AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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HOUSE 2016-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — A primary challenger formally requested a recount on Wednesday in his effort to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger after provisional and absentee ballots reduced the incumbent’s slim lead. Election night ended with the race between Pittenger and Mark Harris too close to call, and the margin shrank by a handful of votes after local elections officials completed their tallies on Tuesday. That count shows Pittenger edged Harris by 135 votes, or less than 1 percent of ballots cast, a margin allowing Harris to demand a recount. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 370 words.

HIGH SCHOOL MATH

RALEIGH — North Carolina high school students and their parents unhappy with the latest edition of the “new math” could get the old course options again. The Senate passed Wednesday a measure that would direct school districts to offer traditional math courses like algebra and geometry alongside the newer “integrated” classes developed under Common Core standards. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 470 words by 7 p.m.

WIND FARMS-MILITARY

RALEIGH — Proposed wind farm operators in North Carolina would face additional hurdles to address public health and military training in legislation now moving through the state Senate. The bill released Wednesday and approved by the Senate environment committee also would prohibit construction or expansion of wind-energy facilities across large sections of North Carolina land where military air maneuvers and other training are performed. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7:30 p.m.

CAMPAIGN 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s latest accusation against President Barack Obama — that he’s putting U.S. enemies ahead of America’s own people — is thrusting him into uncharted territory for the presidential candidate of any major political party. Trump spent the first days following the Orlando nightclub massacre hinting Obama was sympathizing with or even supporting terrorists. Some of those times he said he was repeating what “many people” believe — one of the presumptive Republican nominee’s favorite ways to sprinkle conspiracy theories into the presidential campaign. By Julie Pace And Jill Colvin. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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IN BRIEF:

— BEER-INDIAN TRIBE LAWSUIT, from RALEIGH — A Native American tribe in North Carolina is suing Anheuser-Busch, saying the beer company is illegally using the tribe’s logo. SENT: 130 words.

— ZIP LINE REGULATIONS, from RALEIGH — Proposed regulations of zip lines and off-the-ground ropes courses in North Carolina have cleared their first legislative committee. SENT: 130 words.

— FOOTBALL PLAYER DIES, from GREENSBORO — Guilford County school officials say a 13-year-old boy has died a day after getting sick at football practice. SENT: 130 words.

— POOL DROWNING, from WASHINGTON, N.C. — Rescuers have found a man who disappeared during a backyard cookout at the bottom of a 12-foot deep pool. SENT: 130 words.

— — INCOME TAX CAP, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate has pushed back debate on a Republican proposal to secure recent tax reforms in the state constitution. SENT: 130 words.

— I-77 TOLL LANES, from CHARLOTTE — North Carolina transportation officials say it would cost $800 million to cancel plans for toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte and build new lanes. SENT: 130 words.

— SUBWAY-SEX ABUSE, from NEW YORK — A registered sex offender who was wearing an electronic tracking device when he abused two New York City subway riders has been sentenced to two years in prison. SENT: 130 words. Note North Carolina angle.

— COSTUME-SEX CHARGES, from LINCOLNTON — A Gastonia man has been arrested after police say he tried to meet a person he thought was a 14-year-old child for sex while he was dressed as a character from the “Men in Black” movie. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD CARE-BLOCK GRANT, from WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara Mikulski is co-chairing a bipartisan hearing on access to child care. The Maryland Democrat will co-chair the hearing on Wednesday in Washington with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

PANTHERS-COLEMAN IN CHARGE

CHARLOTTE — Safety Kurt Coleman is taking on an added role this season with the Carolina Panthers — full-time mentor. The NFC champion Panthers will be relying heavily on Coleman’s NFL experience to help tutor an extremely young secondary following an offseason purge of veteran defensive backs. By Steve Reed. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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