Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The supervisor is Martha Waggoner.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina environmental officials say the state’s air has become clean enough that only 22 of its counties still have to conduct vehicle emissions testing. Legislation signed by the governor removed 26 counties from the testing list, although environmental advocates say cutting the number of cars that get tested will result in air pollution going back up. By Christina Sandidge. SENT: 400 words.
DURHAM — Kyle Ramage laughs when you ask him if he feels like a celebrity. “Maybe a Z-list celebrity,” he responds. By Zachery Eanes, The Herald-Sun of Durham. SENT: 890 words. Also moved in advance as an AP Member Exchange. AP Photo NCDUS101.
— POLICE DOG SHOT, from WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A South Florida police dog that was wounded by a bullet during a shootout with a robbery suspect is recovering and has been released to his handler. The suspect had outstanding warrants in North Carolina. SENT: 110 words.
— MILITARY DOGS HONORED, from FAYETTEVILLE — A North Carolina military museum located near one of the nation’s largest Army bases will pay tribute later this month to the dogs who work with the country’s elite soldiers. SENT: 130 words.
— SEA TURTLE NEST, from AVON — Sea turtle nests are showing up early on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. SENT: 130 words.
— SERPENTARIUM OWNER KILLED, from WILMINGTON — Police say the owner of the Cape Fear Serpentarium in Wilmington was shot to death and his wife is charged with murder. SENT: 100 words.
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