BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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WASHINGTON — A congressional review panel says there is “substantial reason to believe” that North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows may have broken House rules when he continued to pay an employee accused of sexual harassment for months after he was fired. The probe into the Republican congressman involves allegations that Meadows approved severance payments to his former chief of staff — whom several female members of Meadows’ staff said made them feel uncomfortable — in violation of the rules. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s reported weak sales growth at existing stores, its second-quarter profit was short of most expectations and the company cuts its profit expectations for the year, sending shares down sharply before the opening bell Wednesday. SENT: 340 words.


NEW YORK — GreenPal CEO Bryan Clayton came to realize he had to scrap his company’s $90,000 website. The business aims to link homeowners with lawn care companies, but its software wasn’t equipped to easily handle requests from mobile users, and 85 percent of visitors using those devices left without a transaction. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 800 words, AP Photo NJME304. Please note N.C. angle.


— QUADRUPLE SLAYING, from GREENVILLE — A man accused of killing a North Carolina mother and her three children is being held on a murder charge after fleeing to Virginia. SENT: 110 words.

— TROPICAL WEATHER, from MIAMI — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression moving over the central Atlantic is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm. SENT: 70 words.

— CATHOLIC SCHOOL-HOUSE PARENT-ABUSE, from EBENSBURG, Pa. — A former house parent at a Pennsylvania Catholic school has been jailed on charges he sexually assaulted two Chinese international students he supervised. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING, from CHARLOTTE — Prosecutors’ decision not to retry a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man still casts a shadow over the North Carolina governor’s race. SENT: 130 words.

— SOLAR FARM REJECTED, from CARTHAGE — The Moore County commissioners have rejected an application to build a 28-acre solar farm, the first time they have done so in a county with nine other solar farms. SENT: 120 words.

— CHURCH STABBING SENTENCE, from ASHEVILLE — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for stabbing a companion to death inside a church on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. SENT: 110 words.

— GASTONIA HOMICIDE, from GASTONIA — Police say the death of a Gastonia man who was found assaulted just inside his front door is being investigated as a homicide. SENT: 70 words.

— FUGITIVE-CHILD RAPE, from BOSTON — A former Boston man who was on the lam for more than two decades after he was indicted in Massachusetts on child rape charges has been held on $1 million bail. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle. Please note N.C. angle.

— SPECIES MAPPER, from GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is using supercomputers to predict where different plants and animals can be found in the park. SENT: 130 words.



GREENSBORO — There’s still plenty at stake at the Wyndham Championship this year — even if some of last year’s biggest names aren’t playing. There’s no Tiger Woods and no defending champ Davis Love III. The field is once again full of bubble players trying to play their way into golf’s postseason. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


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