BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Emery Dalesio.

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RALEIGH — A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a North Carolina law that required voters to produce photo identification and follow other rules disproportionately affecting minorities, finding that the law was intended to make it harder for blacks to vote in the presidential battleground state. The Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the measures violated the Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act by targeting black voters “with almost surgical precision.” It marks the third ruling in less than two weeks against voter ID laws after court decisions regarding Texas and Wisconsin. By Jonathan Drew And Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 900 words, photos.


GREENSBORO — Nearly 40 years after the crime, a fugitive wanted on a murder charge has been arrested for his part in what authorities say was a 1977 plot to assassinate a local official in Florida. He is appeared in court on Friday. SENT: 510 words.


RALEIGH — At the dedication of a memorial Friday honoring the first black U.S. Marines, John Spencer imagined his mind would recall what it was like to become a Montford Point Marine. “I’ll think about the trials and tribulations we went through to prove that we were good Americans and that we loved our country and were willing to fight for it,” said the 88-year-old Spencer, who served 20 years in the Marines and 10 years in the reserves. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 550 words. AP Photos MHX202, MHX201.


ASHEVILLE — Police in North Carolina have begun delivering citations to activists who last week protested the shooting death of a black man by an Asheville officer, a move that one city council member says “raises the specter of a police state.” The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/2a9bPNX) more than 20 people have been cited for a July 21 march and sit-in at the police department about the shooting death of 35-year-old Jai Williams, who died July 2. The most common charge is impeding the flow of traffic, police department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said. SENT: 380 words.


— CAPE HATTERAS FISHING, from BUXTON — A popular surf-fishing spot near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open to fishing and four-wheel drive vehicles earlier than usual this summer. SENT: 130 words.

— SIT-IN MUSEUM-DEBT, from GREENSBORO — Officials with the museum that honors the 1960 sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro say they won’t meet next week with city council members next week to help determine how much the museum owes taxpayers. SENT: 130 words.

— MAN SHOT-NORTH CAROLINA, from ARCHDALE — An investigation has cleared four North Carolina police officers involved in the 2015 fatal shooting of a man. SENT: 120 words.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Cam Newton’s stellar 2015 season helped him become the first Carolina Panthers player to earn NFL MVP honors. Coach Ron Rivera thinks the quarterback’s encore season could be even better. By Steve Reed. SENT: 640 words, photos.


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