BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER-HERMINE

CEDAR KEY, Fla. — People on Florida’s Gulf Coast put up shutters, nailed plywood across storefronts and braced Thursday for Tropical Storm Hermine, which the state’s governor called potentially life-threatening as forecasters said it could strike land as a hurricane. A hurricane warning was in effect for Florida’s Big Bend from the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach. And on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was issued for an area extending from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in South Carolina. By Josh Replogle. SENT: 750 words, AP Photos FLJR106, FLJR103, FLJR102, FLPET301, NY2, FLPET303, FLJAJ101.

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DOUBLE MURDER-INVESTIGATIVE MISCONDUCT

DURHAM — A North Carolina man was freed after 21 years in prison for a double-murder a judge ruled he likely didn’t commit, but questions linger about the prosecutor who put him behind bars — the former district attorney already disbarred for lying and misconduct in the Duke University lacrosse rape case. The Durham district attorney’s office on Wednesday opted against fighting Darryl Howard’s release based on improved DNA evidence after it became clear prosecutors would have to defend Mike Nifong’s handling of the case. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 740 words, AP Photos NCRAL203, NCRAL202, NCRAL201, NCED101, NCRAL204, NCDUS101, NCDUS102. UPCOMING: Developing.

AIR FORCE PILOTS-STADIUM FLYOVER PROBE

ATLANTA — Four Georgia-based pilots are restricted from flight duties after their attack jets swooped low over a football stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Carolina Panthers practiced, U.S. Air Force officials said. Four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs flew at low altitude over Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Monday, and the pilots will be on restricted duty pending results of an inquiry into the incident, officials at Moody Air Force Base in south Georgia said. By Jeff Martin and Steve Reed. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CAROLINAS LABOR DAY, from CHARLOTTE — Travelers from the Carolinas hitting the road for the holiday weekend will find gasoline prices up a bit from recent weeks, but still the lowest on Labor Day in 11 years. SENT: 120 words.

— STATE INSURANCE-AUDIT, from RALEIGH — An audit shows that employees including the manager of an insurance program for state workers misappropriated about $525,000 by submitting fraudulent receipts for reimbursement over a three-year period. SENT: 130 words.

— TODDLER DROWNING-POOL, from COLUMBIA — Officials say a toddler has drowned in a pool in Tyrrell County. SENT: 130 words.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-FAYETTEVILLE, from FAYETTEVILLE — Three suspects, including two brothers, have been arrested in the shooting deaths of two people over the weekend in Fayetteville. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN DRIVER-FATAL CRASH, from HIGH POINT — State authorities say a 15-year-old boy was the driver in a crash near High Point that killed one of his teenage passengers. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING WOMAN-INFANT, from BOLIVIA — A search is underway for a missing woman and her 1-year-old child who authorities say may be being held against their will in South Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— TEST SCORES, from RALEIGH — North Carolina students, parents and taxpayers are getting the broad, annual update on how the state’s public schools are performing. SENT: 130 words.

— HEPATITIS A SMOOTHIES, from NORFOLK, Va. — Health officials say the number of hepatitis A cases linked to a chain of smoothie shops has more than tripled in Virginia and spread out of state. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBC–T25-APPALACHIAN STATE-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 9 Tennessee carries its highest ranking since October 2006 into its season opener against Appalachian State, which is coming off an 11-2 campaign. By Sports Writer Steve Megargee. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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