BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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CHARLOTTE — A driver shot and killed by a North Carolina trooper following a brief pursuit was hearing and speech impaired, a police report says. The report by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police provides no other details on the impairment of the 29-year-old driver, identified by the State Bureau of Investigation as Daniel Kevin Harris. SENT: 220 words.


WASHINGTON — Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress. Employers have added jobs in the past 12 months at a faster pace than the national average in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina, the Labor Department said Friday. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 500 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s first campaign ad begins with a warning: “In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans.” The commercial, which aired Friday as part of his $5 million swing state ad buy, harkens back to a claim Trump has been hammering for weeks — that the general election is rigged against him. The questionable claim looks to mobilize Republicans, with the all-important start of early voting in some states just weeks away. By Hope Yen. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.


BATON ROUGE, La. — Offering consolation, expressing regret, cutting ties with a controversial aide. Donald Trump’s campaign turnaround plan on Friday featured the unorthodox candidate acting much like a conventional politician struggling to revive a presidential bid on the ropes. Trump headed to flood-damaged Louisiana to express solidarity with residents cleaning up after devastating flooding that left at least 13 people dead. The trip that made for a pointed contrast to President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who both have yet to go, although Obama announced late Friday that he, too, would visit next week. By Melinda Deslatte And Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


PITTSBURGH — The brother of Pennsylvania twins whom child welfare workers have been unable to locate for at least 10 years has been charged with lying to police by pretending to be one of them. Datwon Fowler, 18, remained jailed Friday on accusations he sent Penn Hills police a phony Facebook message on behalf of his brother, Ivon, and then a text message on Thursday, claiming to be Ivon. The text said he and his sister were safe and sound in Atlanta. By Joe Mandak. SWNT: 580 words.


— SENATE 2016-NORTH CAROLIA, from DURHAM — The Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina says he suffered a heart attack, but is expected to be mostly back to normal soon. SENT: 130 words.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-NC, from RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate for July was 4.7 percent, slightly lower than the month before and a percentage point less than the same month a year earlier. SENT: 130 words.

— CARY RABIES, from CARY: Cary animal control officials have confirmed the town’s first case of rabies this year after a fox attacked a jogger and two dogs. SENT: 130 words.

— QUADRUPLE SLAYING, from GREENVILLE: Police say a North Carolina man accused of killing his two young daughters, their sister and their mother likely beat the victims to death with a hammer. SENT: 130 words.

— LAKE NORMAN FIREFIGHTER DEATH, from MOOREVILLE: An autopsy shows a firefighter died from a gas embolism while trying to recover the body of a missing swimmer in Lake Norman. SENT: 130 words.



NEW ORLEANS — The NBA has chosen to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event away from North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league announced Friday that New Orleans would replace Charlotte, which had been set to host the game until the NBA decided last month to move it elsewhere. By Brett Martel. SENT: 680 words, photos.


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