Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Carolinas News Editor Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.
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EARLY VOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH — North Carolina elections officials have fashioned early voting schedules they hope comply with a federal court ruling this summer and ease long lines this fall in the presidential battleground state. The state’s Republican-controlled Board of Elections deliberated for 11 hours through disputed plans for early in-person voting from one-third of North Carolina’s 100 counties before approving or amending them Thursday. In most cases, board members weighed competing Democratic and Republican proposals from local election boards approved last month with differing early voting dates, hours and locations. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 730 words.
CAMPAIGN 2016-EARLY VOTING
WASHINGTON — Get ready: Voting in the 2016 election is now underway. Advance voting begins Friday in North Carolina, the first of 37 states that will allow balloting by mail for any reason or in person before the actual Election Day of Nov. 8. By Hope Yen. SENT: 380 words. AP Photos NCGRE201, NCGRE202.
FROM AP MEMBERS:
— HAND TRANSPLANT, from DURHAM — A Texas man who received a hand transplant at the Duke University Hospital earlier this year is developing feeling and use of his new hand. SENT: 130 words.
— CHARLOTTE MAYOR-RELEASE, from CHARLOTTE — Former Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to be released from prison next week. SENT: 130 words.
— BOY MAULED BY DOGS, from CHARLOTTE — Officials say three dogs that mauled a 7-year-old boy last week after he walked off a school bus have been euthanized. SENT: 130 words.
— MISTRIAL-DOUBLE HOMICIDE, from CHARLOTTE — A judge has declared a mistrial in a case against a one of three men accused of killing two people in 2011. SENT: 130 words.
— BODY-MISSING BOATER, from DANBURY — Officials say a body recovered from Belews Creek Lake is believed to be that of a missing boater who may have drowned there more than three months ago. SENT: 130 words.
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