BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

ZIP LINE REGULATIONS

RALEIGH — One year ago this past weekend, a 12-year-old girl from Wilmington died when the tether attached to her while she traveled on a zip line at a YMCA camp in the North Carolina mountains broke. The child’s distant cousin happened to be Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, who spoke with her parents and decided to act. He’s proposed regulations of zip lines and ropes courses, but not everyone is persuaded that extensive state oversight is the best way to go, let alone reduce accidents. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 640 words.

IN BRIEF:

— LGBT RIGHTS_DUELING LAWSUITS, from RALEIGH — A federal judge has agreed to combine two lawsuits filed by North Carolina Republican leaders who are seeking to defend a law that limits protections for the LGBT community. SENT: 130 words.

— AMUSEMENT PARK-POWER OUTAGE, from CHARLOTTE — The Carowinds theme park on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line is operating normally after a second power outage in less than a week. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL HIT-AND-RUN, from THURMONT, Md. — Local and state officials have dedicated a footbridge over U.S. 15 to the memory of a U.S. Marine guard at Camp David who was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run. SENT: 130 words.

— HANESBRANDS-CEO, from WASHINGTON — Apparel maker HanesBrands announced that Chief Operating Officer Gerald Evans Jr. will take over as CEO, replacing current Chairman and CEO Richard Noll, who will become executive chairman. Note North Carolina angle.

— OCEANFRONT PIER SALE, from HOLDEN BEACH — The oceanfront community of Holden Beach has a chance to buy some beachfront property and a fishing pier. SENT: 130 words.

— ROCKINGHAM COUNTY DEATHS, from REIDSVILLE — A Greensboro man has been arrested as Rockingham County officials investigate a series of shootings, assaults and fires that left two people dead and four injured. SENT: 130 words.

— LAKE NORMAN DROWNING, from CORNELIUS — One person has died after being pulled from Lake Norman north of Charlotte. SENT: 130 words.

— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CHARLOTTE VIGIL, from CHARLOTTE — A candlelight vigil is scheduled at a Charlotte nightclub in the wake of the weekend shootings in Florida in which 50 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in American history. SENT: 130 words.

— MORAL MONDAY-WESTERN NC, from SYLVA — The first “Moral Monday” event in the far western part of North Carolina is coming up in Sylva. SENT: 130 words.

— HEART TRANSPLANT, ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 3-year-old Rock Hill boy has undergone heart transplant surgery after months of waiting. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

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