BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Martha Waggoner.

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DURHAM — The prosecutor disbarred over the Duke lacrosse case, detectives who withheld evidence and DNA evidence pointing to a potential killer are expected at a hearing that could free a man from prison after 21 years. A Durham judge who two years ago threw out Darryl Howard’s 1995 double-murder conviction on Monday starts hearing evidence that could back up his earlier decision that the hidden details could have exonerated Howard. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 560 words.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois law that locks in tuition rates for in-state students appears to have the unintended effect of driving up tuition for out-of-state students and fees for all, according to a pair of studies from University of Illinois researchers. The law, which took effect in 2004, guarantees a freshman at a state university will pay the same tuition rate for four years. Only three other states — Oklahoma, Texas and, as of this summer, North Carolina — have similar laws. By David Mercer. SENT: 720 words.


MIAMIA — Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic west of Bermuda, bringing the possibility of heavy rain to the coast of North Carolina early this week. SENT: 190 words.


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HICKORY — For Sami Alkoutami and his family, Syria is more than a name on a map or a headline on the evening news. It’s the ancestral home of Alkoutami, a 2012 St. Stephens High graduate. His father, Dr. Ghassan Alkoutami, moved to the United States in the 1980s to finish his medical training. While his family made a home for themselves in Hickory, they never forgot their cultural roots. His father is from Damascus and his mother is from Homs. They visited Syria every year until 2011 and the Arab Spring and the start of a civil war in the country. By John Bailey, The Hickory Daily Record. SENT: 1,230 words. Also moved in advance as an AP Member Exchange


— POLICE-CHARLOTTE SHOOTING, from CHARLOTTE — Authorities say man shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer will face several charges once he’s released from a hospital. SENT: 130 words.

— FUGITIVE-ABDUCTION ARREST, from FAYETTEVILLE — North Carolina authorities say a Missouri man wanted on charges of kidnapping his son three years ago has been arrested. SENT: 130 words.


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