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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t committing to have his Cabinet secretaries come before state Senate committees as part of their formal confirmation process, which stems from a new law the governor has sued over to stop. Senate Republican leaders laid out this week how they will scrutinize department heads chosen by the new Democratic governor, with the first secretary expected before a committee meeting Feb. 8. A Cooper spokesman on Tuesday urged senators to wait until after a court could rule on whether the chamber had the constitutional authority to approve the secretaries. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 430 words.
RALEIGH — A committee led by North Carolina’s new state treasurer voted Wednesday to recommend lawmakers set aside money annually to tackle a future bill for state government retiree health care and to ensure pensioners are paid at promised levels for decades to come. Treasurer Dale Folwell, a Republican elected in November, is spearheading an effort to begin trimming down unfunded health care and pension obligations of nearly $38 billion. Folwell has been sounding the alarm on the health care liability, which comprises most of the total, since his days in the General Assembly. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 420 words.
LOS ANGELES — Go ahead, laugh about Cam Newton’s sometimes outrageous outfits. The NFL star can laugh about it, and even enjoys some of the online memes have made him the butt of their jokes. “Some of them are funny. But it is what it is. You’ve got to be lighthearted about it. You can’t take it personal,” the Carolina Panthers quarterback said in a recent interview. “You to have to deal with certain things. And a meme is one of them. Fortunately and unfortunately. Look at Michael Jordan. He has one of the most popular memes of them all – but I don’t think he’s crying in the corner somewhere.” By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 380 words, AP Photos NYET317, NYET318, NYET320.
DES MOINES, Iowa — An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages. Bottom line: A pound of it may cost a little more as winter wears on, but prices should stabilize by summer. By David Pitt. SENT: 460 words, AP Photo CER204. Slaughter of U.S. Livestock. Please note N.C. interest.
MARION — Firefighters are trying to put an end to a wildfire burning in part of the Pisgah National Forest and some private land in western North Carolina. Firefighters planned to conduct burnout operations in fires near Marion and Old Fort, the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/2jAnQQI) reported. SENT: 220 words.
— SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES-SHOOTOUT, from FAYETTEVILLE — Authorities in Cumberland County say a man who exchanged gunfire with a sheriff’s deputy was found dead inside his home of a self-inflicted gunshot. SENT: 130 words.
— XGR–LGBT RIGHTS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina senators who want House Bill 2 off the books have again offered legislation to repeal the law limiting LGBT rights and directing which public bathrooms transgender people can use. SENT: 120 words.
— DEAD DOGS-ROAD, from MONROE — A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the deaths of seven dogs found shot along a rural road last week. SENT: 90 words.
— FUNERAL HOME DIRECTOR-SEX CHARGES, from LITTLETON — A North Carolina funeral director has been charged with dozens of sexual offenses involving children. SEN: 100 words.
— SCHOOL BOARD LAWSUIT, from WILMINGTON — New Hanover County schools have joined a lawsuit against the state Attorney General’s Office, asking that money from an environmental settlement go to public schools. SENT: 130 words.
CLEMSON, S.C. — Florida State believes they’ve gotten closer to chasing down national champion and reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champ Clemson with yet another stellar recruiting class. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher assembled a 21-man group Wednesday that was rated sixth nationally by 247Sports Composite and included two top 10 players in running back Cam Akers and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. By Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 660 words, AP Photo TNKNN203.
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