BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

LGBT RIGHTS VIGIL

RALEIGH — Opponents of North Carolina’s law preventing local governments from passing LGBT anti-discrimination protections and directing which bathrooms transgender people can use are reuniting to honor victims of the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that killed 49 people. The Forward Together movement led by the state NAACP scheduled a vigil “against hate and discrimination” late Monday at the Legislative Building. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 5 p.m. event.

HOUSE 2016-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger prevailed Monday in his tight congressional primary after a recount confirmed his razor-thin victory. Machine recounts were finished around noon in the counties that make up the 9th District, and the totals changed by less than a handful of votes, according to a table of results provided by the State Board of Elections. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 275 words.

HOSPITAL CLOSURE

BELHAVEN — Vidant Health is opening a 24-hour clinic in Belhaven, where it closed a hospital in 2014. According to the Daily Reflector of Greenville, the 12,500-square foot clinic opening Monday brings together three medical practices and a 24-hour medical clinic at one location. SENT: 270 words.

NEWTOWN SHOOTING-GUN MARKER

HARTFORD, Conn. — A gun manufacturer should be held accountable for selling the public semi-automatic rifles that were designed as military killing machines, a lawyer for families of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre told a judge Monday. The argument came during a court hearing on Remington Arms’ request to dismiss a lawsuit by relatives of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school on Dec. 14, 2012, and a teacher who survived the shooting. … James Vogts, a lawyer for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington, said Monday that the lawsuit should be thrown out on several technical grounds. By Dave Collins. SENT: 655 words. With AP Video. With AP Photos CTBRP101-104

FARMWORKERS-HEALTH INSURANCE

DUNN — Some seasonal agricultural workers were finishing a meal after a long day of planting sweet potato seeds when Julie Pittman pulled into to their camp. Up since dawn, they had worked through an 80-degree day that was just beginning to cool off. Now, Pittman, a paralegal with the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina, wanted to get their attention. By Alejandra Cancino. SENT: 1,260 words. AP Photos WX404, WX401, WX402, WX403, WX405, WX406, WX407.

With:

— FARMWORKERS-HEALTH INSURANCE-ABRIDGED.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-NO TRIAL

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Through his death in a gun battle with police, the Orlando nightclub gunman deprived his victims’ families of the chance for a trial that could have helped to channel grief, offer a sense of justice or provide answers for the bloodshed. But some touched by other mass shootings in which the killers have died say they are grateful to be spared the extended, emotionally grueling legal proceedings of the kind that have added to publicity for killers like the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter. By Michael Melia. SENT: 800 words. AP Photo BX301. Note North Carolina angle.

IN BRIEF:

— CONFEDERATE FLAG FIGHT, from CHARLESTON, S.C. — Authorities say two tourists visiting South Carolina were arrested over the weekend in a dispute over the Confederate flag. SENT: 130 words.

— OPIOID OVERDOSE, from RALEIGH — North Carolina becomes the third state to provide unlimited access to a prescription drug that’s already saved more than 2,000 people statewide who were overdosing on heroin, OxyContin or other opium-based drugs. SENT: 130 words.

— LGBT RIGHTS-DUELING LAWSUITS, from RALEIGH — A federal judge has agreed to further consolidate lawsuits seeking to defend a North Carolina law that limits protections for the LGBT community. SENT: 130 words.

— NEW BERN STABBING, from NEW BERN — Police in New Bern have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of a man. Police Chief Toussaint Summers said in a statement that officers were called to a home about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. SENT: 130 words.

— NASCAR-WALLACE ATTACKED-CONCERT, from CHARLOTTE — NASCAR driver Mike Wallace says he and his daughter were attacked after a Rascal Flatts concert in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words. AP Photo NY150.

— AMBULANCE CRASH, from RALEIGH — Three Franklin County emergency medical service workers and one patient were taken to the hospital after a driver crashed into an ambulance near Raleigh. SENT: 130 words.

— BEACH HIGHWAY-BRIDGE, from OCRACOKE — North Carolina highway officials are holding three meetings this month for public comment on the proposed bridge on N.C. Highway at Rodanthe on Hatteras Island. SENT: 130 words.

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