BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Bruce Smith.

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RALEIGH — A busy North Carolina shopping mall reopened for business Sunday as police continued investigating reports of gunfire that sent shoppers running in fear or left them hiding inside stores a day earlier. Police said they haven’t confirmed what really happened but say there were no reports of people being wounded or of shell casings found inside the Crabtree Valley Mall. Pandemonium erupted Saturday afternoon and after several shoppers said they heard what sounded like gunfire. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 530 WORDS. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.




ELIZABETH CITY — As the largest windfarm in the southeastern United States is being built near Elizabeth City some people are concerned about plans for a second wind farm with even larger turbines near the North Carolina coast. The wind farm under construction will provide power for Amazon data centers. But The News and Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2aVSCkG ) opponents backed by law firms in Raleigh and Durham are fighting a second wind farm, the Apex Timbermill Wind project. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.


SMITHFIELD — Bright Leaf hot dogs, which have filled buns and bellies in Eastern North Carolina for 75 years, come in a one-pound bag. That’s not the typical hot dog package, but the bag with the tobacco leaf on the front is nearly as iconic as the hot dog itself. By Abbie Bennett. The News and Observer of Raleigh. An AP Member Exchange: SENT: 760 words.


— THREE MISSING, from CHARLOTTE – Police in Charlotte have found a car belonging to one of three people reported missing last week. SENT: 120 words.

— BAD WEEKEND ON I-85, from CONCORD — Busy Interstate 85 through Cabarrus County northeast of Charlotte couldn’t exactly be called an expressway this weekend. Southbound lanes of the highway were closed for varying amounts of time slowing traffic to a crawl after three separate accidents on Saturday including one in which a truck burst into flames. SENT: 120 words.

CHARLOTTE POOL DEATH, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are investigating an apparent drowning in a pool at an apartment complex for seniors. SENT: 60 words.



PANTHERS COACHING CHANGE, from SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven has decided to step down from his position and move into an advisory role with the team while continuing his battle with prostate cancer. By AP Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT 480 words.


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