AP-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

October 19, 2017 - 6:00 pm

The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Skip Foreman.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina's Republican leaders said Thursday that a federal court should reject a deal by the Democratic governor that would affirm the rights of transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger issued a statement accusing Cooper of resurrecting bad feelings surrounding the state's so-called bathroom bill. A compromise deal earlier this year undid the law known as HB2, but its replacement also is being challenged as discriminatory. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 520 words, AP Photo NYCD401.


GREENSBORO — A trial has wrapped up in a North Carolina courtroom where election advocacy groups and Democrats asked judges to throw out the state's congressional districts drawn by Republicans for what they label illegal partisan gerrymandering. A three-judge panel heard four days of testimony and arguments that ended Thursday. The judges didn't immediately rule. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.


WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier. Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, invoked the death of his own son, killed in Afghanistan in 2010, as he lashed out at Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, who earlier this week said that President Donald Trump had been disrespectful in his condolence call to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an ambush in Niger. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,170 words, AP Photos DCPM103, DCPM104, WX105, FLAD102, DCPM105, DCAB110, DCPM106.




WASHINGTON — Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash. Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after the deaths of their loved ones. Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out personally to all families of the fallen, interviews with families members did not support his claim. Some never heard from him at all, and a few who did came away more upset. By Calvin Woodward and Tom Davies. SENT: 1,320 words, AP Photos DCPM106, NYAG305, NYAG306.


ATLANTA — As protests over racial injustice grab national attention in pro sports, some college and university officials are having pre-emptive talks with student-athletes and consulting each other amid concerns that such actions will spread to college sports, according to emails released Thursday. After five black cheerleaders at Kennesaw State University knelt during the national anthem at a September football game, athletic officials there sought advice from their counterparts at schools including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke University and Purdue University. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 710 words, AP Photos GAJM102, GAATJ014, GAATJ105, GAATJ801.


WASHINGTON — A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups. The Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to recommend the nomination of Thomas Farr to the full Senate. If confirmed, he'll serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a post vacant for nearly 12 years. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 370 words.


— WILMINGTON SHOOTINGS, from WILMINGTON — A North Carolina teenager has died after he was shot at a water park. SENT: 120 words.

— ASSAULT CHARGE, from GOLDSBORO — Authorities have accused a North Carolina man of beating his girlfriend twice in one day. SENT: 130 words.

— APARTMENT BUILDING-ARSON CHARGE, from ASHEVILLE — Authorities have accused a man of intentionally setting a fire at a North Carolina apartment building. SENT: 120 words.

— GROCERY EXECUTIVE-SEX CHARGES, from HENDERSONVILLE — Police in North Carolina say an executive for a grocery store chain has been accused of trying to arrange for sex with an underage girl. SENT: 130 words.

— HOME SHOOTING DEATH, from WINSTON-SALEM — A man has died after being found with gunshot wounds outside a home in North Carolina. SENT: 50 words.

— POLICE CHASE-SHOOTING DEATH, from KINGS MOUNTAIN — Police in North Carolina say they have shot and killed a hit-and-run suspect who led officers on a two-state chase and was shooting at them as he ran to elude capture. SENT: 130 words.

— HIGH SCHOOL-TUBERCULOSIS, from DURHAM — Health officials in North Carolina are monitoring more than 260 students and faculty members for tuberculosis at a high school after a student was diagnosed last week. SENT: 130 words.

— DOGFISH FISHING, from PORTLAND, Maine — Fishermen will be allowed to catch slightly less of a species of shark that has become a more frequent target of commercial harvesting in recent years. SENT: 120 words.

— WILDFIRE FORECAST, from ASHEVILLE — Experts say this year should be better than last year for wildfires in western North Carolina, when more than 50 blazes burned thousands of acres. SENT: 130 words.

— COACH K ON TRUMP, from DURHAM — Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski says President Donald Trump "should realize he's accountable to all people." SENT: 130 words.

— JUDGE-NOMINATION, from RALEIGH — A U.S. Senate committee is deciding whether a North Carolina lawyer with a career of defending Republican causes in voting rights and redistricting litigation should become a federal judge. SENT: 130 words.



CHARLOTTE — Notre Dame's grip on the top of the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference might be slipping a bit. Nonetheless, for the fourth straight year the Fighting Irish are picked to win the ACC. No team in league history has swept both the ACC's regular-season and tournament championships in five consecutive years. SENT: 760 words, AP Photos NCCB131, NCCB132, NCCB133, NCCB118, NCCB119, NCCB117, NCCB115.


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