AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — A judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state’s bathroom-access measure violates federal law. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from making the three plaintiffs follow the restroom provision of the so-called HB2 law as the larger case makes its way to trial in November. His final decision on the law won’t come until after that trial. By Jonathan Drew and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 630 words.

VOTER ID-EARLY VOTING

RALEIGH — Early voting schedules for the fall elections remain unresolved in at least one-quarter of North Carolina’s counties following a federal court ruling that struck down key portions of the state’s 2013 voter identification and ballot access law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined Republican legislators acted with discriminatory intent toward black voters when they approved several provisions, including one that reduced the number of early voting days from a maximum of 17 days to ten. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 550 words.

SENATE 2016-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there’s a TV camera or a reporter, he’ll talk. If not, he’ll move on. Large-scale campaign events are rare for him less than three months before voters decide whether to keep him in office. That’s the way the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman likes it, and it’s been part of a winning formula in several elections, including two for the Senate. It’s like his penchant for wearing loafers without socks, even in the dead of winter. Why change? By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 950 words. AP Photos WX202, NCCB202, NCCB201, DCAB120.

EBOLA SURVIVOR-EMORY

ATLANTA — An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital said health care workers continue to learn more about the disease she contracted in 2014 while volunteering in the west African country of Liberia. Nancy Writebol addressed nursing students in Atlanta on Friday, about two years after she arrived at the university’s hospital on a stretcher for treatment in a specialized unit for contagious diseases. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 360 words. Please note N.C. angle.

POKEMON GO-NEW DIGITAL BILLBOARD

NEW YORK — Weeks into the “Pokemon Go” craze, demand remains strong for “Poke Ball”-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive “pocket monsters.” Even on sweltering summer days, the popular smartphone game has gotten throngs of players out of their homes to real-world locations designated as “PokeStops” and “Gyms.” Theme parks, bars and even a county animal shelter are among those trying to capitalize on that surge in foot traffic. By Technology Writer Bree Fowler. SENT: 900 words, AP Photos NYBZ405, NYBZ406. Please note N.C. angle.

BIOTECH BAIT

PORTLAND, Maine — Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry. With about $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, a small company has developed “OrganoBait,” a hockey puck-shaped product packed with an artificial attractant crabs and lobsters love. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 660 words, AP Photos VASH104, VASH101, VASH102, VASH103, VASH105, VASH106, VASH107, VASH109. Please note N.C. interest.

POPCORN KID

HOLDEN BEACH — Pink lemonade, smoky barbecue, birthday cake, southern butter pecan and ranch are only a few of the 30-plus flavors of popcorn offered by 10-year-old Mason Marshall. In Holden Beach, he’s known as “the popcorn kid.” By Makenzie Holland of the StarNews of Wilmington. SENT: 440 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CUT-VEGGIES RECALL, from RALEIGH — Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— MIDDLE SCHOOL-FOOTBALL DEATH, from EFLAND — A spokesman for the Orange County Schools says a middle school student has died days after suffering breathing difficulties at football practice. SENT: 90 words.

— DEFENSE DEPARTMENT-MARYLAND EMPLOYERS, from WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department honored 15 U.S. employers for supporting workers who serve in the National Guard and military reserve units. SENT: 120 words.

— FORT BRAGG-DRIVER IMPROVEMENT, from FORT BRAGG — Officials at Fort Bragg say they’re expanding a driver improvement program aimed at cutting down on aggressive and dangerous driving on post. SENT: 120 words.

— TROPICAL WEATHER, from MIAMI — Tropical Storm Gaston is moving northwestward in the Atlantic with no change in strength. SENT: 130 words.

— INMATE CAPTURED, from BECKLEY, W. Va. — An escaped inmate from North Carolina has been caught in West Virginia. SENT: 110 words,

— TEEN SHOOTING-QUESTIONS, from KINSTON — Community activists want answers and justice in the death of an 18-year-old man shot by a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper this spring. SENT: 120 words.

SPORTS:

FBC–NC STATE-QUARTERBACKS

RALEIGH — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren isn’t in a rush to settle the question on who will start at quarterback in the season opener. And he’s not promising much more than the first series, either. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 490 words, AP Photo NY181.

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