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RALEIGH — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far. The 2017 event’s departure from Charlotte deprives the state of an estimated $100 million economic impact and comes after the law prompted PayPal and Deutsche Bank to cancel plans add hundreds of jobs. The law known best for its restrictions on transgender bathroom access looms large in an election season that includes one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races. By Jonathan Drew and Anna Gronewold. SENT: 820 words.


LINVILLE, N.C.— Randy Johnson can hardly take a step along the ridges, broad flanks and deep woods of Grandfather Mountain without stepping through his mountain-sized memory lane. He kicks at stones he remembers setting into the Cragway Trail decades ago, pokes with his walking stick at areas on the trail he says have “gotten rough” and stops to point out his first camping spot or the place he got caught in a winter squall. By Karen Chavez. The Asheville Citizen-Times. SENT: 2010 words. An AP Member Exchange.


— POLICE SHOOTING-TRAFFIC STOP, from WENTWORTH — A North Carolina prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two sheriff’s deputies in the death of a man killed in front of his family. Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer said at a Friday news conference the white county deputies have been cleared after his review of a state investigation of the May 29 shooting. SENT: 130 words.

— HEADMASTER EMBEZZLEMENT ELMENT, from CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say a former headmaster at a private school in suburban Charlotte is charged with wire fraud stemming from the embezzlement of nearly $9 million. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Jill Westmoreland Rose tells local media outlets that 59-year-old Wayne Parker Jr., the former headmaster of Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville, is charged. SENT: 130 words.

— OUTER BANKS RIP CURRENTS, from HATTERAS — Authorities say two swimmers have died in as many days in rip currents at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Outer Banks parks superintendent David Hallac says a 71-year-old man died when he was caught in a rip current off the community of Frisco on Friday afternoon. SENT: 120 words.

— BICYCLE CHARITY, from FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville charity that donates hundreds of bicycles to needy children each Christmas is looking for help. SENT: 130 words.

— FORT DOBBS TRAINING, from STATESVILLE — Living history interpreters will recreate an 18th century militia muster during a free event at the Fort Dobbs Historic Site in Statesville this weekend. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE-POKEMON GO, from FARMVILLE — The Farmville Police Department is hosting an event to make sure “Pokemon Go” players stay safe. The department is hosting an event called “Po-Po Pokémon Go.” It’s scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Town Common and baseball fields. SENT: 80 words.

— INTERSTATE SIGN REPLACEMENT, from RALEIGH — Signs of change are about to take place on a stretch of Interstate 85/40. Contractors with the N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing alternating shoulders along a 25-mile stretch of the road from the Guilford-Alamance county line to the split in Orange County over the next month to remove aging ground-mounted signs and replace them. SENT: 110 words.


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