AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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FORT BRAGG — A top Army general is scheduled to testify Wednesday about why he destroyed letters he received from supporters and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Gen. Robert B. Abrams is expected to appear in court Wednesday at a pretrial hearing to answer questions related to a motion seeking to disqualify him from the case. Abrams is the four-star head of U.S. Army Forces command who decided to send the soldier’s case to a general court-martial rather than a lower-level tribunal. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 835 words. AP Photos NCFAY102, NCFAY101 and NCFAY104.




CHARLOTTE — The brother of a deaf man shot by a North Carolina state trooper says the 29-year-old was scared of police after several misunderstandings with officers. Sam Harris said Wednesday that the family is still trying to piece together what happened a week ago. Authorities say Trooper Jermaine Saunders was trying to pull Daniel Harris over for speeding on Interstate 485 northeast of Charlotte when he led the officer on a 10-mile chase. Harris was shot within sight of his home. SENT: 500 words. AP Photos NCCHN101, NCCHN102.



UNDATED — Two licks with a wooden paddle in the principal’s office was the price 11-year-old Kaley Zacher, of Dexter, Georgia, paid for ignoring warnings about falling behind in her school work. Rules are rules, said her mother, Kimberly Zacher, so why shouldn’t the punishment be the same as at home when her daughter falls out of line? By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 780 words, AP Photos AX201, AX202. Please note N.C. angle.


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Officials say 29 projects in nine Appalachian states and in Texas are being funded by nearly $39 million from a federal initiative aimed at stimulating economic development in U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the projects Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. By John Raby. SENT: 500 words.


NEW YORK — When a small business is successful, an owner will likely face the question of whether to grow. After a lot of soul-searching, many say no. Some worry that the quality of their products or services might be hurt because a larger company can be more difficult to operate. Or they don’t want to tip their work-life balance away from spending time with family and friends. Others want to grow, but the time isn’t right — they may be worried about the economy, and reluctant to take risks like hiring the staffers needed to handle more business. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 980 words, AP Photos MOOW301, MOOW302, MOOW303, MOOW304. Please note N.C. vignette.


— LOTTERY-VISITING WINNER, from RALEIGH — A Tennessee man traveled to North Carolina for work, and it turned into a very profitable trip. SENT: 130 words.

— HALEY-MCCRORY FUNDRAISER, from COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is hoping to give a boost to neighboring Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by campaigning with him in Fayetteville, North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— SUICIDE LAWSUIT, from DOBSON — A North Carolina woman named in a mother’s lawsuit about her daughter’s suicide has filed a counterclaim for slander. SENT: 130 words.

— TROPICAL WEATHER, from MIAMI — Tropical Storm Gaston is changing little in strength as it moves in the Atlantic. SENT: 80 words.

— MCCRORY-PERSONNEL DIRECTOR, from RALEIGH — The state government human resources director in Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is leaving his job at the end of the month for a position at his alma mater. SENT: 120 words.

— EBOLA SURVIVOR-EMORY, from ATLANTA — An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta plans to speak to new nursing students there this week. SENT: 110 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— BELHAVEN MAYOR-VOTING, from BELHAVEN — The mayor of the Beaufort County town of Belhaven says he’s been questioned by the State Bureau of Investigation about vote-buying allegations. SENT: 120 words.



GREENVILLE — New coach Scottie Montgomery isn’t out to turn East Carolina into Duke East. The Pirates hired Montgomery from the Blue Devils’ staff after last season and want him to rebuild the program his own way, and not necessarily by duplicating what his Duke teams did. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 660 words.


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