AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Martha Waggoner.

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TOP STORIES:

STORM FORECASTS-NEW TECHNOLOGY

RALEIGH — How high will water really get during a storm? A pilot program uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey and NOAA to try to answer this question for coastal residents and visitors. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 810 words. AP Photo NY116.

DEMOCRATS CONVENTION

RALEIGH — Amidst the backdrop of House Bill 2 and the looming presidential and gubernatorial elections, North Carolina Democratic activists gather in Raleigh Saturday. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the state Democratic Party Convention where they will here from EMILY’S List President Stephanie Schriock and Attorney General Roy Cooper, the party’s choice to challenge Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in what may be the nation’s most watched governor’s race this fall. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words from event that begins at 7 p.m.

EXCHANGE-NURSE’S REUNION

WINSTON-SALEM — As a child, Rachel Oliver Smith had dreams of one day becoming a ballerina or princess, but then she met the nurses at Brenner Children’s Hospital while she was a cancer patient there in the 1990s. She was diagnosed at age 4 with T-cell lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and received chemotherapy treatments for two years at the pediatric hospital. By Fran Daniel, the Winston-Salem Journal. SENT: 860 words. Also moved in advance as an AP member exchange. AP Photos NCWIN101-NCWIN104.

IN BRIEF:

— TRUMP-NORTH CAROLINA, from GREENSBORO — Donald Trump will be spending part of his 70th birthday in North Carolina. SENT: 100 words.

— HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER-YOUTUBE, from WINSTON-SALEM — A former volunteer with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is scheduled to return to court in July on charges related to a confrontation with the father of a 3-week-old heart patient. SENT: 130 words.

— DUKE ENERGY-ACQUISITION, from CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have given their OK to additional conditions on Duke’s $4.9 billion acquisition of Piedmont. SENT: 130 words.

— ZIKA BILL-KING, from PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is one of several senators who have introduced a bill they say will give states and municipalities tools to fight the Zika virus. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BBC–NCAA-EAST CAROLINA-TEXAS TECH

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech and East Carolina play their second game in the super regional Saturday afternoon in Lubbock. ECU has never gone to the College World Series and the Red Raiders are looking to return to the CWS for the second time in three years. UPCOMING: 350 to 600 words from 4 p.m. EDT start. AP Photos.

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