BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — A white man who apparently called police to complain about “hoodlums” near his house was charged with murder after he shot and killed a black man outside, authorities said. The shooting happened early Sunday morning when 39-year-old Chad Cameron Copley fired a shotgun from inside his garage and hit the victim, according to a Raleigh Police Department news release. He was arrested hours later, and jail records show the suspect was being held on a murder charge. By Jonathan Drew and Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 630 words.


RALEIGH — A federal judge seems inclined to let a legal challenge continue over North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but only if those suing can prove they have the right to file the legal action. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn didn’t rule immediately after Monday’s hearing in Asheville, but seemed concerned about two issues. On one hand, he said no one had directly proven they had been harmed by the law. But he also noted that court administrators apparently allow magistrates to keep their objections secret, so gay couples who appear before them on other matters wouldn’t know about those objections. By Jeffrey Collins and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 680 words, AP Photos SCJC101, SCJC102.


WILMINGTON — A man convicted of committing murder when he was 15 said Monday that he could only imagine the pain the victim’s family experienced, but he was unequivocal in stating his innocence: “I swear on my life I didn’t do it.” Johnny Small’s comments came at a hearing Monday that could lead to his release. A Superior Court judge will consider whether Small should have been convicted now that a childhood buddy, David Bollinger, recanted testimony accusing Small of killing Pam Dreher in 1988. An autopsy report indicated Dreher was shot in the head at point-blank range while she was lying down. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 810 words, AP Photos NCAB203, NCAB202, NCAB201, NCAB200.




GREENSBORO — A Republican-led panel considered but ultimately shelved an early-voting plan Monday that could have made casting ballots more difficult for college students and black residents in North Carolina’s third most populous county, despite federal court orders to undo what’s been ruled a discriminatory ballot access law. A raucous crowd of 300 people packed the Guilford County Board of Elections meeting, determined to be heard in opposition to the Republican chairwoman’s proposal, which would have cut a dozen early voting sites while complying with the letter of the appellate ruling. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 650 words.


— MICHAEL JORDAN-MUSEUM GIFT, from WASHINGTON — Michael Jordan has pledged $5 million to the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum on the National Mall. SENT: 120 words.

— WOMAN’S DEATH-NEPHEW CHARGED — Authorities in Lenoir County have charged a man in connection with the death of his aunt.

— DHHS AUDIT, from RALEIGH — A state audit has found examples of no-bid contracts for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services that lacked the proper review, documentation or negotiations. SENT: 120 words.

— NCCU CHANCELLOR-LEAVE, from CHAPEL HILL — The UNC system has announced that N.C. Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White is taking a medical leave of absence to focus on her cancer treatment. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOT DISTRAUGHT MAN, from GREENSBORO — A North Carolina man who was upset after learning of a relative’s death was shot and wounded by officers after he pointed a gun at them. SENT: 120 words.



DURHAM — Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk has made it back for the start of preseason camp nearly six months after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon during an offseason conditioning workout. Sirk will take part in the Blue Devils’ first practice on Monday night, Coach David Cutcliffe said, but it will be in a limited role. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 410 words, AP Photos NCGB104, NCGB102, NCGB103, NCGB101, NCGB105.


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