AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

XGR_CERTIFICATE OF NEED

RALEIGH — Legislation to repeal North Carolina’s certificate of need requirements before building hospitals and other medical centers and purchasing high-tech diagnostic equipment got support Tuesday from some physicians and conservative activists in a Senate committee. It’s unclear, however, if Senate Republicans will try to push through their chamber this year the legislation, which is opposed intensely by the North Carolina Hospital Association. No vote was taken by the Senate Health Committee. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 620 words.

XGR-INCOME TAX CAP

RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are gearing up to lower the state’s cap on income tax despite objections from the Office of the State Treasurer that the change could damage the state’s pristine bond rating and limit its ability to rebound during economic downturn. The Senate Finance Committee passed a proposal Tuesday to prevent the personal income tax from rising any higher when it drops to 5.499 percent in 2017. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: APNewsNow. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7:30 p.m.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP

GREENSBORO — Donald Trump is making his first public appearance in North Carolina in three months and his first since becoming the Republicans’ presumptive presidential nominee. Trump was slated to speak at the Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday night, the same day as his 70th birthday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing on merits from 7 p.m. rally.

RANCHING STANDOFF-BLOMGREN

PORTLAND, Ore. — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a man arrested following the Ammon Bundy-led occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Jason Blomgren, 42, of Murphy, North Carolina, is set to appear in a federal courtroom in Portland on Thursday. He earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States and possession of a firearm in a federal facility. By Steven Dubois. SENT: 380 words.

HISPANIC PASTORS

RALEIGH — Some North Carolina Hispanic pastors, chaplains and community leaders are throwing their voices behind the state’s law limiting antidiscrimination protections for LGBT people. About 80 members of the Hispanic community rallied at the Legislative Building on Tuesday in support of the law that directs transgender people to use the bathroom that aligns with the sex on their birth certificate. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FOUR DEAD-UNDISCOVERED WRECK, from SHELBY — North Carolina troopers say four people have died in a wreck that wasn’t discovered until friends started looking for the victims hours later. SENT: 130 words.

— BARNES MEMORIAL, from RALEIGH — A former North Carolina Senate leader has been remembered by the General Assembly for getting important policies approved and for being a good man. SENT: 130 words.

— BEACH BINGO, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s small-scale bingo games would need licenses to legally operate under a bill backed by the Senate Finance Committee. SENT: 130 words.

— PRESCRIPTION DRUG SHOOTING, from JULIAN — Guilford County deputies say a man shot his friend who was spending the night at his home after the guest tried to steal prescription medicine. SENT: 130 words.

— MYRTLE BEACH SWIMMING DEATH, from MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Authorities say the body of a 15-year-old North Carolina boy who went missing in the surf off Myrtle Beach last weekend has been recovered. SENT: 130 words.

— PUBLIC RECORDS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators may meet to examine formally ways to improve state and local government transparency through changes to the public records and open meetings laws. SENT: 130 words.

— VETERAN PARKING, from CONCORD — A Navy veteran in Concord was surprised when she came out of a grocery store and walked to her car that was parked in a spot marked for veterans. SENT: 130 words.

— WAKE COUNTY WRECK DEATHS, from WAKE FOREST — Two people have died and several others were hurt in a head-on collision in Wake County. SENT: 130 words.

— NEWTOWN SHOOTING-LAWSUIT, from DANBURY, Conn. — The parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre are offering to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against Newtown, Connecticut, and its school system for $5.5 million apiece. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

— HOLLERIN’ CONTEST, from SPIVEY’S CORNER — No more hollerin’ in Spivey’s Corner. Organizers of the National Hollerin’ Contest in the Sampson County crossroads community say the annual event has been suspended because of increasing costs and decreasing participation. SENT: 130 words.

— MCCRORY-LIAISON, from RALEIGH — Pat McCrory’s chief lobbyist at the North Carolina General Assembly has been nominated by the governor to a panel that serves as a final arbiter on unemployment benefit claim appeals. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

DUKE-AD

DURHAM — Duke had a solid year across its athletic department in 2015-16. Athletic director Kevin White sees even bigger things in the coming year. In an interview with The Associated Press, White called the just-completed academic year “a decent year with some historic moments and some brilliant moments” but added that “at the same time, it wasn’t a great year, and we’ve been better and we can be better.” By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 630 words. AP Photo NCRAL201.

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