BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday he wouldn’t seek to raise income tax rates if elected governor, saying his public education agenda can be met — including raising teacher pay to at least the national average — without doing so. Cooper’s education plan also includes tuition-free community college, more money for pre-kindergarten programs and increasing per-pupil K-12 spending. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 600 words.


RALEIGH — A conservative limited-government group is actively campaigning against Democratic nominee Deborah Ross in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. Americans for Prosperity North Carolina announced Tuesday that it would send out more than 500,000 mailers and emphasize its opposition to Ross in its field activities. Ross is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr in November. SENT: 280 words.


TAMPA, Fla. — Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of insulting America’s veterans and pressing dangerous military plans around the globe on Tuesday, seeking to undercut his appeal to service families in Southern voting battlegrounds. Trump declared “our country is going to hell” because of policies she would make even worse. Clinton, addressing supporters in Florida, warned that Trump would lead the nation back to war in the Middle East. And to military vets and their families, she pointed anew to his summertime dust-up with the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier. By Ken Thomas And Steve Peoples. SENT: 840 words, AP Photos FLAH111, VAEV110, NCCB107, NYAH105, VAEV114.


WILMINGTON — In a rare policy address by a vice presidential nominee, Democrat Tim Kaine showcased his own foreign policy expertise Tuesday and painted Donald Trump as clueless and dangerous when it comes to world affairs. “The prospect of the emotionally volatile, fact-challenged, self-obsessed and inexperienced Donald Trump as commander-in-chief scares me to death,” Kaine said at a historic USO building in the swing state of North Carolina. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 360 words, AP Photos NCCB107, NCCB109.


NORLINA — North Carolina authorities are searching for a man who they say shot and killed his 15-year-old son and later used Facebook to admit to shooting and critically wounding his ex-wife. Norlina Police Chief Taylor Bartholomew said Earl Valentine kicked in the door to his ex-wife’s Warren County home Tuesday and shot her before killing his son. The chief said he later talked to Valentine on the phone and described him as “cold and callous” and showing no remorse for the shootings. SENT: 220 words.


FORT MILL, S.C. — A 14-year-old boy was shot and wounded in the parking lot of a theme park by a man who drove to the park to attack the teen, authorities said. The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Monday in a bus drop-off and pickup area of the Carowinds theme park as it was closing, said Trent Faris, a spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Department. The park is located on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. SENT: 310 words.




PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Tropical storm Hermine weakened but lingered as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, and forecasters said it could continue to affect coastal areas of southern New England with high surf and dangerous riptides for another two days. The National Weather Service at midday Tuesday discontinued the tropical storm warning associated with the Hermine, which was about 150 miles southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and moving west at 3 mph. Sustained winds remained at about 60 mph over the ocean, but onshore impacts were expected to be minimal. By Amy Anthony. SENT: 350 words, AP Photos NYR101, NJASB701, VANOV101, NJATL101, NYR103, NJATL102, NYR102, VANOV102, VANOV103, NY2, RPBF102, RPBF101.


— HIGHWAY PLANE CRASH, from ATLANTA — Federal authorities say a partial loss of engine power likely caused by debris in the fuel system caused a single-engine plane to crash into a metro Atlanta highway last year, killing all four on board. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— DURHAM-VAN DEATH, from DURHAM — Authorities say the mother of a 3-year-old who was found dead in a van in Durham last week has been charged in connection with the incident. SENT: 120 words.

— WINSTON-SALEM-FATAL SHOOTING, from WINSTON-SALEM — Winston-Salem police say they have arrested two people in the shooting death of man whose body was found on a sidewalk. SENT: 120 words.

— FORT BRAGG-ZIKA, from FORT BRAGG — A spokeswoman at Fort Bragg says there have been five travel-related cases of the Zika virus confirmed since June at the North Carolina Army post. SENT: 90 words.

— PAYPAL-RHODE ISLAND, from PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island officials say payments company PayPal has been in daily contact with them about the possibility of moving an operations center to the state. SENT: 130 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— CLOWN IN WOODS, from GREENSBORO — Police in North Carolina say a man with a machete chased a person wearing a clown mask into the woods near an apartment complex. SENT: 130 words.

— POOL DEATH, from RALEIGH — Wake County sheriff’s deputies think a 17-year-old girl was shocked before she drowned in a swimming pool in Raleigh over the weekend. SENT: 120 words.

— SCHOOL WATER-LEAD, from DUNN — Officials in Harnett County say slightly elevated levels of lead have been found in the water at two elementary schools. SENT: 120 words.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning’s successor isn’t Brock Osweiler or Colin Kaepernick or Mark Sanchez, all of whom had better offseason odds than NFL novice Trevor Siemian. When Broncos GM John Elway declined to overpay Osweiler, Manning’s longtime backup bolted to Houston 48 hours after his mentor called it a career. Elway quickly acquired Sanchez from the Eagles but he really had his eyes fixed on Kaepernick, who rejected a pay cut to facilitate a trade from the 49ers to Denver. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 870 words, AP Photos NY157, NY158, NY159, NY160.


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