BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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NORTH CAROLINA-ACADEMIC PROBE

RALEIGH — The agency that accredits colleges across the South said Thursday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the oldest public university in the U.S., has been released from its one-year probation stemming from an academic fraud scandal. The board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges had determined in June 2015 that the university should be penalized for failing to comply with seven key operating principles for its members, including integrity, program content, control of intercollegiate athletics and academic support services. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 430 words.

SEX OFFENDER BAN

RALEIGH — While North Carolina’s law banning registered sex offenders from places children gather remains on hold, a state senator who is running for attorney general this fall has proposed creating a placeholder law he says will protect children at daycare centers, playgrounds, arcades and amusement parks. Wilson Republican Sen. Buck Newton introduced a bill Thursday to ban registered sex offenders and others identified as threats to children from specific public places. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 420 words.

WIND FARMS-MILITARY

RALEIGH —Large portions of North Carolina would be off limits to wind-energy operations in legislation given tentative approval Thursday, backed by supporters who argue it will help preserve the state’s prominent military presence by keeping flight training areas clear. The measure also would set up additional state regulatory hurdles before a company could build a wind farm with turbines stretching at least 200 feet tall. The state military and health departments also would be asked to weigh in before the Department of Environmental Quality, tasked with permitting sites since 2013, makes a decision. Federal permitting already is required By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 520 words

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SOLITARY-TEEN INMATES

RALEIGH — Prison officials in North Carolina say they will no longer use solitary confinement for inmates who are under 18. Adult correction and juvenile justice commissioner W. David Guice said in a news release that the state is beginning a new youthful offender program that will focus on education, behavioral health and the treatment needs of the younger inmates. SENT: 220 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE CHASE-FATAL CRASH, from CHARLOTTE — Authorities say a carjacking suspect who sped away from a traffic stop died a short time later when the car struck a utility pole during a police chase. SENT: 130 words.

— SMALL-TOWN HANGING, from RALEIGH — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it found no evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges in the case of a black teenager whose body was found in a Bladenboro trailer park, hanging from a swing set by a dog leash and a belt that didn’t belong to him. SENT: 130 words.

— INTENTIONAL WRECKS, from ASHEVILLE — A North Carolina man will spend at least a year in prison after prosecutors said he intentionally caused 12 wrecks, filming many of them on a dashboard camera and uploading the footage to the internet. SENT: 130 words.

— TWO DEAD-FAYETTEVILLE, from FAYETTEVILLE — Police say they have charged the son of a Fayetteville couple with killing them in the home they all shared. SENT: 130 words.

— LOTTERY-FOOD STAMPS, from RALEIGH — A Republican bill requiring crosschecks of food stamp recipients against North Carolina lottery winners as a fraud-prevention tool has cleared the state House after three days of debate. SENT: 130 words.

— STATE LINE CHANGE, from RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers have now followed their South Carolina counterparts and approved legislation to clean up complications stemming from the recent redrawing of the border between the two states. SENT: 130 words.

— MCCRORY-APPOINTMENTS, from RALEIGH — The General Assembly has confirmed Pat McCrory’s two appointments to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, including a former Cabinet secretary. SENT: 130 words.

— FUGITIVE-CHILD RAPE, from BOSTON — Authorities say a former Massachusetts man who was charged with raping children and went on the run more than two decades ago has been arrested in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— DEM 2016-CLINTON-OHIO, from COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hillary Clinton plans to return next week to presidential battleground Ohio. The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate is expected to hold an event Tuesday in the Columbus area. SENT: 130 words.

— HIGH SCHOOL MATH, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly is poised to offer high school math students two pathways to graduate in response to families who have complained the multistate Common Core standards are confusing and overly complicated. SENT: 130 words.

— HEROIN DEATHS, from HENDERSONVILLE — A Michigan man has been charged in the drug deaths of two men who died in a motel room in Hendersonville. SENT: 130 words.

— SEA TURTLE RELEASE, from SURF CITY — Thirteen sea turtles are back at home in the waves after their release by workers at a sea turtle hospital on the North Carolina coast. SENT: 130 words.

— ROOMMATE KILLED, from WINSTON-SALEM — Police in Winston-Salem have arrested a man and charged him with shooting and killing his roommate. SENT: 130 words.

— FOOD BANK DONATION, from RALEIGH — Food Lion and Smithfield are teaming up to donate 70,000 pounds of food and produce to a Raleigh food bank. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

PANTHERS-NEWTON

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton isn’t focused on this past February’s Super Bowl — or the one that will be played next year in Houston, for that matter. The league’s MVP said he’s all about the present — and improving as a player and team leader before the 2016 season begins. By Steve Reed. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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