BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — Officials in North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration are telling a string of misleading half-truths about the safety of well water containing a cancer-causing chemical near Duke Energy coal ash pits, a veteran state toxicologist said Wednesday, and he charged that they are the ones responsible for any resulting fear and confusion. Toxicologist Ken Rudo’s comments in a statement issued through his attorney came a day after high-ranking state environmental and health officials blamed Rudo for sowing fear about dangerous chemicals near Duke Energy sites with “questionable and inconsistent scientific conclusions.” By Emery P. Dalesio and Michael Biesecker. SENT: 770 words.


ABINGDON, Va. — In the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s long been an article of faith: The rules of political gravity don’t apply to Donald Trump. Maybe now they do. After winning state after state while bouncing between controversies in the GOP primaries, Trump is still stumbling on the stump. His latest unforced mishap: an off-hand remark that critics quickly slammed as a suggestion that gun-rights backers should take a literal shot at Hillary Clinton should she win the White House. By Jill Colvin, Steve Peoples and Josh Lederman. SENT: 960 words, AP Photos FLAH108, VAEV127, IAAH132, NYR101.




UNDATED — Jim Herriott says he doesn’t know if Donald Trump meant to incite violence against rival Hillary Clinton when he remarked that maybe there was something gun-rights supporters could do to stop Clinton. He hopes not. Herriott, an unaffiliated voter in Raleigh, North Carolina, was one of numerous citizens across the country asked Wednesday what they thought Trump was saying at a campaign rally the day before. SENT: 790 words.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The organizers of the eastern Tennessee fair where three girls fell from a Ferris wheel kept their ride operator despite an incident across the state line that injured five and caused the owners’ son to be jailed. Private inspectors believe a mechanical failure likely caused the gondola to flip over Monday, sending three girls plummeting 30 to 45 feet to the ground. By Erik Schelzig and Claire Galofaro. SENT: 950 words, AP Photos TNGRE104, TNGRE102, TNGRE101, TNGRE107. Please note N.C. angle.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned a Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. The decision comes as part of a dispute between the FCC and two states, Tennessee and North Carolina, about expanding superfast internet service in their respective cities of Chattanooga and Wilson to surrounding areas. SENT: 560 words.


— MILITARY-RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, from WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s highest court is upholding the bad-conduct discharge of a Marine who argued that the disciplinary action violated her religious beliefs. SENT: 130 words.

— CHARLOTTE ROBBERY-SHOOTING, from CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina say two people were shot during a robbery and a suspect was later shot by officers after a two-county chase that ended when the suspects crashed their getaway vehicle into a utility pole. SENT: 120 words.

— AMOEBA-RELATED DEATH, from CHARLOTTE — The whitewater channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina have reopened six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba. SENT: 110 words.

— MURDER FUGITIVE-ARREST, from OCALA, Fla. — The suspect in a deadly shooting who was captured in North Carolina after evading authorities for decades is now in a north Florida jail. SENT: 130 words.

— GAS STATION SHOOTING, from NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police say a North Carolina woman has died after she was shot over the weekend at a gas station in North Little Rock. SENT: 90 words.



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Nick Folk has patiently waited over nine months to kick in an NFL game again. Fully healed from a quadriceps injury that cut short his season, and facing yet another challenge for his job, the veteran kicker is eager to walk onto the field at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night when the New York Jets take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the teams’ preseason opener. By Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos NY160, NY161. Please note N.C. interest.


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