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RALEIGH — New Gov. Roy Cooper plucked up another legislator to serve in his Cabinet, naming a House member Thursday to lead the department that manages North Carolina’s parks, protects natural areas and preserves the state’s history. Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, will head the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which also oversees aquariums, historic sites and the State Archives. Last week, Cooper announced Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, would lead the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 490 words.


WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security. State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation that scans for aircraft and ships hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 640 words.


RALEIGH — The civil rights office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent a “letter of concern” to North Carolina regulators in light of a two-year investigation targeting health problems affecting minority communities near large-scale hog operations. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/2jCY8z5) the 25-page letter to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has not done enough to reduce stench, flies and other problems caused by the facilities. SENT: 350 words.


RALEIGH — School systems say they may have to cut arts and physical education in elementary schools this fall if North Carolina lawmakers do not change plans for reducing class sizes. Lawmakers voted last year to limit class size for students in kindergarten through third grade, The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/2jMTYSH ) reported. SENT: 310 words.


— COOPER-MEDICAID, from RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper says he’s still hopeful North Carolina will expand Medicaid coverage even with Donald Trump entering the White House and litigation saying Cooper can’t seek it on his own. SENT: 120 words.

— VIRGINIA-TRANSGENDER BILL, from RICHMOND, Va. — A transgender bathroom bill similar to North Carolina’s has been killed by Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly. SENT: 120 words.

— FAKE NEWS-LEGISLATIVE AIDE, from ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging. SENT: 130 words.

— CHURCH FIRE, from OAK CITY — Fire has destroyed a church in Martin County, and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation say the blaze appears to have been accidental. SENT: 120 words.

— CARTHAGE SHOOTING DEATH, from CARTHAGE — A Moore County man has been arrested and charged with murder for a shooting death at his home. SENT: 100 words.

— VETERAN KILLED, from FAYETTEVILLE — Police say the death of a man found in his apartment in Fayetteville was a homicide. SENT: 90 words.



CHARLOTTE — Benny Parsons made it to the NASCAR Hall of Fame because of his victories on the track and his work as a broadcaster after he retired. He is there also because of one other factor – the kindness of his competitors. Don’t misunderstand, he wasn’t voted in simply because people liked my father. During his 19-year driving career, the man most everyone called “BP” won 21 races, including the 1975 Daytona 500, and the 1973 NASCAR championship. In fact, he was the only Hall of Fame-eligible driver who had accomplished those two feats who had yet to be selected. By Keith Parsons. SENT: 810 words, AP Photos NY163, NY162, NY161, NY164, NY165.


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