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 federal judge has rejected a deal allowing lawyers for two wrongfully imprisoned men to claim $400,000 of a $1 million settlement with investigators. Judge Terrence Boyle issued a written order denying the settlement agreement for half brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, men with low IQs who wrongly spent three decades behind bars for the killing of an 11-year-old girl. The settlement amount was revealed in newly unsealed documents after a coalition of news organizations asked that they be released. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 580 words.


CHARLOTTE — A federal jury has awarded $1.5 million to a former North Carolina fire investigator who said she was fired after complaining about the safety of construction work at an office building. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2ppxYn0) that a jury ruled Thursday in favor of Crystal Eschert, who said the Charlotte Fire Department fired her in 2014 because of her concerns over renovations at a new office building. SENT: 360 words.


BRENTWOOD, N.H. — More than 40 years after he sexually assaulted a prospective student at the prestigious Phillips Exeter prep school, a former admissions officer has pleaded guilty to the charge but will serve no jail time. Rockingham Superior Court Judge N. William Delker on Friday approved a plea agreement for 75-year-old Arthur Peekel, a former Illinois high school Teacher of the Year, whose 12-month sentence was suspended. By Michael Casey. ASENT: 630 words, AP Photos NHCK104, NHCK101, NHCK103, NHCK102, NHCK106.


GRAHAM — Among the things Darryl Peebles gives his time to are the Lions Club, fire department, his church and his city. He knows he is not alone. “They do it all around the world, and that is one of the things that holds us together,” Peebles said, “and we’re more alike than we are different.” By Isaac Groves, The Times-News of Burlington. SENT: 610 words, AP Photo NCBUR201.


— BURR-TRUMP, from ARCHDALE — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says he doesn’t think the FBI investigation into alleged links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia is the reason Trump fired FBI director James Comey. SENT: 120 words.

— TRUCK OFF BRIDGE, from WINSTON-SALEM — A North Carolina bridge and the road below it were closed after a delivery truck crashed through a guard rail. SENT: 110 words.

— TRUMP-STUDENT ROCKET, from WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is celebrating a student model rocket named after … him. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 110 words, AP Photos DCEV124, DCEV121, DCEV119.

— SCHOOL THREAT-STUDENT ARRESTED, from NEW BERN — Authorities in North Carolina say a high school student is accused of making threats against the school. SENT: 110 words.

— SEVERE WEATHER, from BATON ROUGE, La. — Authorities say at least one person has been injured after a tornado touched down in Louisiana. SENT: 130 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— HEALTH DEPARTMENT-BED BUGS, from MOREHEAD CITY — A North Carolina health department has closed its doors after the discovery of bed bugs. SENT: 100 words.

— PLYMOUTH-FATAL SHOOTING, from PLYMOUTH — Police in North Carolina have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a pregnant woman in his parents’ house. SENT: 120 words.

— GAY RIGHTS ADVOCATE, from RALEIGH — A former North Carolina legislator who helped lead the fight against the state’s law limiting LGBT protections is going to Washington. SENT: 110 words.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Quarterback Mitch Trubisky showed off some skills at the first day of rookie camp with the Chicago Bears and they had nothing to do with performance on the field. The Bears traded up to draft Trubisky second overall, less than two months after signing Mike Glennon as a free agent to be their starter for the departed Jay Cutler. When Trubisky was drafted, Glennon was the team’s featured guest at a draft day fan party, and there were reports he was upset. By Gene Chamberlain. SENT: 680 words, AP Photos ILNH109, ILNH104, ILNH102, ILNH103, ILNH108, ILNH107, ILNH106, ILNH105, ILNH101.


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