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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Republican-controlled Board of Elections took a measured approach Thursday to settling local quarrels over early voting plans, refusing to expand voting on Sundays this fall but increasing access to the ballot in counties where GOP proposals seemed too limiting. After a federal appeals court this summer found Republican legislators acted with discriminatory intent against black voters in an effort to depress Democratic turnout with a 2013 law, board members had to approve new proposals for early voting dates, hours and locations in a third of the state’s 100 counties. By Gary Robertson. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos NCGRE201, NCGRE202, NYAH103.




RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says business lobbyists helped shape a state law limiting protections for LGBT people but that also included employer-friendly provisions banning local minimum wage increases and making it harder for workers to sue for workplace discrimination. McCrory’s assertion contradicts statements by the head of the state’s Chamber of Commerce and his aides, who have denied a role in shaping the legislation called House Bill 2. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 510 words.


CHARLOTTE — Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump Thursday for his condemnation of American military generals and his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying her Republican opponent had “failed” at proving he can be commander in chief. “Every Republican holding or seeking office in this country should be asked if they agree with Donald Trump about these statements,” Clinton said in a news conference the morning after both candidates appeared at a national security forum. By Catherine Lucey and Steve Peoples. SENT: 820 words, AP Photos NCAH111, OHEV117, NYAH102, NYAH104, NYAH103, NYAH108, NYAH105, NYAH106, NYAH101, OHEV116, OHEV114.


RALEIGH — A North Carolina prosecutor has dismissed charges against a man who was 16 years old when he was convicted of murder and imprisoned 28 years ago, saying there’s not enough evidence to try the case again. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said Thursday that his office will not prosecute 43-year-old Johnny Small for murder a second time. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 440 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The growth of the U.S. Latino population — once the nation’s fastest growing — slowed considerably over the past seven years and slipped behind that of Asian Americans amid declining Hispanic immigration and birth rates, a study released Thursday found. The Pew Research Center study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, found that the U.S. Hispanic population grew annually on average by 2.8 percent between 2007 and 2014. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 670 words, AP Photos RPRC102, RPRC104, RPRC105, RPRC103, RPRC106, RPRC101. Please note N.C. interest.


RALEIGH — Serious injuries to two soldiers who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2009 show that he endangered his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan, prosecutors argue in a new filing. The Sept. 1 motion lays out how prosecutors plan to tie the injuries into arguments that Bergdahl is guilty of misbehavior before the enemy, a relatively rare charge that carries up to a life sentence. Bergdahl also faces a desertion charge in the case scheduled for a 2017 trial. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 630 words, AP Photo NY113.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft is on its way to the space rock Bennu (BEHN’oo). The Osiris-Rex explorer rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday evening, just before sunset. It was the start of a seven-year quest to the big, black, unexplored asteroid. Once there, the spacecraft will gather a few handfuls of gravel for return to Earth. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos NYPS101, NY111.


UNDATED — Tracey Stahl lost part of a leg to bone cancer last fall, and she has to wince through bouts of crippling pain from an ill-fitting artificial limb because of a strange health insurance limit: Her plan covers just one limb per lifetime. She now has to weigh whether to dump the nearly $9,000 cost of a new leg on her credit card as she fights her insurance company over the restriction. “I feel — it’s embarrassing to say — paralyzed about what to do,” said Stahl, from her home in Penfield, New York. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 1,050 words, AP Photos TXEG401, TXEG402.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two North Carolina men were arrested Thursday and charged in connection with a computer hacker network that allegedly targeted CIA Director John Brennan and other senior government officials. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria said Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, known online as “INCURSIO,” of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and Justin Gray Liverman, 24, also known as “D3F4ULT,” of Morehead City, North Carolina, were charged and will make initial appearances next week. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 530 words.


ASHEVILLE — An entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service says a beetle from Asia that is destroying ash trees across the country will arrive in western North Carolina in the next few years. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2c1EdW6) Paul Merten has spent nearly a decade chasing down the emerald ash borer. Merten and Haywood County Community College forestry student Caroline McGough went into the woods on the Appalachian Trail last week, unleashing tiny wasps that feed only on the emerald ash borer. SENT: 370 words.


— TVA-HOUSEBOAT BAN, from WASHINGTON — North Carolina’s two Republican senators have introduced legislation to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed ban on houseboats. SENT: 110 words.

— MALL SHOOTING REPORT, from CHARLOTTE — Police say they have arrested a convicted felon who fired a gun outside a Charlotte mall on Labor Day, causing people inside to panic. SENT: 110 words.

— FERRY CREW HONORED, from RALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Transportation has honored a ferry crew for its response to a fire on a charter boat in July. SENT: 120 words.

— STUN GUN-INDICTMENT, from SMITHFIELD — A grand jury has indicted a North Carolina police officer on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the stun-gun death of a man apprehended following a high-speed chase. SENT: 120 words.

— POWER PLANT PROPOSED, from CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A company wants to build a natural gas plant on the Elizabeth River that could utilize a controversial pipeline project. SENT: 170 words.

— DURHAM-VAN DEATH, from DURHAM — A mother charged after her 3-year-old daughter was found dead in a van in Durham remains behind bars after having her bond increased. SENT: 130 words.



RALEIGH — North Carolina State’s Reynolds Coliseum new look has been completed, and just in time for a new school year. The $35 million renovation project to add modern touches while preserving the history of the nearly 70-year-old, tradition-rich campus arena was finished in August. The programs displaced for more than a year have moved back in, Reynolds hosts its first sports event Friday and the school has scheduled a re-opening ceremony next week. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 480 words, AP Photos NCGB101, NCGB102, NCGB103, NCGB104, NCGB105, NCGB105, NCGB106, NCGB108, NCGB109.


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