I-85 CONSTRUCTION, from CHARLOTTE — Portions of Interstate 85 north of Charlotte will be closing at night this week for construction. SENT: 130 words.

— BODY FOUND-HIGHWAY, from CHARLOTTE — Authorities are investigating after they say a person was found dead inside a vehicle on Interstate 77 ramp in southwest Charlotte. SENT: 130 words.

— 82ND AIRBORNE COMMAND, from FORT BRAGG — The 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg is getting a new commander. SENT: 130 words.



RALEIGH — North Carolina is challenging the NCAA’s jurisdiction to pursue charges in the school’s long-running academic fraud scandal and is holding off on self-imposed penalties. The school on Tuesday publicly released its response to five potentially top-level NCAA charges, which include lack of institutional control. UNC acknowledged problems tied to irregular courses in a department popular with athletes on the Chapel Hill campus, but it argued that its accreditation agency — not the NCAA — was the proper authority to handle such a matter. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 610 words.


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