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WILMINGTON — Donald Trump ignited a fresh political firestorm Tuesday by declaring gun rights supporters might still find a way to stop Hillary Clinton, even if she should defeat him and then name anti-gun Supreme Court justices. Democrats pounced, accusing him of openly encouraging violence against his opponent. The Republican presidential nominee has been working this week to move past distracting campaign disputes, but once again he put himself at the center of a blazing controversy. By Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 910 words, AP Photos NCEV107, NCEV117, FLAH107, NCEV103.


WILMINGTON — Donald Trump said Tuesday that Second Amendment advocates might find a way to stop Hillary Clinton from rolling back gun rights if she’s elected, setting off a political firestorm as Democrats quickly accused him of encouraging violence against his opponent. Speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Republican nominee said incorrectly his general election opponent wants to “abolish, essentially, the Second Amendment.” By Josh Lederman and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 790 words, AP Photos NCEV107, NCEV117.




RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is blasting a state toxicologist who worried in sworn testimony that state officials cleared well water near Duke Energy coal ash pits as safe to drink despite the presence of a chemical known to cause cancer. High-ranking members of the state’s environmental and health agencies lashed out Tuesday, a week after state toxicologist Ken Rudo’s deposition was obtained by The Associated Press. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 500 words.


RALEIGH — A young black man shot to death while leaving a house party — allegedly by the host’s white neighbor — was described by his mother Tuesday as loving, funny, and so careful that his family called him “Safety 101.” Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas was killed early Sunday when a man living two doors down from the party called police to complain of “hoodlums” in his neighborhood, and then fired a shotgun out of his garage, according to authorities and 911 tapes. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos NCRAL101, NCRAL102, NCJD101.


RALEIGH — A judge has told North Carolina’s second-largest county to hold local elections in November under school board and commissioner district boundaries approved in 2011 because an appeals court threw out more recent lines drawn by Republicans in the General Assembly. U.S. District Judge James Dever directed Tuesday how Wake County elections would be carried out after taking in advice from the state and Wake elections boards, legislative leaders and local voters who sued over the most recent maps. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


— VOTER ID LAWSUIT, from RALEIGH — A trial on voter ID in North Carolina state court has been set aside for now with a federal appeals court last month blocking enforcement of the photo identification mandate. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD’S DEATH-COUPLE CHARGED, from CHARLOTTE — Police in Charlotte have arrested a couple in the death of a child found unresponsive at a home on the city’s east side last month. SENT: 120 words.

— GOVERNOR-STATE EMPLOYEES, from RALEIGH — The political committee of the State Employees Association of North Carolina has endorsed Democrat Roy Cooper for governor over Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. SENT: 130 words.

— SPRING LAKE POLICE CHIEF, from SPRING LAKE — Spring Lake Police Chief Troy McDuffie is retiring following a 30-year law enforcement career, the last seven spent rebuilding the police force in the Cumberland County town of about 13,000 people. SENT: 110 words.



WILMINGTON — Bill Dooley, a three-time coach of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference who piled up 162 wins at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, died Tuesday. He was 82. His wife, Marie, said Dooley died of natural causes at their home in Wilmington. SENT: 410 words, AP Photos NY165, NY166.


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