AP-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

February 27, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Hello! The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Jeffrey Collins.

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CHARLOTTE — Former President Bill Clinton first saw the late Rev. Billy Graham as a boy when a Sunday School teacher brought him to a football stadium for a crusade. More than 30 years later, Clinton would join 10 other presidents who were ministered personally by the "Pastor to Presidents." As Clinton paid his respects to Graham on Tuesday, one thing stuck out in his mind about those one-on-one White House chats. SENT: 470 words, photos., video.



WINGATE — A North Carolina man was charged Tuesday with a fatal shooting captured live on Facebook not far from a town's police department. Jail records show Douglas Cleveland Colson was being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder. SENT: 270 words.


CHARLOTTE — An officer who flies helicopters for police in North Carolina's largest city was charged Tuesday with 28 sex crimes after a woman reported she was abused several years ago starting as a preteen, authorities said. The victim, now 17, told investigators that Matthew Porter sexually assaulted her for three years from 2010 to 2013, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Katrina Graue said. SENT: 210 words.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report. The new report blames U.S. policymakers and elected officials, saying they're not doing enough to heed the warning on deepening poverty and inequality that was highlighted by the Kerner Commission five decades ago and it lists areas where the country has seen "a lack of or reversal of progress." By Russell Contreras. SENT: 930 words. AP Photos NYSB211, NYSB212, NYSB210, NYSB213. Note North Carolina angle.


WASHINGTON — Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is "actively exploring" ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. President Donald Trump again brought up the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors this week, invoking a time when states maintained facilities for mentally ill and developmentally disabled people. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 790 words. AP Photos DCEV104, DCEV105. Note North Carolina angle.


— ELECTIONS SECURITY, from RALEIGH — North Carolina election administrators are asking state lawmakers for additional money and changes in the law to improve the security of registration and balloting from external and internal threats. SENT: 130 words.

— ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE, from RALEIGH — A proposed pipeline to bring fracked natural gas from West Virginia to points east and south has won another North Carolina state permit. SENT: 130 words.

— COOPER-CABINET SALARIES, from RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet members have received additional raises since getting appointed last year above and beyond the $1,000 increases lawmakers approved for state employees last summer. SENT: 130 words.

— FINANCIAL SERVICES JOBS, from RALEIGH — North Carolina's governor has announced that the financial services firm Ernst & Young LLP is bringing 375 jobs to the state. SENT: 130 words.

— TROOPER WOUNDED, from RICHMOND, Va. — A North Carolina woman accused of shooting a Virginia State trooper after a high-speed chase in the Richmond area has pleaded guilty to some charges she faced in the incident. SENT: 130 words.

— STOLEN FLAGS, from RALEIGH — Police patrolling North Carolina's state government complex are still trying to find people they say stole the U.S. and state flags from atop the Justice Department building in the middle of the night. SENT: 130 words.

— LEGISLATIVE BUILDING-ARRESTS, from RALEIGH — A judge says the case of two people arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building during a protest will continue. SENT: 130 words.

— NORTHWESTERN-STUDENT DIES, from EVANSTON, Ill. — Evanston police are investigating the weekend death of a Northwestern University student who was from North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— DAYCARE ABUSE, from REIDSVILLE — A second worker has been arrested in a child abuse investigation at a daycare center in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD SLAIN-NORTH CAROLINA, from JACKSONVILLE — The man charged with killing a 3-year-old North Carolina girl last year has pleaded not guilty to all charges. SENT: 130 words.

— HIKER-WATERFALL DEATH, from OLD FORT — A Georgia man has fallen to his death from a North Carolina waterfall. SENT: 130 words.



CHAPEL HILL — Ninth-ranked North Carolina plays its final home game on Tuesday night when it hosts Miami. The Tar Heels can clinch a top-four seed and the double-round bye in the ACC Tournament that comes with it by beating the Hurricanes. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words from 9 p.m. tip, photos.


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