BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

BERGDAHL

FORT BRAGG — Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are trying to send his court case “off the judicial cliff” by arguing that U.S. Sen. John McCain improperly swayed military decision-makers with public comments on the case, prosecutors said Tuesday. The arguments came at a pretrial hearing on defense allegations of “impermissible meddling” by McCain. The defense wants the judge to either throw out the charges or rule that Bergdahl will face no punishment if convicted. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 680 words, AP Photos NCFAY101.JPG, NCFAY102.JPG.

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— BERGDAHL-THE LATEST.

POLICE SHOOTING-DEAF DRIVER

CHARLOTTE — A deaf man who was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper after he didn’t stop for the officer’s blue lights was unarmed and likely did not understand the officer’s commands, the slain man’s family says. Daniel Harris’ family said they want to make sure the incident is investigated thoroughly and also want the state to make changes so officers will immediately know they are dealing with a hearing-impaired driver. By Jeffrey Collins and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 620 words.

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — Supporters of North Carolina’s bathroom rules have urged a federal judge to closely consider a ruling in Texas that has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s ability to withhold federal money from schools that don’t let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity. But opponents and independent legal experts said Tuesday that the ruling in Texas won’t affect the North Carolina litigation. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 480 words.

COLOMBIAN TRAFFIC DEATH-CHARLOTTE

CHARLOTTE — A young woman with a history of drunken driving convictions has been charged in the death of an elderly South American woman who was visiting her family in the United States. Kelly Ann Conklin, 23, of Clover, South Carolina, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and marijuana possession. SENT: 230 words.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR–APODACA REPLACEMENT, from RALEIGH — The Republican already running in November to succeed former Sen. Tom Apodaca will now serve the remainder of Apodaca’s term through the end of the year. SENT: 130 words.

— QUADRUPLE SLAYING-GUILTY PLEA, from DURHAM — A Superior Court judge has sentenced a man to at least 36 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the 2005 shooting deaths of four men at a Durham town house. SENT: 120 words.

— WINTER STORM-DOUBLE FATAL, from RALEIGH — A Kure Beach man sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of two people in a 2014 condominium fire has been sentenced in the deaths of two men struck by his car during a snow storm earlier that year. SENT: 130 words.

— WOMEN SHOT-CHARLOTTE, from CHARLOTTE — Police in Charlotte have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of one woman and the wounding of another. SENT: 120 words.

— HEROIN BUST, from WILMINGTON — New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on drug charges after he was caught with almost 900 bags of heroin. SENT: 90 words.

— CONGRESSMAN-ETHICS-TOWN HALL, from FLAT ROCK — A North Carolina congressman under investigation for paying an employee accused of sexual harassment for months after he was fired is holding a town hall in Flat Rock. SENT: 130 words.

— TROPICAL WEATHER, from MIAMI — Tropical Storm Gaston is getting stronger as it moves over the far eastern Atlantic. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN BURGLARY SUSPECT SHOT, from MINERAL SPRINGS — Deputies are investigating after they say a teenager suspected of breaking into a Union County home was fatally shot by a man who lives there. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE BODY ARMOR, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are getting new body armor to better protect officers from high-caliber weapons. SENT: 130 words.

— THREE MISSING, from CHARLOTTE — Officials say a body discovered last week in Cabarrus County has been identified as that of a Charlotte woman who, along with two wanted co-workers, went missing earlier this month. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN SEX CHARGES, from WINSTON-SALEM — A Winston-Salem man was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison after being convicted of sex charges involving two teenage girls. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBN–PANTHERS-NO 2 RECEIVER

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton breaks into a smile, barely able to control his enthusiasm when thinking about the prospect of wide receiver Devin Funchess lining up opposite Kelvin Benjamin this season. Newton, the league’s MVP, may never have to worry about overthrowing another target again given the receiving corps the Panthers have assembled. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Funchess will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the starting lineup, giving Newton another huge target to go along with the 6-5, 250-pound Benjamin and 6-5, 255-pound tight end Greg Olsen in the passing game. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SEMNT: 550 words, AP Photos NY167, NCCB201.

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