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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has received the endorsement of the state’s largest law enforcement lobbying group. McCrory made a rare public campaign appearance Thursday in Raleigh to accept the backing of the 10,000-member North Carolina Police Benevolent Association. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
RALEIGH — A North Carolina man awarded $3.25 million in a settlement for the 24 years he spent in prison for a rape he didn’t commit likely will continue to live simply, as he has done since he was paroled in 2012, his attorney said Thursday. Willie Grimes is “a man of faith, and he lives simply, and I think he will continue to live simply,” attorney Burton Craige said. By Martha Waggoner. UPCOMING: 400 words.
— UVM GAME CANCELED-LGBT LAW, from BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont has canceled its women’s basketball team’s upcoming game in North Carolina over a state law that governs transgender bathroom access. SENT: 130 words.
— TERROR ACCUSATIONS-NORTH CAROLINA, from ASHEVILLE — A North Carolina man charged with plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack has pleaded not guilty. SENT: 100 words.
— TROPICAL WEATHER, from MIAMI — Hurricane Gaston has weakened to a tropical storm in the Atlantic. SENT: 130 words.
— WOMEN SHOT-CHARLOTTE, from CHARLOTTE — A second suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of one of two women shot earlier this week in Charlotte. SENT: 100 words.
— JACKSONVILLE HOMICIDE, from JACKSONVILLE — A man has been charged with murder in a fatal shooting in Onslow County. SENT: 60 words.
— SHOOTING DEATH ARREST, from WINSTON-SALEM — Police in Winston-Salem say they have made an arrest in the shooting death of a man earlier this year. SENT: 130 words.
— FATAL HIT AND RUN ARREST, from FAYETTEVILLE — Police in Fayetteville have upgraded the charges against a man charged with a fatal hit and run earlier this month. SENT: 130 words.
— KIDS ALONE AT BUS STOP, from RALEIGH — A North Carolina woman has been arrested after police say she left her young children home alone for hours and never picked up her kindergarten student at a school bus stop. SENT: 130 words.
— EXONERATION-SETTLEMENT, from HICKORY — A North Carolina man who served 24 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit has been awarded $3.25 million in a settlement with the city of Hickory. SENT: 130 words.
— DORM ROOM ROBBERY, from DURHAM — Officials say two armed robbery suspects held up two students inside a North Carolina Central University dorm room. SENT: 130 words.
— TROPICAL WEATHER, from MIAMI — Hurricane Gaston is expected to weaken to a tropical storm in the Atlantic. SENT: 130 words.
CHARLOTTE — League MVP Cam Newton will see his most extensive playing time against New England, while Tom Brady may have to take a backseat to Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots-Panthers game is one of five on the slate for Friday night in the NFL. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 800 words, AP photos by 4 p.m.
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