BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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DURHAM — Lawyers for a man who has spent 21 years in prison for a double murder are trying to show a judge that he didn’t commit the crimes. Attorneys for Darryl Howard say he was wrongly convicted by insufficient DNA evidence and misconduct by police and prosecutors, including ex-district attorney Mike Nifong, who was disbarred for his handling of the Duke University lacrosse case. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.


DURHAM — A teenager who spent months in federal custody under threat of deportation is scheduled to speak in Durham about his experience behind bars and his plans for the future. Wildin Acosta plans to hold a news conference Monday evening, the first time he’s spoken publicly since he was released earlier this month from a detention center in rural Georgia. The 19-year-old Acosta was a senior at Riverside High in Durham and on his way to school when federal immigration agents arrested him in January. His deportation was temporarily halted in March. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words from 5:45 p.m. news conference.


RALEIGH — Business owners, beachgoers, and fishing captains on North Carolina’s Outer Banks were warily watching tropical weather Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer. The first weather system was expected to become a tropical storm before brushing the North Carolina coast Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and high winds to barrier islands popular for serene beaches. Another tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico could hit northern Florida as a tropical storm later in the week and then move up the Atlantic coast toward North Carolina, though its exact path is hard to predict days in advance. By Ben Finley and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 650 words, AP Photo NY4C.

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— POLICE OFFICER-SHOTS FIRED, from RALEIGH — Authorities say a police officer who responded with other officers to a report of shots being fired in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been taken to a hospital with one other person. SENT: 110 words. May be updated.

— FACEBOOK CONFESSION, from FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville man wanted on a murder charge in the shooting death of his daughter’s grandfather has apparently confessed to the slaying on Facebook while on the run from police. SENT: 100 words.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-FAYETTEVILLE, from FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville police are investigating after two people were shot and killed over the weekend outside an apartment complex in the city. SENT: 50 words.

— PLANT EVACUATION, from TAR HEEL — Authorities in North Carolina say seven workers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution after cleaning chemicals interacted at a meat packing plant in the community of Tar Heel south of Fayetteville. SENT: 100 words.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-ONSLOW COUNTY, from JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say autopsies will be conducted to determine the cause of death of two people found in an Onslow County home after a weekend fire. SENT: 80 words.

— NAACP-VOTER REGISTRATION, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is concluding its series of actions commemorating the 1963 March on Washington with an event to mark the start of a voter drive. SENT: 130 words.

— ALL-GIRL CHARTER SCHOOL, from WILMINGTON — North Carolina’s first charter school educating only children of a single gender is opening its doors. SENT: 130 words.

— QUARRY DROWNING, from SALISBURY — Officials have recovered the body of a 16-year-old boy who they say drowned in a Rowan County quarry. SENT: 130 words.

— BURGLARY SUSPECT-CEILING, from BURLINGTON — Authorities say they caught a suspected burglar hiding inside the ceiling of a Burlington convenience store. SENT: 130 words.

— CONGRESS-REDISTRICTING, from RALEIGH — Some former judges and justices working for months creating a map of North Carolina’s congressional districts they say leaves politics on the table are ready to release their results. SENT: 130 words.



CHARLOTTE — The Panthers were No. 1 in the league in scoring last year, but even Cam Newton admitted the team’s poor performance on Friday against New England was “eye opening” and shows the team must get better before their season opener against Denver. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words by 5 p.m.


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