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RALEIGH — Now that North Carolina has lost its NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events for this year, some other states face potential challenges in the organization’s fight for discrimination-free environments. The NCAA this week took the unprecedented step of pulling seven championship events from the state over its objection to a law that can allow discrimination against LGBT people. Two days later, the ACC did the same thing — relocating all 10 of its neutral-site championships from the state the conference has called home since its founding in 1953. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 640 words. AP Photo NCGRE201.


FAYETTEVILE — Walter Ray is fixing up a white stucco house he hopes to rent in Bonnie Doone, one of Fayetteville’s poorer communities with its share of crime. Last month, the Fayetteville City Council chose two communities — Bonnie Doone off Bragg Boulevard and the B Street area just south of downtown — to be the recipients of a new city program that aims to demolish an estimated 21 dilapidated houses and make exterior repairs to 27 others. By Andrew Barksdale, The Fayetteville Observer. SENT: 85-0 words as an AP MEMBER EXCHANGE.


CHARLESTON, S.C. — The National Weather Service has posted small craft advisories along the Atlantic coast from near Charleston, South Carolina, to the Maryland-Delaware border as Tropical Storm Julia continues to spin offshore. Forecasters say the storm has maintained its strength but is expected to start weakening over the weekend and dissipate early next week. SENT: 200 words. Note North Carolina angle.

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PHILADELPHIA — Residents near two former Navy bases near Philadelphia are suing producers of firefighting foam once used at the facilities, claiming they contaminated the drinking water. The Weitz & Luxenberg law firm filed the federal lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia on behalf of seven people who lived near the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and the former Naval Air Warfare Center. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


FORT STEWART, Ga. — The Army is carving out a new role for a dozen of its National Guard and Reserve units, aiming to keep thousands of citizen-soldiers ready for combat as the number of full-time troops shrinks. The 48th Infantry Brigade of the Georgia National Guard is the first unit to make the change. A few hundred 48th Brigade troops attended a ceremony Friday officially tying them to the Fort Stewart-based 3rd Infantry Division. Now 3rd Infantry commanders will oversee training of the National Guard brigade’s 4,200 troops. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words from 10 a.m. event. Note North Carolina angle.


DENVER — U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter presented flags Friday to the families of two men who never joined the U.S. military — but died fighting the Islamic State group in Syria — after their bodies returned to Colorado on Friday. The caskets of Levi Shirley, 24, Jordan MacTaggart, 22, along with that of William Savage, 27, arrived Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after a complicated journey back to the U.S. without ceremony. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 540 words. Note North Carolina angle.

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— DOUBLE SLAYING-DEMENTIA, from SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Police have charged a 79-year-old North Carolina man who they say suffers from dementia with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and daughter. SENT: 130 words.

— FORT BRAGG BOULEVARD, from FAYETTEVILLE — It’s the end of an era and Fort Bragg in North Carolina as facility is now finally a closed military base. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING GIRL, from WILMINGTON — A witness says a 6-year-old North Carolina girl found following an 18-hour search was chained to a tree when deputies located her. SENT: 130 words.

— KOI FISH HEIST, from VILLA RICA, Ga. — City leaders in a west Georgia town are casting a wide net, hoping to catch a group of fish thieves suspected of making off with six to eight Koi fish that cost up to $3,000 each. SENT: 130 words.

— TEXAS WIND FARM-AMAZON, from SNYDER, Texas — A division of Amazon has unveiled plans for a more than 100-turbine wind farm in West Texas. ty will be the company’s largest renewable-energy project. No cost estimate was immediately provided.

— CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP, from RALEIGH — Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina next week with two stops, including one in rural Duplin County. SENT: 130 words.

— SOCON BASKETBALL-NORTH CAROLINA, from SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Southern Conference will make a faster decision on whether to pull championships out of North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— ROBBERY-WOMAN PARALYZED, from RALEIGH — A woman who was paralyzed from a gunshot fired by a robber, along with her family and police are asking the public to help detectives identify the gunman. SENT: 130 words.

— HEROIN OD-PLEA, from MONROE — A woman has been sentenced to at least a year and three months in prison in connection with a Monroe man’s heroin overdose death. SENT: 130 words.

— SENATE 2016-NRA, from RALEIGH— The National Rifle Association’s political action committee has gotten involved in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race with a television ad critical of Democratic candidate Deborah Ross. SENT: 130 words.

— NC LOTTERY, from RALEIGH — The N.C. Education Lottery is reporting it raised $634 million in fiscal year 2016 to help support education programs in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— SHELBY OFFICER SHOT, from WARWICK, R.I. — A fugitive from justice wanted in connection with the slaying of a police officer in North Carolina was ordered held in Rhode Island after refusing to waive extradition back to the state. SENT: 130 words.



RALEIGH — A loss forced North Carolina State to re-evaluate itself. One of the Wolfpack’s key conclusions: They can’t afford another one this week. N.C. State looks to move on from its loss at East Carolina on Saturday night when Old Dominion visits. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 570 words.


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