BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — Accountability, communication and trust between police and citizens are the ingredients to reduce the chances for police shootings that escalate into community violence, North Carolina law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting about police training practices, two police chiefs, a sheriff and a training program director described challenges and successes around building healthy relationships with those they are called to protect. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 500 words.


UNDATED — Aetna will abandon Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges next year in more than two-thirds of the counties where it now sells the coverage, the latest in a string of defections by big insurers that will limit customer choice in many markets. Dwindling insurer participation is becoming a concern, especially for rural markets, in part because competition is supposed to help control insurance price hikes, and many carriers have already announced plans to seek increases of around 10 percent or more for 2017. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 740 words, AP Photo NY108.


— HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-NORTH CAROLINA, from RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers buying broadly subsidized health insurance policies on the online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act will have fewer options after a major insurer pulls out. SENT: 130 words.


PORTLAND, Maine — Environmental regulators studying the harvesting of horseshoe crabs that are drained of some of their blood for biomedical use say they need to get a firmer handle on how many die as part of the process. The crabs, which have been on earth for hundreds of millions of years and are older than dinosaurs, are harvested because their blood contains coagulogen, a chemical used to make sure medical products aren’t contaminated by bacteria. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate authority, voted this month to propose taking into account the death toll associated with medical harvesting when determining the number of horseshoe crabs that can be harvested from the Delaware Bay. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 510 words. Please note N.C. interest.


— WALMART SHOOTING, from LENOIR — Police in Lenoir say one man was shot and killed and two people are in custody after a shooting at a Walmart. SENT: 120 words.

— MISSING GIRL-NORTH CAROLINA, from GASTONIA — Gaston County police say they have found the remains thought to be those of a missing 3-year-old girl, and that the boyfriend of the girl’s mother is charged in her death. SENT: 130 words.

— SECURITIES SETTLEMENT-MISSISSIPPI, from JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi secretary of state says investment firm Morgan Stanley will pay up to $4.2 million to partially reimburse customers who suffered “inordinate losses” because a portfolio manager allegedly used high-risk investments for people who hadn’t agreed to them. SENT: 130 words.

— THEATER-FUN HOME-TOUR, from NEW YORK — A national tour of the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Fun Home” will be led by some theater veterans and one who is also a former beauty queen. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 150 words, AP Photo NYET117. Please note N.C. angle.

— HUMAN TRAFFICKING-INDICTMENT, from BALTIMORE — Three people have been indicted in a human trafficking case in Maryland. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— COTAP-WRONG ANSWER, from RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court says a police officer can go to court to fight his blocked advancement after pointing out that the promotion test was marred by wrong answers. SENT: 120 words.

— MECKLENBURG VOTING, from CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections has voted to cut down the number of hours and locations for early voting this year. SENT: 120 words.

— SANFORD HOMICIDE, from SANFORD: One man is dead and a second faces a murder charge following a shooting outside of Sanford in Lee County. SENT: 130 words.

— WILMINGTON HOMICIDE, from WILMINGTON: Wilmington Police are investigating after a Harnett County woman was found dead in a hotel in the city. SENT: 130 words.

— APARTMENT FIRE DEATH-NORTH CAROLINA, from CHARLOTTE: An autopsy report shows a 27-year-old bride-to-be was strangled inside her Charlotte, North Carolina, apartment this summer before it was set on fire. SENT: 130 words.

— SIT-IN MUSEUM-DEBT, from GREENSBORO: The Greensboro City Council will discuss again whether it should write off the nearly $800,000 that the city says a museum owes from a “forgivable loan.” SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ROOMMATE, from SANFORD: Deputies say a Sanford man has been accused of fatally shooting his roommate during a fight. SENT: 130 words.

— BURNED BODY-CHARGES, from NEWTON: A Catawba man has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of 22-year-old woman whose remains were found inside a burning vehicle four years ago. SENT: 130 words.

— BOY DROWNS-BEACH, from NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH: Officials say a 5-year-old child drowned at North Topsail Beach over the weekend and his father has been hospitalized. SENT: 130 words.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says he’ll miss having All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman roaming the secondary this season. But McDermott also has growing faith that the NFC champions will be just fine with three rookie cornerbacks that teammates have dubbed the “Three Amigos.” By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 610 words, AP Photo NY180.


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