AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RAEFORD — An Army Reserve officer left bacon at a mosque and brandished a handgun while threatening to kill Muslims and “bury them behind the mosque,” North Carolina authorities said Friday. Suspect Russell Thomas Langford, 36, made death threats against members of the mosque about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville, authorities said. By Anna Gronewold and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos AX101, AX102.




COLUMBIA, S.C. — Utility crews worked Friday to replace a blown transformer blamed for a power outage that left people stranded on at least three rides at a theme park on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. Officials still don’t know what caused the failure at Carowinds just before 8 p.m. Thursday, Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Layne said Friday. First responders put out a fire and cleaned up several gallons of mineral oil that had spilled, said Layne, who noted that the inflammable oil is used as a coolant in power transformers. Workers were replacing the transformer and other equipment, she said. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 590 words.




RALEIGH — North Carolina’s cyberbullying law, designed to protect children from harassing online posts, violates free speech rights and is unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The opinion strikes down the 2009 law that made posting on the Internet information designed to “intimidate or torment” a minor or the child’s parent, or encouraging such postings, a misdemeanor. While nearly all states have laws against electronic forms of harassment, North Carolina has been among at least 18 states with criminal sanctions for such cyberbullying, according to a research clearinghouse on such laws. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 610 words.


RALEIGH — North Carolina’s highest court says state government has effectively taken private property through a law that restricted what landowners along a proposed highway route can do to their tracts, and those owners may be compensated. Friday’s ruling by the state Supreme Court addresses what’s called the Map Act. The N.C. Department of Transportation has used the tool as a way to limit rising values on property they could condemn for a road. But Winston-Salem-area property owners who sued said they were stuck with land they couldn’t sell and were at the mercy of the state to take the land or not. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


RALEIGH — Eddie Jacobs’ Chevy S10 pickup truck is hard to miss. The bed is filled with decorative birdhouses that he sells, each one inspired by the state of North Carolina. There are lighthouses with their distinctive black-and-white stripes and diamonds, each with a solar-powered light on top. There are tobacco barns and pack houses, log cabins and outhouses — many decorated with metal roofs, plastic shrubbery and toy cars. By Andrea Weigl, The News & Observer of Raleigh. SENT: 820 words.


— MISSING MAN-BODY FOUND, from NEW BERN — Authorities in Craven County say the body of a man reported missing has been found in the Neuse River. SENT: 90 words.

— CAR CRASH-SHOTS FIRED, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a man fleeing officers crashed his car into a utility pole, then fired a single shot as the officers approached. No injuries were reported. SENT: 120 words.

— WOMAN BURNED, from RED SPRINGS — The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office says a man is facing multiple charges after investigators say he burned a woman and her belongings. SENT: 130 words.

— TEACHER-HORROR MOVIES, from FAYETTEVILLE — A Cumberland County middle school teacher is facing discipline after officials say he showed horror videos to sixth graders. SENT: 120 words.

— WIFE SLAYING, from CHARLOTTE — Authorities have arrested an 82-year-old Charlotte man and accused him of killing his 79-year-old wife. SENT: 130 words.

— HOG PLANT-MASON CITY, from HAMPTON, Iowa — The Hampton City Council is supporting the possibility of locating a pork plant in Franklin County. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

— INTERSTATE-RALEIGH-NORFOLK, from NORFOLK, Va. — Officials are planning a $1 billion interstate highway that will eventually connect Norfolk and Raleigh as well as open a high-speed, unobstructed route between a Virginia port and North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. SENT: 130 words.

— PHONY LANDLADY, from FREDERICK, Md. — A North Carolina woman is accused of stealing more than $4,000 from five men by posing as the landlady of a Maryland property she was being evicted from. SENT: 130 words.

— MCCRORY-REPORT CARD, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s traditional school year is over, so some teachers say it’s time Gov. Pat McCrory gets graded for his performance on public education and other issues. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSING BOATER, from ELIZABETH CITY — Authorities say they searching for a boater who went missing in the waters south of the Albemarle Sound. SENT: 130 words.



LUBBOCK, Texas — East Carolina has never gone to the College World Series. But after besting the defending national champs along the way to winning the regionals, the Pirates are a step away from Omaha. East Carolina, which has been in the most NCAA regionals (28) without advancing to the CWS, takes on Texas Tech in the first of a best-of-three series Friday night. The Red Raiders are looking to return to the CWS for the second time in three years. UPCOMING: 150-word AP NewsNow. Game starts at 8 p.m. CDT


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