BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in North Carolina. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at [email protected] The desk supervisor is Skip Foreman.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

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WAVERLY, Va. — Tornadoes tore through towns as far north as Pennsylvania, heavy snow canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and power outages left tens of thousands of residents from the Carolinas to New England in the dark as severe weather raked across a broad swath of the country for a third day. The storms Wednesday claimed at least a half-dozen lives, three of them in the tiny town of Waverly, Virginia, where a 2-year-old child and two men, ages 50 and 26, were killed during the storm, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Their bodies were found about 300 yards from their mobile home. By Larry O’Dell and Steve Szkotak. SENT: 1,100 words, AP Photos VANOV103, VALYD104, VALYD101, VALYD102, PALAN105, PALAN104, ILARL104, PAHAP105, PAMR115, PAMR112.

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RALEIGH — The four North Carolina Democrats seeking to win their party’s nomination for U.S. Senate are meeting for a televised debate the week before in-person early voting begins. Kevin Griffin of Durham, Ernest Reeves of Greenville, Chris Rey of Spring Lake and Deborah Ross of Raleigh were slated to appear in Thursday night’s debate at the WRAL-TV studios in Raleigh. The March 15 primary winner is seeking to replace Republican incumbent Richard Burr, who has his own primary against three GOP challengers. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words from 7 p.m. event.




— FIREFIGHTERS-CAR BREAK-INS, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they have arrested a man in connection with recent break-ins and thefts from cars belonging to firefighters and parked at five Charlotte Fire Department stations. SENT: 120 words.

— CYCLISTS INJURED, from RALEIGH — The N.C. Highway Patrol has charged a woman in connection with an accident in which four cyclists were struck by a car in Johnston County. SENT: 130 words.

— CREDIT CARD THEFT, from THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville man has been arrested after police say he misused fuel credit cards for the company he worked for. SENT: 130 words.

— CHARLOTTE CITY MANAGER, from CHARLOTTE — The city of Charlotte has announced that City Manager Ron Carlee will be stepping down from his position. SENT: 130 words.

— COLD CASE-GUILTY PLEA, from RICHMOND, Va. — A 72-year-old man who eluded capture for 34 years has pleaded guilty in connection with his wife’s 1981 death. SENT: 130 words. Please note N.C. angle.



DURHAM — No. 15 Duke plays host to Florida State in a key ACC matchup. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP photos from 7 p.m. start.


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