BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Emery Dalesio.

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TOP STORIES:

CARJACK KILLINGS

BOSTON — The families of two Massachusetts murder victims listened to weeks of gruesome testimony about how a hitchhiker carjacked them, tied them up, stabbed them and slit their throats. Gary Sampson was sentenced to death for his crimes. Sampson was a 41-year-old drifter and career criminal when he went on a weeklong crime rampage in July 2001, leaving North Carolina where he was a suspect in a string of bank robberies. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 680 words, with AP photos.

FAMILY VALUES BUS TOUR

RALEIGH — A conservative political advocacy group launched its intensive focus on the election swing state of North Carolina on Sunday as it barnstorms the country to urge evangelical Christians to vote their values. SENT: 180 words.

THERAPY DOG

HIGH POINT — Cumby Family Funeral Service has always strived to serve local families on their hardest day. Now, they’re bringing in an extra-soft service to help even more. Cumby has welcomed an 8-week-old golden retriever puppy as a funeral therapy dog. By Stephanie Butzer, The High Point Enterprise. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 530 words. Pursuing photos

IN BRIEF:

— SHELBY OFFICER SHOT, from SHELBY — A North Carolina man is facing an attempted murder charge as a police officer fights for life from a gunshot wound. SENT: 120 words.

SPORTS:

FBN–NFL-NEWTON REVIEW

NEW YORK — The NFL will review how the Panthers’ medical team handled a hit to Cam Newton’s head during Carolina’s loss to Denver in the season opener. The league said Sunday that it wants to ensure the concussion protocol is being “uniformly applied across all 32 teams.” So along with the players’ association, the NFL will review “the relevant documents and video and interview the involved parties.” By Barry Wilner. SENT: 300 words, with AP Photos

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