BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — The NCAA’s decision to pull seven championships out of North Carolina ratchets up the pressure on this college sports-crazy state to repeal its law on bathroom use by transgender people. Unlike the recent one-time cancellations by the NBA and various rock stars, the move by college sports’ governing body could make moderate and conservative voters question whether the price tag for the law has finally become too high. By Jonathan Drew and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 950 words, AP Photos AX304, CAET401, AX302, NY110, AX301.




RALEIGH — North Carolina prosecutors would have to reveal evidence of innocence obtained after a person is convicted under a rule that a State Bar approved Tuesday. Previously, prosecutors only had to reveal the evidence of innocence before a conviction. After agreeing to that rule, the panel went a step further and tentatively signed off on another new rule that requires all attorneys, including criminal defense attorneys, to reveal post-conviction evidence of innocence, provided they’re not violating rules including attorney client-privilege. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 470 words.




RALEIGH — A magistrate issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a North Carolina football player accused of sexual battery and assault on a female student in February. The warrant charges Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker From Marietta, Georgia, with two misdemeanors and says he had sex with the woman against her will when he “should have reasonably known that the other person was mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.” By Emery P. Dalesio and Aaron Beard. SENT: 630 words.


ASHEVILLE — One man was arrested Tuesday and a warrant was issued against another wanted in two separate assaults at a Donald Trump rally in Asheville, police said. Thomas Vellanti Jr. was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after investigators followed up on an assault caught on video Monday night inside the U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said. The recording was shared on social media and broadcast by media outlets. SENT: 240 words.


— SHELBY OFFICER SHOT, from SHELBY — Police in North Carolina have made two arrests in connection with the shooting death of a police officer, although the main suspect remains at large. SENT: 120 words.

— ZEEK REWARDS, from CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say two people have been sentenced to prison for their roles in an $850 million internet Ponzi scheme that bilked nearly a million people in the U.S. and abroad. SENT: 120 words.

— OCEAN NOISE, from PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government says a new strategy to address the issue of noise in the ocean will better protect the safety of marine mammals. SENT: 130 words.

— RALEIGH PUBLISHER, from RALEIGH — The News & Observer of Raleigh is getting its first female publisher with the selection of Sara Glines. SENT: 160 words.

— MONROE BYPASS-SETTLEMENT, from CHARLOTTE — The Southern Environmental Law Center has reached an agreement with North Carolina transportation officials to end their ongoing fight over a highway that is being built. SENT: 130 words.

— BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY SLAYING, from ASHEVILLE — Federal prosecutors have filed a complaint against a North Carolina man accused of killing his 6-year-old daughter whose body was found on the Blue Ridge Parkway. SENT: 130 words.

— BAIL-PROSTITUTION SCHEME, from FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville man has been arrested and charged with bailing a woman out of jail so he could profit from her prostitution. SENT: 130 words.



COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s quarterback situation remains unsettled after two games. Senior Perry Orth started the Gamecocks’ first two contests at Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. However, after trailing the Bulldogs 24-0 at the half, freshman Brandon McIlwain who took over in the second half and rallied the Gamecocks to two touchdowns in a 27-14 loss. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos NY156, NY157, TNMH107. Please note N.C. angle.


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