BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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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.


RALEIGH — Some physicians and conservative activists want the General Assembly to end North Carolina’s certificate of need laws, which require regulatory approval before hospitals and surgery centers are built and expensive, specialty medical equipment is acquired. They spoke to a Senate Health Committee on Tuesday about proposed legislation to repeal in 2011 the restriction first approved in the 1970s. But the bill’s future is uncertain — no vote was taken and the North Carolina Hospital Association has been fighting it. By Gary D. Robertson. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.


— 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.

— HISPANIC PASTORS, from 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. 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.



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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