AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

DEPUTY SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man in his front yard could have used pepper spray or a stun gun and didn’t need deadly force to subdue him, the man’s stepfather said Thursday. Daryl Carpenter is disputing the official report from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. He said he has yet to hear from the sheriff’s office, and he’s gotten angrier as time has progressed. By Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 510 words.

XGR–BODY CAMERAS

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s first-ever regulations for access to police video footage won House approval Thursday over objections from some lawmakers who say the standards could cloak the recordings in secrecy. The House gave initial endorsement to the measure that would exempt from public records video recordings from body cameras and dashboard cameras. By Anna Gronewold. SENT: 400 words, AP Photos NCGB103, NCGB102, NCGB104, NCGB101.

US-FED-BANK STRESS TESTS

NEW YORK — The largest U.S. financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged national and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The central bank’s annual “stress tests” show that the 33 largest financial institutions — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo — all hold more capital than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis. They also hold enough capital that, even if faced with billions of dollars in losses from loans as a result of an economic crisis, they would continue to function. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 550 words. Please note N.C. angle.

HEALTH INSURANCE CO-OP-LAWSUIT

CHICAGO — A struggling Illinois health insurance co-op is suing the federal government, claiming it is being shortchanged $72.8 million in promised payments under the Affordable Care Act. Chicago-based Land of Lincoln Health filed the lawsuit Thursday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. At least four other insurers have filed similar claims over the so-called risk corridor payments, a temporary provision of the health care law meant to help unprofitable insurers and stabilize consumer prices during the first three years of the law’s new insurance exchanges. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 650 words.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

WASHINGTON — This year’s Kennedy Center honorees include musicians who span genres including pop, rock, gospel, blues, folk and classical — and an actor known for his extraordinary range. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Thursday that actor Al Pacino, rock band the Eagles, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter James Taylor will be honored for influencing American culture through the arts. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 1,370 words, AP Photos WX501, W(backslash)X502, WX505, WX503, WX504. Please note N.C. angle.

SUPREME COURT-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

WASHINGTON — In a narrow victory for affirmative action, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a University of Texas program that takes account of race in deciding whom to admit, an important national decision that was cemented by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The justices’ 4-3 decision in favor of the Texas program ends an 8-year-old lawsuit that included a previous trip to the Supreme Court, filed by a white Texan who was denied admission to the university. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 870 words, AP Photo DCEV105, Please note N.C. interest.

IN BRIEF:

— DEPUTY-FATAL SHOOTING, from LILLINGTON — The Harnett County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man on the front porch of his home last year has announced his resignation. SENT; 120 words.

— XGR–STATE BUDGET, from RALEIGH — The top House and Senate leaders say they’ve made progress on fashioning final North Carolina budget adjustments for next year and sound optimistic a compromise will be voted on sometime next week. SENT: 130 words.

— XGR–ENVIRONMENT, from RALEIGH — Several North Carolina environmental law changes have cleared the state Senate. SENT: 130 words.

— TRAIN FATAL, from BURLINGTON — A man has been struck and killed by a freight train in Burlington. SENT: 70 words.

SPORTS:

BKN–KINGS-HORNETS TRADE

CHARLOTTE — A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have acquired shooting guard Marco Belinelli from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the 22nd pick in the NBA draft. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the trade won’t become official until after the NBA’s new salary cap season begins on July 7. That means Charlotte will pick for Sacramento at No. 22. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 500 words.

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