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CAMPAIGN 2016-MCCRORY

CHARLOTTE — Democrats are to blame for the failure to reach a compromise that could have paved the way to repeal a state law limiting protections for LGBT people, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday, adding that the matter will have to be decided in the courts. “Three times this year, including the last four days, I’ve tried to work with leadership, both in the House and Senate, and with your local leadership to find the solution,” McCrory said while speaking to the Rotary Club of Charlotte. “And there are people who don’t want that solution, including my opponent, including some of the leadership right here in Charlotte, and including some people in the legislature.” By Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 440 words.

GOVERNOR 2016-PLANTED QUESTIONS

CHARLOTTE — Immersed in an intense re-election campaign and besieged for a law about transgender people and restrooms, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory answered questions last week before Charlotte’s small business community. The written questions were supposedly from audience members and a newspaper. “Anything you like. No filter here,” McCrory told the event moderator at the start of the Q-and-A, according to The Charlotte Observer. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 620 words, AP Photo MHX201.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP-SMALL TOWN

KENANSVILLE — Donald Trump is spending a lot of time in this critical presidential swing state, but he campaigned Tuesday evening far from cities like Charlotte and Raleigh where many candidates have courted moderate voters in recent years. Instead, he zeroed in on this tiny, rural town of about 850 people to make his pitch to the disaffected, working-class white voters who have propelled his campaign. The strategy appears to be less about swaying undecideds and more about making sure supporters don’t stay home on Election Day. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos NCJD103, NCJD102.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP

HIGH POINT — Donald Trump is heading back to North Carolina’s voter-rich Piedmont, but he’s also making a stop where presidential candidates aren’t normally seen — the rural Down East. The Republican nominee scheduled two rallies in the battleground state Tuesday — first a midday event on the High Point University campus. Late in the afternoon Trump was expected in Kenansville at the Duplin County Events Center, commonly a locale for agricultural shows and festivals. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing on merits from noon event.

CAMPAIGN 2016-EARLY VOTING

WASHINGTON — Seven weeks before Election Day, the earliest numbers from advance voting for president show initial strength for Hillary Clinton in swing state North Carolina, good news for Donald Trump in battleground Iowa and a record number of requests for ballots in Ohio. The first early voting figures Tuesday are too preliminary to serve as clear indicators about how the election will go. Still, they are of interest because, unlike polls, they deal with actual voters either casting ballots or taking their first steps to do so. Campaigns are scrutinizing these figures to help guide their strategies. By Hope Yen. SENT: 770 words, AP Photos GFX0931, WX110.

PIPELINE SPILL

ATLANTA — Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500-foot (152-meter) section of pipe serving as the bypass is now complete, but supply disruptions may continue for days, Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker told The Associated Press. By Jeff Martin and Shameka Dudley-Lowe. SENT: 940 words, AP Photos ALBA103, ALBA103, ALBA105, ALBA101, ALBA102, ALBA102, ALBA101, GADG102, GADG110, GADG101, RPAS103, RPAS101, RPAS104, RPAS102, GADG106, AX103, GADG107, GADG103.

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STATE UNEMPLOYMENT

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates in U.S. presidential swing states, including Florida and North Carolina, mostly fell in August compared with a year ago. But they were up in some hotly contested states, such as Pennsylvania, where the rate jumped to 5.7 percent from 4.9 percent 12 months earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the U.S. Labor Department. Florida’s rate dropped to 4.7 percent from 5.2 percent a year ago, and North Carolina’s plunged to 4.6 percent from 5.7 percent. Rates fell in four of seven swing states and rose in three. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 290 words. AP Photo NYBZ205.

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— UNEMPLOYMENT-NC, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment is better than the national average for the second month in a row, dropping in August to 4.6 percent. SENT: 130 words.

SCHOOL BOARD PRAYER

PICKENS, S.C. — A Pickens County school board member says he’s encouraged by a federal appeals court ruling allowing a county governing board to open meetings with prayer. Pickens school board member Alex Saitta says the ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals means board members could offer prayers without being censored, The Greenville News (http://grnol.co/2cQ6GLN) reported. SENT: 300 words. Note North Carolina angle.

IN BRIEF:

— CHARLOTTE POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING, from CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina have shot and killed a person who they say was armed and posed a threat. SENT: 130 words.

— TEACHER-STOMPING ON FLAG, from FAYETTEVILLE — The superintendent of a North Carolina school system says a high school teacher is being investigated after students say he stepped on an American flag as part of a history lesson. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING BOATERS, from BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is searching the waters south of Long Island, New York, for two boaters reported missing off the coast of Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.

— GAY MARRIAGE-NORTH CAROLINA, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Court of Appeals has rejected two former magistrates’ claim that their rights were violated by state guidance that they could lose their jobs if they refused to perform gay marriages. SENT: 130 words.

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FBC–NORTH CAROLINA-PENALTIES

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is trying to solve a penalty problem entering Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Tar Heels are one of the nation’s most penalized teams heading into Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. They’re coming off a game in which they were called for five unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, leaving Fedora irked after an easy win that included the season’s best performance by first-year starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 470 words, AP Photo NY164.

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