BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

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 Photos MHX201, MHX202.

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— LGBT RIGHTS-ACC — Evangelist Franklin Graham has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference saying he’s “outraged” as the decision by the league to pull its championship games out of North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people. SENT: 120 words.

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CAMPAIGN 2016

GREENSBORO — Back on the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she’s running to be president. She vowed to close her campaign against Donald Trump by giving Americans “something to vote for, not just against.” Clinton made no apologies for keeping her pneumonia diagnosis from the public until a video emerged showing her stumbling and being supported by aides. She also repeatedly sidestepped questions about when her running mate Tim Kaine was informed. By Julie Pace And Lisa Lerer.

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DUKE ENERGY-CEO

CARY — Duke Energy Corp. aims to stay out of the fight over North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people, the company’s CEO said, noting the company is heavily regulated by the state. “I’m in a regulated industry with responsibility for keeping the lights on, and my focus is there and attracting a workforce that makes us better, and that’s a diverse workforce,” CEO Lynn Good told The Associated Press. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 710 words.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY SLAYING

RALEIGH — The 6-year-old girl whose father is charged with fatally stabbing her along the Blue Ridge Parkway had “an unforgettable smile” and much gratitude for a free pair of shoes that a church gave her, said the minister who will lead her weekend memorial service. Lila Pickering “wears her joy and demonstrates such a visible gratitude,” the Rev. Jeremy Woods said Thursday in a telephone interview, speaking of the girl in the present tense. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 420 words, AP Photos NCASH501, NY125.

WATER PLANS

CHARLOTTE — Experts warn the Carolinas will face droughts and deluges in coming years. Scientists, farmers and water managers met in Charlotte this week to explore ways to deal with coming dry weather and the sudden flooding that the experts say will become more common, The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2cttsvv) reported. SENT: 270 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Julia re-strengthened into a tropical storm Thursday after earlier weakening to a tropical depression, but forecasters said it would gradually lose steam again while meandering off the coast of the Carolinas. The storm, which did not deliver the torrential downpours and widespread flooding that was feared earlier in the week, was expected to drift off the coast for the next couple of days, the National Hurricane Center said. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. By Bruce Smith. SENT: 370 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— MISSING GIRL, from WILMINGTON — A 6-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert in North Carolina has been found, and a registered sex offender has been charged with kidnapping. SENT: 130 words.

— BLUE CROSS-ACA, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s insurance regulator is fining Blue Cross nearly $4 million for a morass of customer problems earlier this year including overbilling, incorrect policies, and inability to verify coverage. SENT: 110 words.

— REYNOLDS AMERICAN-BOEHNER, from NEW YORK — Cigarette maker Reynolds American says former House Speaker John Boehner, a longtime smoker, is joining its board of directors. SENT: 110 words, AP Photos NYBZ408, NYBZ409.

SPORTS:

FBC–NORTH CAROLINA-LOGAN

CHAPEL HILL — T.J. Logan spent North Carolina’s first two games making big runs, catching passes and breaking off long kickoff returns. And the backup tailback has been the Tar Heels’ most impressive player to start the season heading into Saturday’s home opener against James Madison. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 520 words, AP Photo NY164.

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