BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

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RALEIGH — North Carolina could lose out on NCAA championship events for another five years if the state soon doesn’t take off the books a law limiting LGBT rights, a spokesman for a statewide sports development association said Monday. The North Carolina Sports Association, in a letter to the legislature, urged lawmakers to address House Bill 2 or “our state’s sports tourism industry will suffer crushing, long-term losses and will essentially close its doors to NCAA business.” By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 580 words.


RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is still resisting overtures by Republican state senators for his Cabinet secretaries to come before them starting this week for confirmations the new governor argues are unconstitutional. In public statements Cooper and state Senate leader Phil Berger each wouldn’t give any ground to the other Monday, two days before Cooper’s secretary of military and veterans’ affairs is supposed to come before a committee to answer questions. Senators have scheduled committee meetings with Cooper’s seven other announced secretaries through mid-March. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 600 words.




RALEIGH — President Donald Trump’s campaign-trail condemnation of Bowe Bergdahl — the army sergeant charged with desertion while serving in Afghanistan — won’t prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial, according to military prosecutors. Prosecutors are seeking to rebuff Bergdahl’s assertion that Trump violated his constitutional rights to due process when, as a presidential contender, Trump called Bergdahl a “traitor” and made other disparaging remarks. Bergdahl will be tried in April on charges alleging that he put the lives of his fellow soldiers in jeopardy when he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 520 words.


NORFOLK, Va. — A woman has been sentenced for failing to pay taxes on nearly $900,000 transferred from her father’s gift shop on the North Carolina-Virginia state line. Amy Planch of Moyock, North Carolina, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to three years in prison, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk (http://bit.ly/2kinstX) reported. SENT: 240 words.


— FATAL WRONG-WAY CRASH, from LUMBERTON — Lumberton police say a UNC Charlotte student and a passenger in her car were killed when a car headed the wrong way on a local street collided with their car. SENT: 120 words.

— BODY IN DITCH, from BEAUFORT — The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate work crew cleaning a roadside discovered a body in a ditch. SENT: 100 words.

— WILDLIFE COMMISSION-HAYWOOD TRACT, from ASHEVILLE — The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has helped the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to preserve some land in western North Carolina to give wildlife a place to thrive. SENT: 130 words, AP Photo NYR201.

— HUSBAND-MURDER CHARGE, from HICKORY — Authorities in Catawba County say a man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the beating death of his wife more than three years ago. SENT: 120 words.

— GRONEWOLD-ANNOUNCEMENT, from ALBANY, N.Y. — Anna Gronewold, a multi-media journalist with experience covering statehouses in two other states, will be joining The Associated Press in New York as a legislative relief reporter. SENT: 110 words, AP Photo NYR201. Please note N.C. angle.



UNDATED — Gonzaga is No. 1 for a second straight week in The Associated Press college basketball poll following a week in which all but four of the top 10 teams lost at least one game. The Bulldogs (24-0), the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I, received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. Villanova (22-2) moved from fourth to second after receiving the other six No. 1 votes. By Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell. SENT: 360 words, AP Photos WAYK117, WAYK114, PALK114. Please note N.C. interest.


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