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 — A new proposal to repeal North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” appears stuck as Republican lawmakers and the new Democratic governor disagree about empowering local governments to expand LGBT rights. The impasse worries state boosters because time is running out before the NCAA decides whether to prevent North Carolina sites from hosting championship events through 2022. The law, which requires transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, has cost North Carolina some conventions, concerts and business expansions. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.




SPINDALE — Newcomers to the Word of Faith Fellowship live by a list of strict rules for daily life, which sect leader Jane Whaley says God revealed to her, former members say. They include: — Followers are banned from celebrating birthdays and religious or secular holidays, including Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July. By Mitch Weiss. SENT: 210 words, AP Photo NY631.


DURHAM — A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they felt compelled to take pictures and post them to Facebook. Now thousands of people are expressing outrage and the head of the medical center says an employee involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review. SENT: 360 words.


— CARBON MONOXIDE-MOBILE HOME, from WASHINGTON — A mother and two children were taken to a Washington hospital after emergency personnel found carbon monoxide in their mobile home. SENT: 130 words.

— WANDERING CHILD-PARENTS ARRESTED, from THOMASVILLE — Police in Thomasville say they have arrested two parents after their 2-year-old child was found walking along a road alone. SENT: 130 words.

— OBIT-BILL ELLIS, from WILSON — William “Bill” Ellis, whose barbecue restaurant became an institution across eastern North Carolina, has died at age 83. SENT: 120 words.

— LGBT YOUTH CENTER-DONATION, from CHARLOTTE — A gay youth advocacy group has received a significant donation from a member of the Belk stores family to establish a hub for LGBT youth support. SENT: 120 words.

— DEPUTY SHOT-NORTH CAROLINA, from BROWNS SUMMIT — Authorities say a North Carolina deputy is recovering after being ambushed by a heavily armed man who called 911 and opened fire on the first lawman arriving at his door. SENT: 120 words.

— CONFEDERATE FLAG-NAACP-NORTH CAROLINA, from HILLSBOROUGH — A North Carolina school board has voted not to ban the Confederate flag from school grounds, rejecting two pleas from a local chapter of the NAACP to establish the policy. SENT: 120 words.

— CALIFORNIA-TRAVEL BAN, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Republican state senator is calling for a boycott of a national legislators’ meeting in California next year in retaliation for that state’s ban on state-funded travel to Tennessee and other states over laws considered anti-LGBT. SENT: 130 words. Please note N.C. interest.

— NORTH CAROLINA-VETERANS’ CARE, from DURHAM — A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they took pictures and posted them to Facebook. SENT: 120 words.

— OFFICER RESCUES DOG, from LELAND — A North Carolina family’s dog is alive, thanks to the actions of an off-duty Leland police officer who ran into a burning home to save the animal. SENT: 120 words.

— IMMIGRATION PROTEST, from CHARLOTTE — Protesters are asking the Charlotte City Council to protect undocumented immigrants who face the possibility of deportation because of a push by the Trump administration. SENT: 130 words.

— STEIN-OPIOIDS, from RALEIGH — Attorney General Josh Stein says he hopes a new social media initiative addressing the opioid abuse crisis in North Carolina will raise awareness about the problem and give hope to those trying to recover from its addiction. SENT: 120 words.



DURHAM — No. 17 Duke looks to snap a two-game losing streak and continue its push for a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament when the Blue Devils play host to No. 15 Florida State. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP photos from 7 p.m. start.


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