Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at email@example.com. Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.
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GAY MARRIAGE-NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH — Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina’s magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn scheduled a hearing for Monday in Asheville in part to consider a motion by the state to dismiss their lawsuit altogether. Separately, Republican legislative leaders and some magistrates also want to be added as defendants as the case, saying they don’t trust Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to defend the state law. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 620 words. UPCOMING: 500 words from 9:30 a.m. hearing.
CHANCE AT FREEDOM
WILMINGTON — A judge in Wilmington will consider a request by a 43-year-old man who was arrested in 1968 and later convicted of killing a woman in her shop. Lawyers for Johnny Small begin making their case for his innocence at the hearing that starts Monday morning. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 500 words from 10 a.m. hearing.
FROM AP MEMBERS:
— WORKER KILLED-CHARLOTTE, from CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte man was been killed when he was struck by a vehicle in a freight yard. SENT: 130 words.
— AMPUTEE ASSAULT, from STANLEY — A North Carolina woman and her ex-husband have been charged in the near-fatal beating of an amputee whose prosthetic leg was stolen. SENT: 130 words.
— CHURCH-GOER STRUCK BY VAN, from WINSTON-SALEM — Police say a driver is facing charges after he hit a man who was waiting for his church bus in Winston-Salem. SENT: 130 words.
— FATAL SHOOTING-RALEIGH, from RALEIGH — A suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man outside a home in Raleigh. SENT: 130 words.
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