AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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UNDATED — The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.” By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 610 words, AP Photo CAET401.


RALEIGH — Activists in more than half the states in the nation marched and rallied Monday, calling on elected officials to view public policies through a moral lens that focuses on the poor, workers, the sick and other disenfranchised people. The rallies held Monday were part of the “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action,” led by the Rev. William Barber. Barber is the architect of the “Moral Monday” protests that begin in April 2013 in North Carolina to fight the conservative politics of a Republican governor and legislature. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos RPMS101, RPMS101, RPMS102, NCMW101, NCMW102.


ROCK HILL, S.C. — Vice President Joe Biden stepped back in time on Monday at a South Carolina diner, standing in the footsteps of men who peacefully played a role in desegregating the South on a day packed with political events. Amid shaking hands and posing for countless pictures, Biden interrupted a reporter’s interview to sneak up behind W.T. “Dub” Massey, 74, at the counter of Five and Dine, a restaurant in downtown Rock Hill, a small city on the outskirts of metropolitan Charlotte, North Carolina. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 570 words.


RALEIGH — Federal officials announced plans Monday to sharply reduce the territory of the world’s only wild population of red wolves — a move that conservationists say will relegate the endangered animals to zoos. Starting in late 2017 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to limit wild red wolves to a federal wildlife refuge and some adjacent land in eastern North Carolina’s Dare County, rather than the five-county area where they currently roam. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 670 words.


SHELBY — A North Carolina police officer who was shot and wounded as he attempted to serve warrants on a man died Monday, authorities said. Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford said in a statement that Officer Tim Brackeen, 38 and who was a 12-year veteran of the force, died at a Charlotte hospital. SENT: 270 words.


DURHAM — A woman who lost her job at a clothing embroidery plant while she was pregnant said she had no idea of federal laws designed to protect her employment until she contacted a lawyer, and she has filed a federal complaint against the company. Gillian Thomas, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/2cRCmFS) that Kendall Todd should have been advised about federal protections by her employer. SENT: 390 words.


MIAMI — A Florida man was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in prison for helping plot and carry out the sophisticated armed robbery of gold bars valued at $4.8 million from a truck that was stopped using remote-control devices along a remote stretch of Interstate 95 in North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard said at a hearing that the actions of Adalberto Perez, 46, and two accomplices were “horrific” and sentenced Perez at the high end of federal guidelines following his guilty plea to theft and firearms charges. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 580 words.


— CONGRESS-BUSINESS SUMMIT, from RALEIGH — Local and state business leaders are gaining some insight about North Carolina’s economy and national politics while networking with the state’s Capitol Hill delegation and others this week at an annual gathering. SENT: 130 words.

— EDEN WRECK DEATHS, from EDEN — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a man and woman have been killed in a wreck in Rockingham County. SENT: 120 words.



CHARLOTTE — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he fully expects Cam Newton to play this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers despite taking at least four helmet-to-helmet hits in a Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. Rivera said that while Newton’s body is sore, his head is fine. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 750 words, AP Photos NY179, NY180.


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