BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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LGBT RIGHTS-ACC

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA’s lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people. The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league’s championships until North Carolina repeals the law. The decision includes 10 neutral site championships this academic school year, which means relocating the ACC football title game that was scheduled to be played in Charlotte in December. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos AX302, AX303, NY110.

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LGBT RIGHTS-ACC-SENATOR

RALEIGH — Another North Carolina Republican state senator is urging colleagues to consider repealing a law about LGBT rights that’s caused the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference to pull championships from the state this week. Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, said late Wednesday he’s concerned about the effect House Bill 2 is having on the state and the region he represents. For more than 60 years, ACC headquarters have been located in nearby Greensboro, which is also where early rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament would have been held in March before the decision. SENT: 250 words.

FBC–NORTH CAROLINA-SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION

HILLSBOROUGH — A North Carolina football player turned himself in on an arrest warrant Wednesday morning for sexual battery and assault on a female student in February. In a news release, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Allen Anthony Artis, 21, was released by the magistrate on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Artis didn’t attend a brief court appearance Wednesday afternoon on the two misdemeanor charges, and his attorney Sam Coleman left the courtroom through a side door to avoid reporters. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 450 words, AP Photo RPED321.

RED WOLVES

RALEIGH — Conservationists asked a judge on Wednesday to limit how red wolves can be removed from private land in a case that could shape the course of the animals’ dwindling population. The groups argued that the federal government hasn’t followed strict rules on when to allow landowners to kill wolves, and that even supposedly humane removals have contributed to deaths. Some landowners have complained that the wolves cause problems when they stray onto private land. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 590 words.

LT GOVERNOR-DEBATE

RALEIGH — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and challenger Linda Coleman tied themselves tightly to the positions dug out by their respective parties on education funding, House Bill 2 and other issues in what could be their only head-to-head debate before Election Day. The election is a rematch of 2012, when Forest narrowly topped Coleman by nearly 7,000 votes out of 4.4 million cast. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 710 words, AP Photos NCRAL401, NY121.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY SLAYING

RALEIGH — A man who lunged toward his 6-year-old daughter and stabbed her in her heart as two park rangers approached them along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina said he killed his daughter so that no one could take her from him again, a federal agent says in an affidavit. The rangers became curious when they saw a car parked alongside the parkway Friday evening and noticed a man and young girl walking down an embankment in an area with no trails, picnic areas or designated camp sites, according to the affidavit. The document was filed Tuesday by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 630 words, AP Photo NCASH501.

SHELBY OFFICER SHOT

COVENTRY, R.I. — A wounded fugitive wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a police officer in North Carolina was captured by police in Rhode Island on Wednesday and was scheduled to be arraigned, state police said. Authorities surrounded a Coventry apartment where Irving Fenner surrendered peacefully early Wednesday, state police said. SENT: 300 words.

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TROPICAL WEATHER

MIAMI — Slow-moving Tropical Storm Julia dumped rain across northeast Florida and along much of the Georgia coastline Wednesday morning, but in most places it was business as usual. Schools and government offices remained open as the storm, which formed late Tuesday afternoon off Florida’s Atlantic coast, skirted across Jacksonville and moved north, bringing rain and tropical winds to much of southern Georgia. By Freida Frisaro. SENT: 450 words, AP Photos NY4C, NY2.

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CAMPAIGN 2016-VOTER REGISTRATION

WASHINGTON — Republicans have gained ground on Democrats in registering voters in three battleground states and kept their razor-thin advantage in Iowa — encouraging news for Donald Trump eight weeks before Election Day. Republicans added hundreds of thousands of voters to the rolls since 2012 in states including Florida and Arizona, and narrowed the gap in North Carolina, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. In Iowa, Republicans prevented Democrats from surpassing them, aided by a court ruling upholding a ban on voting by ex-felons, who often register as Democrats. By Hope Yen. SENT: 1,030 words, AP Photo WX209.

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IN BRIEF:

— AFRICAN-AMERICAN MONUMENT, from RALEIGH — Two North Carolina commissions agree that a monument commemorating the achievements of African-Americans in North Carolina shouldn’t focus on one individual but instead should reflect various narratives. SENT: 130 words.

— TEACHER SHOT, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a Union County school teacher who was shot during a robbery has died. SENT: 110 words.

— FAYETTEVILLE POLICE CHIEF, from FAYETTEVILLE — The city of Fayetteville has named Assistant Police Chief Anthony Kelly to the role of interim chief, effective Sept. 30. SENT: 110 words.

— SCHOOL BUS-SHOOTING, from CHARLOTTE — Authorities in Charlotte say a 17-year-old suspect has been arrested after firing a BB gun at a school bus. SENT: 110 words.

— FIFTH THIRD-CLOSINGS, from CINCINNATI — Fifth Third Bank says it plans to consolidate or sell 44 branches and five parcels of undeveloped land next year. SENT: 130 words. Please note N.C. angle.

SPORTS:

FBN–PANTHERS-NEWTON

CHARLOTTE — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he’s not worried about the long-term effects of repeated hits to his head. The league’s MVP took four helmet-to-helmet shots in Carolina’s 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, although only one of the hits drew a flag and none resulted in any penalty yardage. However, two Denver players have been fined a total of $42,540 — but not suspended — by the NFL, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 710 words, AP Photos NY182, NY181, NY180.

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