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GREENSBORO — Anne Holton first stepped into the spotlight in 1970 as a white student enrolling in a predominantly black middle school in Virginia’s capital as part of a push for school integration by her father, the state’s governor at the time. Decades later she’s stepping onto an even bigger stage as she works to get Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Holton’s husband, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, elected to the White House. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 790 words, AP Photos FLMW104, FLMW105, FLMW111, WX113, WX112.


CONCORD, N.H. — A nonprofit group with New Hampshire roots is putting a new spin on back-to-school shopping by helping equip 10 classrooms for refugee children in Iraq. TentED was created in 2014 by three U.S. Army veterans, two of whom met as student at the University of New Hampshire. Rather than starting from scratch, the group works with existing educational aid programs to raise money and deliver what it calls “last mile” essentials, such as school supplies, bus transportation and recreational activities. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 470 words. Please note N.C. angle.


CHARLOTTE — State and local elected officials have expressed concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2bH8325) State Sen. Joel Ford said he was “stunned” the center resumed rafting on Aug. 10. Ford, whose district includes the facility, also said state lawmakers had expected to reconvene in Raleigh this winter and consider requirements. Ford also told the newspaper that lawmakers believed the water channels would remain closed until next year and thus didn’t act immediately. SENT: 450 words.


BILTMORE FOREST — A Buncombe County couple is going to court to get permission to keep the 12 cats they refer to as their “tribe” in their refurbished home. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2btgiek) Debra and Harry Stonecipher haven’t moved into the 6,700 square foot house they recently renovated, and won’t until Baby, Dante, Duchess and the nine other indoor cats can come with them. SENT: 320 words.


SALISBURY — On Aug. 19, no doubt against hospital protocol, somebody pulled some strings and allowed Don and Margaret Livengood to share a room together in Intensive Care. Both were suffering. With his pulmonary fibrosis and bilateral pneumonia, Don could hardly breathe and was receiving 70 liters of oxygen. The cancer Margaret had been diagnosed with in May, along with several other serious health issues, were making things difficult for her. By Mark Wineka, Salisbury Post. SENT: 1,460 words.


— I-40-PEDESTRIAN DEATH, from GARNER — The N.C. Highway Patrol says a Cumberland County man is dead after he was hit by a car while trying to cross Interstate 40 near Garner in Wake County. SENT: 80 words.

— FURMAN-SOLAR FARM, from GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman University has announced plans to build a large solar farm on six acres near its main campus entrance, edging the campus closer to becoming a carbon-neutral university. SENT: 130 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— FATAL WRECK-CHARGES, from CHESTER, S.C. — The S.C. Highway Patrol says a North Carolina woman is in jail on a charge stemming from a fatal wreck in Chester County one week ago. SENT: 120 words.

— MISSING TEACHER-BODY FOUND, from KERNERSVILLE — Sheriff’s deputies in Forsyth County say the family members of a man who had disappeared days before he was to begin his first year as a teacher found his body in a lake. SENT: 120 words.



WINSTON-SALEM — Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta won his first ATP World Tour title Saturday, beating countryman Roberto Bautista Agut in 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the Winston-Salem Open. Busta, ranked 49th in the world, overcame dropping a first-set tiebreaker to upset the 17th-ranked Agut for his first tour title in three final-round appearances, all coming this year. By Bill Kiser. SENT: 450 words.


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