Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at [email protected] Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.
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RALEIGH — The annual effort to tweak or scale back regulations on North Carolina businesses or state government itself is progressing through the General Assembly in competing House and Senate bills. The Senate scheduled floor debate Thursday on its proposed “Regulatory Reduction Act of 2016.” The measure would repeal the state’s electronics recycling program, halt annual motor vehicle emissions testing in eight counties and eliminate or consolidate environmental reports. A provision that would have allowed North Carolina distilleries to sell more liquor to people touring their operations was removed by a committee Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. Senate session.
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— POLICE CHIEF RETIRING, from DUNN — City officials say that Dunn Police Chief Jimmy Pope will retire from his position this summer, although Rose says he is being forced out. SENT: 130 words.
— MISSING BOATER, from LAKE WYLIE, S.C. — Fire department officials are searching for a missing boater in Lake Wylie near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. SENT: 130 words.
— CHILD ABUSE-POOL, from CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — A North Carolina woman has been arrested after police say she poured vodka in a boy’s eyes at a hotel pool in Florida. SENT: 130 words.
— WAL-MART BOMB, from ASHEVILLE — A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of detonating a pipe bomb near small propane tanks inside a Wal-Mart in the North Carolina mountains. SENT: 130 words.
— NC 12 BRIDGE, from RODANTHE — The state Department of Transportation is taking public comment on a planned new bridge on N.C. Highway 12 over Pamlico Sound. SENT: 130 words.
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