BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

VOTER ID-EARLY VOTING

The popularity of in-person early voting in North Carolina has allowed officials to defer action on several hundred bulging precincts that otherwise would slow Election Day voting to a snail’s pace. Forty-eight percent of the state’s 6.6 million registered voters now live in voting precincts with at least 3,000 voters — an important threshold in a previous state study — compared to 43 percent four years ago, according to an election reform group’s analysis. More than one-quarter of voters are in precincts with at least 4,000 voters, most in urban or high-growth suburban counties. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 650 words.

NORTH CAROLINA-MALL SHOOTING

RALEIGH — Reports of gunshots inside a busy North Carolina mall caused chaos Saturday afternoon as shoppers ran screaming for the doors or sheltered in stores while dozens of officers arrived on the scene, witnesses said. Raleigh police said they responded to reports that shots were fired inside Crabtree Valley Mall around 2:30 p.m. They found no one wounded and added that they hadn’t arrested any suspects by late afternoon. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 500 words.

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NORTH CAROLINA-MALL SHOOTING-THE LATEST

MINIATURE ARMY

FAYETTEVILLE — The World War II Battle of Kasserine Pass takes up so much of the space in Oliver Johnson’s spare bedroom that his Star Trek figurines must remain packed neatly away in boxes. If Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock and the gang are ever going to go where no man has gone before, someone is going to have to push aside the forces of Gen. George Patton and Erwin “The Desert Fox” Rommel. By Kim Hasty. The Fayetteville Observer. AP Member Exchange. SENT: 660 words.

IN BRIEF:

—FIGHTING DEPORTION-NORTH CAROLINA, from DURHAM — A teen-ager in federal immigration custody since January is back in Durham with his family as he seeks asylum. SENT: 130 words.

—CAB DRIVER KILLED, from DURHAM — Police accuse two teenagers of killing a Durham cab driver who picked them up after a robbery. SENT: 130 words.

—FIRE DEPARTMENT EMBEZZLEMENT, from ASHEVILLE — A former office manager for Fletcher Fire and Rescue has admitted stealing about $350,000 from the department over seven years. SENT: 130 words.

—WRECK-PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED, from MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — A pregnant woman from North Carolina died and three other people were hurt in a wreck in central Georgia. SENT: 130 words.

—BOATERS RESCUED, from WILMINGTON — Three people have been rescued after their 20-foot boat became disabled in Pamlico Sound near Hobucken. SENT: 130 words.

—STOLEN MONEY-SHOOTING, from ATLANTA — A jury in Atlanta has found a North Carolina man guilty of murder, and a judge sentenced him to serve life plus five years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

—MINIMUM WAGE CONVENTION, from RICHMOND — Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry told participants at a Virginia convention that they were heroes and heroines for not being afraid to take to the streets to protest for higher wages. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBC–YEAR OF THE RUNNING BACK

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s another year of the running back in college football. LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, Oregon’s Royce Freeman all are back after rushing for over 1,800 yards last season. The talent at running back is so loaded that guys such as Clemson’s Wayne Gallman and North Carolina’s Elijah Hood — who would be boldface names in any other year — are relatively under the radar. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 990 words. With AP photos.

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