BC-NC–North Carolina News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, NC


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Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at [email protected] Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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RALEIGH— Gov. Pat McCrory frames the debate over North Carolina’s law about transgender people and restrooms as one of common sense and safety and privacy. Yet try as he might, he can’t shake the narrative from the law’s opponents of bigotry and intolerance. The NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference delivered the latest blows this week, stripping the state of lucrative championships and leaving the Republican with another bruise as he fights for his political life. Entering the final weeks of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s race, McCrory is trying to reset the focus for voters. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 730 words. AP Photo WX201.MHX201, MHX202.


GREENSBORO — Hillary Clinton’s first day back on the campaign trail since resting from a pneumonia diagnosis and responding to other questions about her health will include a visit to North Carolina. The Clinton campaign said she would be holding a rally late Thursday in a building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing on merits from afternoon event.


CHARLESTON, S.C. — Julia has weakened to a tropical depression off South Carolina after bringing steady rains, but not the torrential downpours and widespread flooding that had been feared, to the coast of the Southeast from Florida to the Carolinas. The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Thursday had decreased to near 35 mph (56 kph) with little change in strength forecast over the next two days. The National Weather Service forecast that most of the rain would now remain out at sea. By Bruce Smith. SENT: 310 words.

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WASHINGTON — More than seven years after an airline captain saved 155 lives by ditching his crippled airliner in the Hudson River, now the basis of a new movie, most of the safety recommendations stemming from the accident haven’t been carried out. Of the 35 recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board in response to the incident involving US Airways Flight 1549, only six have been successfully completed, according to an Associated Press review of board records. Fourteen of the recommendations issued to the Federal Aviation Administration and its European counterpart, EASA, are marked by the NTSB as “closed-unacceptable.” One has been withdrawn, and the rest remain unresolved. By Joan Lowy. SENT: 900 words. AP Photo WX201.



CHARLOTTE — Experts warn the Carolinas will face droughts and deluges in coming years. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2cttsvv) that scientists, farmers and water managers met in Charlotte this week to try to figure out how to deal with coming dry weather. And the sudden deluges the experts say will become more common. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words by 10 a.m.


— FATAL CRASH-CHARGES, from HILLSBOROUGH — A Graham man faces felony death by motor vehicle and other charges stemming from a fatal crash on Interstate 85. SENT: 130 words.

— SCHOOL BUS FIRE, from FAYETTEVILLE — A fire gutted a Cumberland County school bus in Fayetteville, but didn’t injure any of the 15 students on board. SENT: 130 words.

— BUSINESS INTERSTATE 40-CLOSURE, from WINSTON-SALEM — Motorists using Business Interstate 40 through Winston-Salem have gotten a break. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING GIRL, from WILMINGTON — An Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old girl who went missing in Wilmington. SENT: 130 words.


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