BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The supervisor is Martha Waggoner.

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TOP STORIES:

FORMER POLICE CHIEF DETAINED

RALEIGH — A former North Carolina police chief who now works as a law enforcement consultant says he’s disappointed with his country of 42 years after he was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 420 words.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-OLDER AND PRICED OUT

NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. — The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will hit hardest on one of the groups that voted most heavily for President Donald Trump last year — older Americans who have not yet reached Medicare age. An analysis of data from the insurance marketplaces shows a majority of them are in states that went for Trump, who pledged to repeal the Obama-era health care law but also promised “insurance for everybody.” Many of these adults now fear being priced out of the health care market under the GOP plan. Here are stories from four of them — two Republicans and two Democrats. By Michael Rubinkam, Kelli Kennedy and Megan Hoyer. SENT: 1580 words. AP Photos.

— With: 2016 county-level data on age of consumers who purchased on the federal exchange; and 2017 marketplace data for all 50 states.

EXCHANGE-REPLICA RESTORATION

HILLSBOROUGH — John “Blackfeather” Jeffries, in a Marine cap and bear-claw necklace, sat on a bench watching volunteers plant tall, cedar poles in the grass. The first time, there was no sitting, he said. With two bad knees and two bad hips, Jeffries sawed 396 poles, burning the tops into points like his ancestors did, for the palisade around the replica village of his Occaneechi tribe. By Mark Schultz, The Herald-Sun of Durham. SENT: 650 words. Also moved in advance as an AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL WIFE SHOOTING, from ELIZABETH CITY — A second grand jury has indicted a man in the shooting death of his wife of 53 years on a lesser charge than the first grand jury rejected. SENT: 130 words.

— PARK-FALL DEATH, from WINSTON-SALEM — A North Carolina teenager who slipped and fell more than 50 feet at Hanging Rock State Park last month has died. SENT: 90 words.

SPORTS:

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to the arena where two men’s NCAA Tournament games are being played. On Sunday, North Carolina plays Arkansas followed by Duke against South Carolina. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 430 words.

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