BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC


Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The supervisor is Emery Dalesio.

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TOP STORIES:

NORTH CAROLINA-STATE SPIDER

ASHEVILLE — There’s an official dog, an official flower and even an official beverage. But students in a first-grade class in North Carolina think a spider should be in the group of special state symbols. Students in Patti Evans’ class at Dickson Elementary School have gone so far as to craft a bill which Rep. Susan Fisher has sponsored to make the golden silk spider the top arachnid. SENT: 370 words.

EXCHANGE-ROYAL

CHAPEL HILL — Perhaps it wasn’t cricket, Old Bean. So sue me. The first question I asked the new lord-lieutenant of Bristol, and one I’m sure a lot of you want to know the answer to, was “Does Queen Elizabeth II call you ‘Peaches’?” By Barry Saunders, The Charlotte Observer. SENT: 1,300 words as an AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

— NAACP-INNOCENCE CLAIM, from GREENVILLE — A district attorney says it is conducting another investigation into whether a North Carolina man who has spent 22 years in prison on a murder charge really committed the crime. SENT: APNewsNow.

— DOG BITE DEATH, from ASHEVILLE — Authorities say a dog that apparently attacked and killed its owner in North Carolina would not let emergency workers inside the home. SENT: APNewsNow.

— MALL SHOOTING, from GREENSBORO — Investigators say they want to talk to two men who were seen running out of a North Carolina mall just before a 34-year-old man was shot in the parking lot. SENT: APNewsNow.

— WIFE CHARGED, from NEW BERN — Authorities say a 28-year-old North Carolina woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing of her husband. SENT: APNewsNow.

— GUARANTY BANK CLOSED, from MADISON, Wis. — Federal regulators have closed Milwaukee-based Guaranty Bank, saying the bank is significantly undercapitalized and has not come up with an acceptable way to shore up its finances. SENT: APNewsNow.

SPORTS:

BBM-THE TEBOW EFFECT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow is a big-league hit in the minor leagues. The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback has minor-league fans around the Single A South Atlantic League flocking to stadiums and jamming ticket lines to see the Columbia Fireflies outfielder and designated-hitter. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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