AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

CHARTER SCHOOL TAKEOVER

RALEIGH — North Carolina could hand over some of its lowest performing elementary schools to charter school operators in an effort to reverse dismal test scores in more than half the state’s counties. Similar aggressive reforms have taken hold in New Orleans and Tennessee, and states such as Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia are considering prescribing charter management for their failing schools. But results have been mixed so far, with opponents saying researchers and educators have found little proof that the charter companies are the remedy. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 830 words, photos.

KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED-TRIAL

RALEIGH — A man who authorities say was the mastermind of the kidnapping of the father of the North Carolina prosecutor who put him in prison testified at his trial that if he really wanted revenge, he would have had gang members kill the man immediately. Kelvin Melton orchestrated the abduction in 2014 from a smuggled cellphone behind state prison walls where he is serving a life sentence on an attempted murder conviction, prosecutors said at his federal kidnapping trial that started earlier this month. SENT: 380 words.

EXCHANGE-LURE OF CIDER

ASHEVILLE — Henderson County is making a mark in the cider business. Bold Rock Hard Cider is the biggest of the players with its operation in Mills River. Flat Rock Ciderworks has opened a tasting room in downtown Hendersonville. And St. Paul Mountain Vineyards is expanding its Appalachian Ridge Atisan Cider operation. By Tony Kiss, the Asheville Citizen-Times. SENT: 880 words.

IN BRIEF:

— NEIGHBORS KILLED, from WINSTON-SALEM — Authorities say two people are dead after a monthlong argument with their neighbor ended with a shooting. SENT: 130 words.

— MURDER SUSPECT CONVICTED, from BURGAW — A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a man in Pender County nearly four years ago. SENT: 130 words.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-NC, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate has declined but still remains slightly above the national average. SENT: 130 words.

— AD FRAUD SENTENCE, from WINSTON-SALEM — A man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for his role in scam involving a Winston-Salem advertising business. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTER WORKOUT DEATH, from LINCOLNTON — A Lincoln County firefighter has died after exercising while on duty. SENT: 130 words.

— HIT AND RUN ARREST, from NEW BERN — Police in New Bern say they have arrested a 17-year-old male from Craven County in a hit and run death last month. SENT: 130 words.

— COAST GUARD RESCUE, from WILMINGTON — The Coast Guard has rescued four people after their vessel started taking on water about nine miles off Hatteras Inlet. SENT: 130 words.

— STABBING DEATH ARREST, from SALISBURY — A High Point man has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of a man in Salisbury. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBN-PANTHERS-OHER

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers are making sure Cam Newton’s blind side is protected. Carolina signed left tackle Michael Oher to a three-year contract extension on Friday. The 30-year-old Oher is now under contract through the 2019 season. Financial terms were not announced Friday. By Steve Reed. SENT: 300 words.

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