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WILMINGTON — A man convicted of murder as a teenager and imprisoned 28 years ago is now able to relax on his cousin’s living room sofa, now that a North Carolina judge has ruled he did not get a fair trial. Johnny Small, 43, said he looked forward to a hot bath and getting used to an amped-up world full of cellphones he never knew now that he’s left prison after nearly three decades. After prison cots, he said Thursday he preferred the sofa in a big, open room to a private bedroom. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 860 words, AP Photos NCWSN101, NCWSN102, NCWSN101, NCWSN102, NCWSN103.


RALEIGH — An investigation by federal prosecutors who sought information about contractor work agreements at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and records about agency employees has ended. Top lawyers within the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh wrote letters this week to private lawyers representing DHHS related to the issuance of grand jury subpoenas in August 2015 that sought documents from the department. Documents demanded included correspondence between contractors and former department Secretary Aldona Wos. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.


CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina man accused of trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State group says he had been paid by the FBI since 2009 to help identify potential terrorists. In a statement his mother delivered to The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2b42fyx ), Erick Jamal Hendricks said his code name was “Ahkie,” a variation of the Muslim term for “brother.” SENT: 300 words.


RALEIGH — A federal judge has granted the NCAA’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two former North Carolina athletes seeking to hold college sports’ governing body at least partly responsible for the school’s long-running academic fraud scandal. In a ruling signed Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta C. Biggs stated attorneys for former women’s basketball player Rashanda McCants and ex-football player Devon Ramsay hadn’t proven that the NCAA had a legal obligation to ensure the soundness of classes offered at UNC and elsewhere. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 380 words.


OLDMANS TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The New Jersey Turnpike is reuniting a New York boy with the teddy bear that he lost on a road trip to North Carolina. The 12-year-old’s mother, Julissa Viana, of New City, New York, tweeted that the bear was missing when the family reached the Outer Banks on Aug. 6. She said the family had stopped at one of the turnpike’s service areas and the bear likely fell out. SENT: 220 words. Please note N.C. interest.


MOYOCK — Marlin Stoltz put on a hard hat and bright yellow vest before walking out into the 4-acre work area of the Moyock Casting Facility, a new operation in the business of spent nuclear fuel storage. A line of concrete cases, each 21 feet long and weighing 100 tons, rested along a rail spur, ready for shipment. Several men stood atop a steel form where hydraulic power vibrated and settled four truckloads of concrete for the next case. By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. SENT: 640 words.


— GOVERNOR 2016-DEBATE, from RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper have agreed to their second public debate. SENT: 110 words.

— WIND ENERGY-CAROLINAS, from KITTY HAWK — The Obama Administration is inviting companies to bid for the right to build wind energy turbines off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. SENT: 130 words.

— TOBACCO WORM MURAL, from WENDELL — It’s unlikely that tobacco farmers in North Carolina would celebrate a crop-destroying pest, yet a Chapel Hill artist plans to pay artistic tribute to it. SENT: 130 words.

— GREENSBORO SHOOTING DEATH, from GREENSBORO — Police in Greensboro are investigating the second shooting death of a man this week. SENT: 130 words.

— JAYWALKING CHARLOTTE, from CHARLOTTE — Police in Charlotte hope they’ve made a point with pedestrians who violate crosswalk laws. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2b9GJK5) that officers handed out 100 warning tickets in just 90 minutes at a single intersection Thursday morning. SENT: 190 words.

— STABBING DEATH, from CHARLOTTE — Police say a man suspected of trying to break into a Charlotte apartment has been stabbed to death. SENT: 130 words.

— SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN, from MOREHEAD CITY — Authorities are searching for a missing Carteret County man who they consider to be in danger. SENT: 130 words.

— FAYETTEVILLE CYCLE SHOOTING, from FAYETTEVILLE — A suspect has been arrested in the death of a woman shot while walking along a Fayetteville street. SENT: 130 words.



CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora spent the past two seasons saying it was time for his Tar Heels to compete for an Atlantic Coast Conference division title. Now that his Tar Heels have won one, the next step is winning an ACC championship and topping a season in which his team matched a program record for wins. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos NCGB316, NCGB315, NCGB311, NCGB310.


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