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RALEIGH — The thinnest of margins was keeping Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger from losing his seat as his challenger pledged Wednesday to continue fighting in one of two congressional primaries that were too close to call. Pittenger led Mark Harris, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, by about 140 votes a day after the primary election, according to state data. If Pittenger doesn’t hold on, he’d become the second incumbent to lose in a topsy-turvy primary following court-ordered redistricting. By Jonathan Drew And Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 550 words.
WINSTON-SALEM — Two families targeted by a North Carolina hospital volunteer’s expletive-laced, racially tinged tirade said Wednesday they are pursuing justice but have not yet taken legal action against the hospital. The families of Isaiah Baskins and Katie Thomas are represented by Justin Bamberg, an Orangeburg, South Carolina-based attorney who is also representing the family of Walter Scott, a black North Charleston, South Carolina, man who was shot and killed by a white city police officer. The officer now faces state and federal charges. By Tom Foreman Jr.. SENT: 540 words, AP Photos NCCB104, NCCB103, NCCB102, NCCB101.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina schools could be required to offer traditional high-school level mathematics classes while continuing newer “integrated” classes that arrived with Common Core. A Senate committee recommended legislation on Wednesday telling districts to give students the option of taking Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II to meet graduation requirements starting in the 2017-18 school year. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
RALEIGH — Some North Carolina lawmakers are trying to remove an exemption in an immigration law passed last year that allows law enforcement to use identification cards from local government or nonprofit organizations to determine a person’s identity or residency. The House Regulatory Reform Committee sent the bill to the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday with opposition from policymakers and law enforcement groups who say the exemption allows officers to protect communities with diverse populations. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 450 words.
— SHELBY KILLING, from SHELBY — Police have arrested a man and a woman in the killing of a 95-year-old Shelby woman. SENT: 130 words.
— EMBEZZLEMENT PLEA, from WILMINGTON — A Wilmington woman has been sentenced to a maximum of more than nine years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling about $150,000 from a law firm. SENT: 130 words.
— MISSING WOMAN-BODY, from CLEMMONS — Authorities have found the body of a missing 63-year-old Clemmons woman in the Yadkin River. SENT: 130 words.
— RALEIGH POLICE-PAY, from RALEIGH — Union officials for the police and fire departments in Raleigh are calling for a 15 percent pay increase over the next two years for public safety employees. SENT: 130 words.
— SHELTER-BEAR ATTACK, from GATLINBURG, Tenn. — A shelter near where a black bear bit a camper last month at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reopened. SENT: 130 words.
ASHBURN, Va. — When Josh Norman became a free agent, the Washington Redskins were the first team to bring him in for a visit. Once they signed him, the All-Pro cornerback immediately went to work to validate their belief in him. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words 6 p.m., photos.
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