BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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CHARLOTTE POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING

CHARLOTTE — Police officers gave a black man multiple warnings to drop a handgun before one of the officers opened fire and killed him, Charlotte’s police chief said Wednesday, hours after protesters and police clashed in unrest that saw tractor-trailers looted and set on fire. More than a dozen officers were injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. Authorities had to use tear gas to disperse the protests in North Carolina’s largest city, which joins Milwaukee, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, on the list of U.S. cities that erupted in violence over the death of black men at the hands of police. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 960 words. AP Photos NCCHN215, NCCHN202, NCCHN201, NY201, NCCHN200, NCCHN505, NCCHN501, NCCHN508, NCCHN507, NCCHN506, NCCHN214, NCCHN213, NCCHN212, NCCHN2111, NCCHN210, NCCHN209, NCCHN208, NCCHN506, NCCHN207, NCCHN203, NCCHN104, NCCHN103, NCCHN102, NCCHN101, NCCHN208, NCCHN505, NCCHN501.

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GAY MARRIAGE-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples by citing religious beliefs. The judge in Asheville dismissed a lawsuit filed by three couples, two gay and one interracial. The judge ruled that the couples lacked legal standing as taxpayers to sue and lacked evidence showing they were harmed directly by the law taking effect in June 2015. Still, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn wrote there is potential someone could suffer real harm because of the law. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 570 words.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-DEBATE

RALEIGH — The candidates running to become North Carolina’s attorney general praised law enforcement officers Wednesday for the dangerous work they do after the violent reaction to Charlotte police shooting a black motorist. But their praise came with a difference. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 585 words.

SEVERE WEATHER-FLOODING

NORFOLK, Va. — Flooding in coastal Virginia and North Carolina blocked roads and forced school closings Wednesday that affected for more than 100,000 students. A stalled weather system and the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have brought days of rain and localized flooding to the region. The rain is expected to continue into Thursday. SENT: 340 words.

BLUE BELL RECALL

BRENHAM, Texas — Blue Bell Creameries recalled select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria, the Brenham, Texas-based company announced Wednesday. SENT: 280 words. Note North Carolina angle.

IN BRIEF:

—TEACHER-STOMPING ON FLAG, from FAYETTEVILLE — A North Carolina district attorney says he won’t prosecute a high school teacher for stepping on an American flag during a lesson on the First Amendment. SENT: 130 words.

—BUNCOMBE COUNTY JOBS, from BLACK MOUNTAIN — A company that makes skin products plans to add more than 550 jobs over the next five years at its operations in Buncombe County. SENT: 130 words.

— RALEIGH HOMICIDE, from RALEIGH — A man has been found dead on a street in Raleigh. SENT: 130 words.

— SEVERE WEATHER-FLOODING, from NORFOLK, Va. — Flooding in coastal Virginia and North Carolina has blocked roads and closed schools for more than 100,000 students. SENT: 130 words. AP Photos VANOV201, VANOV203, VANOV202.

— PIPELINE SPILL, from ATLANTA — Colonial Pipeline has restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that was shut down after a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South. SENT: 130 words. AP Photos VANOV201, VANOV203, VANOV202.ALBA101, ALBA102, ALBA103. Note North Carolina angle.

— SHOOTING-YOUNG-JEEZY, from NORFOLK, Va. — Authorities have captured a man wanted in a fatal shooting during a party hosted by rapper Young Jeezy. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

— FORMER INMATE HOMICIDE, from WILMINGTON — Police say a man who left prison this year after serving his sentence for an armed robbery a dozen years ago was shot and killed on his front porch in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER ASSAULTED, from GREENSBORO — Two people have been arrested and charged with an assault of a Greensboro police officer. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING MAN FOUND-SHOPLIFTING, from FAYETTEVILLE — A man who was reported missing has been found after he was arrested on shoplifting charges. SENT: 130 words.

— CLUB DISCRIMINATION, from CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte club has been accused of racial discrimination. Media outlets report that in a now-viral Facebook post Sunday evening. SENT: 130 words.

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PANTHERS-PROTEST REACTIONS

CHARLOTTE — While Cam Newton called the latest police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina “embarrassing,” the Carolina Panthers quarterback says he’s not rushing to any judgments until he has more information. The league MVP did have some strong comments Wednesday about social injustice and the African-American community. By Steve Reed. SENT: 820 words.

ACC-TITLE GAME QUESTIONS

RALEIGH — There’s a lot for the Atlantic Coast Conference to sort out between now and December — on and off the field. But the biggest question looming over the league is where those two division winners will meet in the title game, after it was pulled from Charlotte over concerns about a state law that limits the protections of LGBT people. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 980 words.

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