BC-NC–North Carolina News Digest, NC

Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The supervisor is Skip Foreman.

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RALEIGH — Six weeks into North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s term, the Democrat and Republican-controlled legislature are locked in a partisan power struggle, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over state government. Cooper won the latest battle Wednesday as a three-judge panel temporarily blocked a new law that required Senate confirmation for the governor’s Cabinet members, using a process similar to what the U.S. Senate does for the president’s Cabinet choices. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 660 words.




RALEIGH — Four North Carolina voters sued a political activist for libel Wednesday, claiming he falsely accused them of voting illegally last November because they were felons or had voted in other states. The lawsuit filed in Greensboro by the liberal Southern Coalition for Social Justice contends William Clark Porter’s false characterizations of improper voting led the four plaintiffs to face “ridicule, contempt or disgrace.” Porter didn’t respond to telephone or email messages seeking comment. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 430 words.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The horrific 1955 Mississippi slaying of Emmett Till, which helped trigger the modern civil rights movement, should be re-investigated now that a key witness is quoted as saying she lied about what the black teen said and did before he was lynched, Till’s relatives say. Two of Till’s cousins, Wheeler Parker and Deborah Watts, said a renewed probe of Carolyn Donham’s role could settle lingering questions. Among them: Whether an as-yet unidentified person, possibly a woman, was with Till’s killers the night he was abducted. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 960 words, AP Photos MHX203, MHX201, MHX202. Please note N.C. angle.


— AMBULANCE HIJACKING, from GASTONIA — The Charlotte man accused by authorities of hijacking an ambulance and assaulting the driver has made an initial court appearance. SENT: 130 words.

— METH LAB FOUND-CHILDREN, from JACKSONVILLE — Authorities in Onslow County say a woman and her boyfriend are accused of running a meth lab in their home with two children living there. SENT: 120 words.

— STOLEN MAIL-ARREST, from CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they have arrested a woman after investigators found almost 500 pieces of stolen mail in her car. SENT: 120 words.

— XGR–UNC BOARD, from RALEIGH — There’s broad support in the state House to reduce membership on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors from 32 to 24. SENT: 120 words.

— ASHEVILLE CRIME, from ASHEVILLE — A report from Asheville police says the city’s top spot for serious crime is in the downtown area, where thousands of tourists flock to drink and eat. SENT: 130 words.

— LOCAL REDISTRICTING, from GREENSBORO — A federal judge in Greensboro is considering whether the newest boundaries for city council members were improperly drawn for racial and political reasons. SENT: 120 words.

— I-85-FATAL ACCIDENT-LAWSUIT, from HILLBOROUGH — Some settlements have been reached in lawsuits from a 2015 crash on Interstate 85 in Orange County. SENT: 130 words.

— WOMAN CHAINED IN SHED, from RAEFORD — A North Carolina man has been charged with kidnapping after deputies say they found a woman chained up in a shed outside of Fayetteville. SENT: 130 words.

— STATE PARKS VISITATION RECORD, from MOUNT MITCHELL — North Carolina’s state parks saw a record number of visitors last year, despite destruction wreaked by Hurricane Matthew on the coast and huge wildfires that closed western North Carolina state parks for long stretches in the fall. SENT: 130 words.



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 14 Florida State looks to remain unbeaten at home as it hosts North Carolina State and freshman standout Dennis Smith Jr. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, AP photos from 7 p.m. tipoff.


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