BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The supervisor is Jack Jones.

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TOP STORIES:

ATHLETES-FRAUD TALE

RALEIGH — Clients of a financial planner sentenced last week to prison the day before the NFL draft for stealing nearly $3 million from wealthy athletes serve as a cautionary tale for the instant millionaires who now know where they’ll be playing professional football. The next step for these walking conglomerates will be figure out how to manage their new wealth and avoid unscrupulous characters. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-TEEN INTO BLUEGRASS

LEXINGTON — For Brant Wimmer, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at North Davidson Middle School, music is a family affair. Three years ago, Brant said, he picked up the guitar to feel closer to his grandfather, and now he plays in a bluegrass band with his sister. They perform all around the state. “My grandpa really got me into it,” Brant said. “He played guitar, but then he passed away, and that’s how I started. I think it was a year after he died.” By Julia Hudgins, The Dispatch of Lexington. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 540 words, with photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SERVICE DOG SHOT, from FAYETTEVILLE — North Carolina police say they’re investigating the possible suicide of an Army veteran charged with shooting her service dog as she laughed. SENT: 130 words.

— CONVENIENCE STORE KIDNAPPING, from SURFSIDE BEACH — Police are looking for the masked man who kidnapped an overnight convenience store clerk at gunpoint. SENT: 130 words.

— TROOPER MISCONDUCT, from SMITHFIELD — Judges say North Carolina taxpayers must pay $125,000 to the attorney of a state trooper fired after kicking his canine partner and later reinstated. SENT: 130 words.

— GUN SALE SHOOTOUT, from LINCOLNTON — North Carolina detectives say an effort to sell stolen guns left one of the dealers dead after a woman came out of hiding with her gun blazing. SENT: 130 words.

— LIFE ARRIVING FAST, from JACKSONVILLE — Life is arriving fast for a North Carolina university student who becomes a graduate, Marine Corps officer and a newlywed within three days. SENT: 90 words.

SPORTS:

GLF–WELLS FARGO

WILMINGTON — Brian Harman made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Wells Fargo Championship and deny Dustin Johnson a fourth straight victory. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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