BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


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TOP STORIES:

LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING

RALEIGH — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling that had directed North Carolina legislators to redraw state legislative districts by March 15 and hold special elections within the altered districts this fall. The court order granted the request of North Carolina Republican legislative leaders and state officials to delay November’s ruling by a three-judge panel. The panel last summer threw out 28 state House and Senate districts as illegal racial gerrymanders. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 770 words.

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— LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING-THE LATEST.

NORTH CAROLINA-PARTISAN POLITICS

OXFORD — In politically divided North Carolina, weary voters are hoping elected officials can set aside differences and effectively govern after a bruising election and bitter fight over transgender restroom access. The Republican-controlled legislature is due back Wednesday, tasked with working with a newly elected Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, who is already fighting GOP lawmakers in court over their recent moves to curtail his powers. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 760 words, AP Photos NCCB303, NCCB301, NCCB302, NCCB304, NCCB305.

SHRIMP NETS-TURTLES

GRETNA, La. — Some inshore shrimpers say that if the federal government requires turtle escape hatches in their nets, it should reimburse them for lost catch. Others say they trawl in water too shallow for “turtle excluder devices” to work. About 80 shrimpers, most of them Vietnamese, gathered Tuesday to hear marine biologist Michael Barnette explain a proposal to require the devices on smaller inshore nets. They’re already required in offshore trawls. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COOPER-MEDICAID, from WASHINGTON — The Democratic members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to a federal agency expressing their support for a proposal to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. SENT: 120 words.

— FLIGHTS DELAYED-COMPUTER FAILURE, from MORRISVILLE — Technicians at Raleigh-Durham International Airport have resolved a computer problem that officials say led to flight delays from one of its terminals. SENT: 120 words.

— DRUG CHARGES-CHILDREN, from KINSTON — Police in Kinston say a woman faces several charges after officers acting on a tip found her unconscious in a car with a hypodermic needle in her arm and two young children in the back seat. SENT: 130 words.

— FULL HOSPITAL, from LUMBERTON— Officials at Southeastern Regional Medical Center are telling people in need of non-emergency care to head to their doctor or visit a local clinic because all of its beds are taken. SENT: 130 words.

— GIRL DISAPPEARS-NC, from RALEIGH — The winter weather that left icy roads is leading North Carolina’s Supreme Court to scrap hearing new cases until next month. SENT: 120 words.

— COOPER-STAFF, from RALEIGH — Roy Cooper is bringing in more people from previous Democratic administrations and from his tenure as attorney general to help him as North Carolina’s new governor. SENT: 130 words.

— FLU DEATHS, from RALEIGH — State health officials say three flu-related deaths were reported in North Carolina during the last week of December, bringing the total for the season beginning in October to seven. SENT: 120 words.

— CAR-POOL CRASH, from APEX — You could say a North Carolina woman went car-pooling: Police say she accidentally drove her SUV through her garage and landed in the middle of her backyard swimming pool. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

CAR–NASCAR-EDWARDS

CHARLOTTE — In a stunning decision, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards is walking away from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing less than two months after nearly winning his first Cup championship, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Joe Gibbs Racing scheduled a pair of news conferences Wednesday in which Edwards is expected to announce he will not drive the No. 19 Toyota next season. The second announcement is that reigning Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez will replace Edwards in the Cup Series. The two people spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the team and Edwards had not announced the move. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 670 words, AP Photos NY161, NY159, NY160, NY158.

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