BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

VOTER ID LAWSUITS

RICHMOND, Va. — Members of a federal appeals court expressed skepticism Tuesday that North Carolina’s 2013 major rewrite to voting laws, requiring photo identification to cast in-person ballots, doesn’t discriminate against minorities. The three-judge panel met Tuesday to hear arguments over whether to overturn an April trial court ruling upholding the law. By Alan Suderman and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 570 words.

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— VOTER ID LAWSUITS-THE LATEST.

GOVERNOR 2016-DEBATES

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper are preparing for their first debate this week, and they’re already throwing jabs about how many more they’ll have before November. McCrory’s campaign said Tuesday the Republican incumbent wants to debate seven times, beginning with Friday’s forum in Charlotte at the North Carolina Bar Association annual convention. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 430 words.

WATAUGA-EARLY VOTING

RALEIGH — There’s no need to keep litigating a trial court’s order that an early-voting site be kept on the Appalachian State University campus for the 2014 election, a divided state Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday. Two of the three Court of Appeals judges agreed the matter was moot because the 2014 election is long over. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 430 words.

XGR–NONPROFIT ID CARDS

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican lawmakers are attempting to rein in local governments with threats to deny school and roads funding if they do not comply with immigration laws passed last year. A Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a bill to withhold state dollars from cities or counties that accept identification cards from nonprofit organizations or establish “sanctuary policies” limiting enforcement of federal immigration law. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 690 words.

KIDNAP VICTIM RESCUED-TRIAL

RALEIGH — A federal jury in North Carolina on Tuesday convicted a prisoner of directing a botched kidnapping attempt from his prison cell, in an incident where the kidnappers mistakenly grabbed the father of a prosecutor. Kelvin Melton, 51 was found guilty of multiple charges, including kidnapping and aiding and abetting and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, a release from the U.S. Department of Justice said. SENT: 300 words.

CHARLOTTE AIRPORT

CHARLOTTE — The Federal Aviation Administration has signaled that it won’t intervene in a dispute over control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. According to The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/28L0eGT), the FAA this month updated its policy on disputed management changes at public airports. The move means Charlotte will remain in control of the airport. SENT: 240 words.

LOCAL NEWS STARTUPS

NEW YORK — A handful of new startups are tackling a thorny problem that AOL couldn’t solve with zillions of dollars: How to cover local news in different cities without going broke. Some see a news hole left behind by the shrinking newsrooms of traditional city newspapers and alt-weeklies. Others want to woo smartphone-addicted millennial readers. They’re using newsletters and social media like Instagram to build an audience for their sites. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 900 words, AP Photos CODZ201, CODZ202.

APARTMENT FIRE DEATH

CHARLOTTE — A sheriff in Nevada says a North Carolina man has confessed to killing a bride-to-be who was pulled from her burning apartment in Charlotte last weekend. A statement from Nye County, Nevada, Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said that Matthew Thomas Benner, 28, confessed when he was arrested Monday near Las Vegas. SENT: 410 words.

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— APARTMENT FIRE DEATH-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

— REPUBLICANS-COMMUNICATIONS, from RALEIGH — A spokeswoman for a socially conservative group that supports North Carolina’s new law limiting anti-discrimination regulations for LGBT people has become communications director for the state Republican Party. SENT: 100 words.

— RED WOLVES, from CHAPEL HILL — Three conservation groups have asked a federal court to halt the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service practice of capturing and killing red wolves in eastern North Carolina, and to end the authorization of landowners to do the same thing. SENT: 130 words.

— CHEROKEES-REMEMBRANCE RIDE, from TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — More than a dozen Native American bicyclists from Oklahoma and North Carolina are wrapping up a nearly 1,000-mile ride retracing their ancestors’ journey along the Trail of Tears. SENT: 120 words.

— XGR–SEX OFFENDER BAN, from RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a bill prohibiting some sex offenders from being near children while a similar state law from 2009 remains under federal review. SENT: 130 words.

— OUT-OF-STATE LENDER-LAWSUIT, from RALEIGH — North Carolina residents who obtained very high-interest loans with some out-of-state lenders will share about $9 million in refunds. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-CHARLOTTE, from CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina say they have shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect who pulled a gun as a SWAT team tried to arrest him. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

FBN–GOOD GUY AWARD

UNDATED — Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media. Davis, who helped the Panthers reach the Super Bowl, was honored by PFWA on Tuesday. SENT: 170 words.

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