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.

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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 has issued an arrest warrant for a North Carolina football player accused of sexual battery and assault on a female in February. The warrant issued Tuesday accuses Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia, of two misdemeanors against UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore Delaney Robinson. The warrant says he had sex with her while she was “mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.” By Emery P. Dalesio and Aaron Beard. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


ASHEVILLE — Police in Asheville say one man has been arrested and a warrant has been issued against another wanted in two separate assaults at a Donald Trump rally. Asheville police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said Tuesday that an assault inside the U.S. Cellular Center was captured on a video distributed on social media and broadcast by media outlets. She said investigators followed up on Monday night’s incident and arrested Thomas Vellanti Jr. on a disorderly conduct charge. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 7 p.m.


— 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.

— HEALTH CARE SYSTEM-LAWSUIT, from CHARLOTTE — Carolinas HealthCare System faces a class action lawsuit filed by a Mecklenburg County resident, just three months after the State of North Carolina and the federal government sued the Charlotte-based hospital. SENT: 130 words.

— CAMPAIGN 2016-NC-CHELSEA CLINTON, from WINSTON-SALEM — Chelsea Clinton is returning to North Carolina to lead discussions on her mother’s economic platform as well as opening a campaign office and getting people registered to vote. SENT: 130 words.

— CAMPAIGN 2016-PRO-TRUMP PAC, from CLEMMONS — A pro-Donald Trump political committee is highlighting its voter turnout program for the Republican presidential nominee in North Carolina with a rally in the Triad featuring notable conservatives as speakers. 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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