BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s office says prospects for repealing a law addressing LGBT non-discrimination rules and which restrooms transgender people can use begin once Charlotte leaders do away with a city ordinance that led to the law. The law known as House Bill 2 has led to national criticism from gay-rights groups, corporate CEOs and entertainers. The law was approved weeks after the Charlotte City Council expanded public accommodation protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 600 words.

LGBT RIGHTS-WHO’S NEXT?

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.

HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

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.

TROPICAL WEATHER

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Small-craft advisories were posted along the East Coast on Friday as Tropical Storm Julia continued to meander off the Carolinas. Two other storms spun in the Middle of the Atlantic, far from land. The National Weather Service posted small-craft advisories along the Atlantic coast from near Charleston, South Carolina, to the Maryland-Delaware border because of winds and swells from Julia. SENT: 270 words. Note North Carolina angle.

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ARMY GUARD-NEW ROLE

FORT STEWART, Ga. — Before citizen-soldiers of the 48th Infantry Brigade deployed to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Georgia National Guard troops spent months training away from their families and day jobs as they prepared for war. Now a shrinking Army wants them able to get ready for combat sooner. The brigade’s 4,200 soldiers are the first of 13 National Guard and Army Reserve units nationwide chosen to test a new role that pairs them with commanders on active-duty who will oversee their training. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 630 words, AP Photo AX401.

PIPELINE-GASOLINE PRICES

DALLAS — Motorists in the Southeast and East could pay more for gasoline in coming days because of the shutdown of a leaking pipeline in Alabama. Experts say, however, that any spike in service-station prices should only be temporary. By Business Writer David Koenig. SENT: 530 words, AP Photos ALJR102, ALJR101, NYBZ506.

NAVAL BASES-WATER CONTAMINATION

PHILADELPHIA — Residents near two former suburban Navy bases are suing producers of firefighting foam once used there, claiming they contaminated the drinking water. New York law firm Weitz & Luxenberg 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 Naval Air Warfare Center. The lawsuit seeks chemical cleanup and unspecified damages. SENT: 440 words. Please note N.C. angle.

KURDISH FORCES-AMERICAN FIGHTERS

DENVER — The bodies of two young Americans who died fighting the Islamic State group in Syria were returned to their sobbing families early Friday in simple, gray caskets that were pulled from an Amtrak train in Denver as throngs of sleepy passengers watched. Relatives of Levi Shirley, 24, and Jordan MacTaggart, 22, huddled together against the morning chill as U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter presented them with folded flags — a sign of respect for the men who never joined the U.S. military but felt a need to serve. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 640 words, AP Photos CODZ105, CODZ113, CODZ111, CODZ106, CODZ107, CODZ110, CODZ108, CODZ103, CODZ102, CODZ101. Note North Carolina angle.

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DOUBLE SLAYING-DEMENTIA

SPRING LAKE — A 79-year-old North Carolina man suffering from dementia is in jail on murder charges after shooting his wife and caretaking daughter, authorities said. Bobby King killed the two women Thursday, then called 911 and waited for officers outside his family’s home in Spring Lake near Fort Bragg, Police Chief Troy McDuffie told media outlets. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TEXAS WIND FARM-AMAZON, from SNYDER, Texas — Amazon has unveiled plans for a more than 100-turbine wind farm in West Texas. SENT: 140 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— FREEZER BODY, from GOLDSBORO — A North Carolina woman sought after her mother’s corpse was found in a freezer sold at a yard sale has been arrested, Goldsboro police said Friday. SENT: 170 words.

— SENATE 2016-DEBATE, from RALEIGH — The major-party U.S. Senate candidates in North Carolina this fall have agreed to a television debate next month. SENT: 120 words.

— LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING, from RALEIGH — North Carolina legislative leaders and other state officials want the U.S. Supreme Court to review last month’s lower-court ruling striking down nearly 30 General Assembly districts as illegal racial gerrymanders. SENT: 120 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.

SPORTS:

FBC–EAST CAROLINA-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — For a team outside the Power Five, East Carolina has done a great job of taking down some marquee programs. The Pirates have won six of their past eight Power Five matchups, including last week’s 33-30 victory over North Carolina State. Next up, the Pirates (2-0) take on a Southeastern Conference opponent in South Carolina (1-1). By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos NCGRD103, NY156, TNMH121.

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