BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Meg Kinnard.

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TOP STORIES:

VOTER ID-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — North Carolina officials asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to keep a voter identification requirement and 10 days of early voting for the November election, even after a lower appeals court ruled these changes illegally restricted voting by blacks. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said his lawyers and those for other officials, including some hired by GOP legislative leaders who championed the 2013 law, asked the court to delay enforcement of last month’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The delay would occur while attorneys draft an appeal for the justices to consider the inherent issues in the case more deeply. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 590 words.

MAJORITY LEADER-RESIGNATION

RALEIGH — A top leader for House Republicans said Monday he’s leaving the North Carolina General Assembly weeks before the final stretch of his re-election campaign, saying he needs to care for his aging parents and find other work to support himself financially. House Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, said he was resigning effective Tuesday. Hager was facing an unaffiliated candidate — no Democratic nominee — in the strongly Republican 112th District. Leaving now should enable his party to get the name of a replacement nominee on the ballot. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 520 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FIRED POLICE-LAWSUIT, from WINSTON-SALEM — A judge has upheld a jury verdict which found Mocksville’s town manager liable for wrongfully firing three police officers in 2011 after they made telephone calls to state officials to report allegations of corruption. SENT: 120 words.

— PARENTS OVERDOSE-CHILDREN, from GASTONIA — Gastonia police say two children were forced to run for help after their parents overdosed on heroin. SENT: 130 words.

— NORTH CAROLINA-MALL SHOOTING, from RALEIGH — Police say they’ve found no evidence of any gunfire and can’t explain what kind of loud noise led people to flee in fright from a busy North Carolina shopping mall. SENT: 120 words, AP Photos NCRAL201, NY115, NY116, NY117.

— JOHNSON C. SMITH SESQUICENTENNIAL, from CHARLOTTE: Johnson C. Smith University is kicking off a yearlong celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBC–NORTH CAROLINA-OFFENSIVE LINE

CHAPEL HILL — Behind all the big scores and impressive yardage totals for North Carolina last season was an offensive line that stayed healthy and built plenty of chemistry. The Tar Heels are in position to do it again, providing they can compensate for the loss of a veteran projected starter due to injury. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 500 words, AP Photo NCRAL301.

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