AP-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina judicial panel says some laws enacted by Republican legislators to undercut the new Democratic governor’s powers are unconstitutional. But the three-judge panel also ruled Friday that one law subjecting Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet secretaries to confirmation by the Senate was justified. SENT: 700 words.


RALEIGH — An apartment building under construction in North Carolina’s capital city had been inspected 50 times, most recently on Monday, before it went up in flames near an entertainment district, the fire chief said Friday. Several other buildings were damaged when the fire broke out Thursday night, some of them severely, Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said at a news conference. A firefighter suffered minor injuries and five people were treated for smoke inhalation, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 510 words, AP Photos NCRAL201, NCED102, NCED101.




CHARLOTTE — A veteran social worker accused of coaching congregants and their children on what to say during a 2015 child abuse investigation of her secretive religious sect has resigned, an attorney for a child welfare agency said Friday. Andrea Leslie-Fite said Lori Cornelius left her position at the Cleveland County Department of Social Services. The development came less than two weeks after The Associated Press published a report that quoted former members of the Word of Faith Fellowship sect saying that Cornelius and two assistant district attorneys — all members of the church — had helped undermine abuse investigations. The prosecutors resigned their posts and are under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. By Mitch Weiss and Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 690 words, AP Photo CAET825.


RALEIGH — The North Carolina Supreme Court says a lower appeals court should determine whether the legislature’s effort to compensate people involuntarily sterilized by the state decades ago unconstitutionally denies compensation to victims already dead when the law took effect. About 7,600 people in the state deemed “feeble-minded” or otherwise undesirable were sterilized between 1929 and 1974. Payments of $35,000 each have been made to about 200 people or their estates from a $10 million pool set up by the General Assembly. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 410 words.


CLOVIS, N.M. — The Air Force on Thursday released the identities of three service members killed Tuesday night in the crash of a reconnaissance and surveillance plane during a training flight in eastern New Mexico. Cannon Air Force Base officials say the 33-year-old pilot, Capt. Andrew Becker from Novi, Michigan, 29-year-old Capt. Kenneth Dalga from Goldsboro, North Carolina, and 26-year-old co-pilot, 1st Lt. Frederick Dellecker from Daytona Beach, Florida, were killed. SENT: 360 words, AP Photos LA437, LA435, LA436, NMALJ102, NMALJ101, NMCLO301, PDX303, PDX301.


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Crystal Snyder was trying to figure out life as a single mom when she lost her job at a West Virginia T-shirt factory. The 37-year-old had no college degree, mostly because she married at 16, divorced at 19 and had two children. Unsure what to do, Snyder heard about a program through the Coalfield Development Corp. that would hire her and pay for her to get an associate’s degree. Now she works full time for one of the nonprofit’s agriculture offshoots. By Adam Beam. SENT: 680 words.


HENDERSONVILLE — When St. Paul Mountain Vineyards first wanted to grow French vinifera, or grape vines, in Henderson County, most thought it was likely doomed for failure. But today, the Hendersonville winery boasts gold-medal winning wines from its locally grown French vinifera. And now, owner Alan Ward is hoping to recreate that success with cider, bringing in French and European cider apple varieties to make delicious artisan hard cider and boost the local apple industry with a new, high-value product. By Derek Lacey, The Times-News of Hendersonville. SENT: 1,120 words.


— MALL EVACUATED, from BURLINGTON — Police in Burlington have allowed managers to return to their stores after reports of a gunman inside a mall failed to produce a suspect. SENT: 80 words.

— CHARLOTTE STABBING DEATHS, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged a suspect in the fatal stabbing of two people. SENT: 120 words.

— DOCTOR-HOME RAIDED, from GREENVILLE — A Greenville physician and his son are in jail after the State Bureau of Investigation raided their home as well as the doctor’s office. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA, from FAYETTEVILLE — Police in North Carolina say officers shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them after barricading himself in an apartment for eight hours. SENT: 120 words.

— ASHEVILLE HOMELESS-FUNDING, from ASHEVILLE — Homeless advocates in Asheville are opposing a request by the city’s police department for $1 million in additional funding, saying the money would be better spent to combat poverty. SENT: 120 words.



GREENVILLE, S.C. — Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s South Region. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year had made just 20 of 60 shots (33 percent) and 7 of 31 3-pointers (23 percent) in his last four games. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos SCCB126, SCCB127, SCCB129, SCCB128, SCCB130, SCCB121, SCCB123, SCCB124.


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