AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

MORAL MONDAY-PROTEST

RALEIGH — Activists in more than half the states in the nation marched and rallied Monday, calling on elected officials to view public policies through a moral lens that focuses on the poor, workers, the sick and other disenfranchised people. The rallies held Monday were part of the “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action,” led by the Rev. William Barber. Barber is the architect of the “Moral Monday” protests that begin in April 2013 in North Carolina to fight the conservative politics of a Republican governor and legislature. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos RPMS101, RPMS101, RPMS102, NCMW101, NCMW102.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP & BIDEN

RALEIGH — While Donald Trump comes to western North Carolina to promote his own candidacy, Vice President Joe Biden will be in the Triangle helping a group that backs Democratic candidates for governor like Attorney General Roy Cooper. Biden was the big-named guest in the Raleigh area at a private fundraiser Monday for the Democratic Governors Association. Meanwhile Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, was expected to hold a rally early Monday evening in Asheville’s downtown arena. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: Developing on merits.

RED WOLVES

RALEIGH — Federal officials announced plans Monday to sharply reduce the territory of the world’s only wild population of red wolves — a move that conservationists say will relegate the endangered animals to zoos. Starting in late 2017 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to limit wild red wolves to a federal wildlife refuge and some adjacent land in eastern North Carolina’s Dare County, rather than the five-county area where they currently roam. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 670 words.

SHELBY OFFICER SHOT

SHELBY — A North Carolina police officer who was shot and wounded as he attempted to serve warrants on a man died Monday, authorities said. Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said in a statement that Officer Tim Brackeen, 38 and who was a 12-year veteran of the force, died at a Charlotte hospital. SENT: 270 words.

PREGNANCY-DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

DURHAM — The attorney for a woman who lost her job at a clothing embroidery plant while she was pregnant says her client has filed a complaint against the company. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2cRCmFS) Kendall Todd worked at Royal Threads, an Aberdeen-based company that embroiders logos on promotional products and apparel. Todd said that because of her severe pregnancy symptoms, she either got to work late, left work early or stayed home. Todd lost her job in October, two months after becoming pregnant. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

GOLD TRUCK-ROBBERY

MIAMI — A Florida man was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in prison for helping plot and carry out the sophisticated armed robbery of gold bars valued at $4.8 million from a truck that was stopped using remote-control devices along a remote stretch of Interstate 95 in North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard said at a hearing that the actions of Adalberto Perez, 46, and two accomplices were “horrific” and sentenced Perez at the high end of federal guidelines following his guilty plea to theft and firearms charges. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 580 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CONGRESS-BUSINESS SUMMIT, from RALEIGH — Local and state business leaders are gaining some insight about North Carolina’s economy and national politics while networking with the state’s Capitol Hill delegation and others this week at an annual gathering. SENT: 130 words.

— EDEN WRECK DEATHS, from EDEN — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a man and woman have been killed in a wreck in Rockingham County. SENT: 120 words.

— DURHAM APARTMENT SHOOTING, from DURHAM — Police in Durham are investigating after one person was killed and another hurt in a shooting at an apartment complex. SENT: 130 words.

— TODDLER KILLED-HIT-AND-RUN, from GREENSBORO — Police are looking for a driver who was involved in the hit-and-run death of a Greensboro toddler. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBN–PANTHERS-NEWTON

CHARLOTTE — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton’s body is sore but his head is fine, and he fully expects the league’s reigning MVP to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Rivera says “he’s resilient and he’s moving around pretty good.” By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos NY179, NY180. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

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