BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

VOTER-ID

RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper says he will no longer defend the state in the voting laws case in the wake of Friday’s federal ruling striking down many of the provisions of that law. Gov. McCrory, meanwhile, says he and state GOP lawmakers will press forward with an appeal. By Gary D. Robertson. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

COAL ASH-NORTH CAROLINA-WATER WARNINGS

RALEIGH — A state toxicologist says 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. The Associated Press obtained a full copy of a sworn 220-page deposition given last month by toxicologist Ken Rudo as part of a lawsuit. The nation’s largest electricity company has asked a federal judge to seal the document, claiming its public disclosure would potentially prejudice jurors. By Michael Biesecker and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

BERGDAHL

RALEIGH — High-ranking Army officials asked U.S. Sen. John McCain to back away from public statements about punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl because of concerns about harming his right to a fair trial, according to newly released emails. The emails were revealed in a motion filed on Monday seeking the dismissal of charges against Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and wound up in enemy captivity. The emails illustrate for the first time how concerned the Army was over McCain’s desire to have his panel hold an inquiry into the Bergdahl case. By Jonathan Drew. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s insurance commissioner had plenty of justification to reject a quest by Insurance companies to raise premiums on homeowners’ coverage by an average of 25 percent and instead approving no overall increase, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— SHARK FINS, from PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate regulators could be about to tighten the restrictions on the last species of shark that can have their fins removed at sea in the U.S. SENT: 130 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.

SPORTS:

NORTH CAROLINA-ACADEMIC PROBE

UNDATED — North Carolina is scheduled on Tuesday to respond to five NCAA charges tied to the school’s long-running academic fraud scandal. UNC got a weeklong extension to its 90-day deadline to respond to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations sent in April. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos by 6 p.m.

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