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.

FIGHTING DEPORTATION-NORTH CAROLINA

DURHAM — The high school student was released Friday after eight months in federal immigration custody after his parents posted a $10,000 bond, a group that advocates for undocumented immigrants announced Saturday. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

—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.

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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