AP-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

November 21, 2017 - 6:00 pm

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

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RALEIGH — A woman diagnosed as psychotic when she shot her two children could get a new trial after a North Carolina appeals court decided Tuesday that her lawyer shouldn't have pushed an insanity defense against her wishes. The state Court of Appeals ruled that Tina Stamey Payne was denied her constitutional right of legal assistance when her defense attorney asked the judge to declare her not guilty by reason of insanity. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 440 words.


MOORESVILLE — Lowe's profit more than doubled in the third quarter as Americans along the Gulf Coast loaded up trunks and trucks with material to repair the damage delivered by a pair of gigantic hurricanes. The company said sales related to hurricanes Irma and Harvey reached $200 million in the quarter, pushing revenue to $16.77 billion. That's better than the $16.57 billion Wall Street was looking for and it topped last year's revenue of $15.74 billion. SENT: 280 words. AP Photos FLJAJ214, NYBZ213.


WASHINGTON — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 930 words, AP Photos NYSB211, RPCA103, RPCA100, RPCA101.


— WINSTON-SALEM BELTWAY, from WINSTON-SALEM — The N.C. Court of Appeals has ordered the state Department of Transportation to pay deposits on properties in the path of a beltway. SENT: 120 words.

— WELFARE CHECK-BODY FOUND, from CHARLOTTE — Police performing a welfare check at a North Carolina residence discovered a man's body. SENT: 90 words.

— PEDESTRIAN KILLED, from CHARLOTTE — A jury has convicted a North Carolina man of second-degree murder in the death of a pedestrian following a Carolina Panthers game nearly two years ago. SENT: 120 words.

— BULLDOZER-WORKER KILLED, from ROCKY MOUNT — A worker at a North Carolina landfill site has died after being hit by a bulldozer. SENT: 130 words.

— PROOF OF AGE, from RALEIGH — An appeals court says prosecutors can't use the document needed to get a court-appointed defense lawyer guaranteed by the Constitution to prove a North Carolina man's relationship with a teenage girl was illegal. SENT: 120 words.

— VATICAN CONFERENCE, from RALEIGH — A Protestant minister known as the architect of the Moral Monday protest movement in North Carolina will spend the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend at a Vatican conference dedicated to labor and the workers' movement that includes a meeting with Pope Francis. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN KILLED, from BURLINGTON — Two more teens have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— HURRICANE GRANT MONEY, from FAYETTEVILLE — Residents of two of the North Carolina counties hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew can schedule an appointment to apply for reimbursement of their losses starting Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.

— INMATE OVERDOSE-LAWSUIT, from ASHEVILLE — A state regulatory agency has found that a North Carolina county jail's staffers were deficient in their handling of an inmate who died of an apparent methamphetamine overdose. SENT: 130 words.

— CONJOINED TWINS-NORTH CAROLINA, from MOORESVILLE — Twins born joined at the head have gone home to North Carolina, four months after surgery in Philadelphia separated them. SENT: 130 words.



UNDATED — Arizona coach Sean Miller has seen his second-ranked Wildcats start the year with three easy wins and guard Allonzo Trier put up big numbers seemingly with ease. Things will be tougher this week for Arizona in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which features an eight-team field and includes a potential marquee matchup with another set of talented Wildcats — No. 5 Villanova — in the championship game. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 780 words, AP Photos NY157, NY158, NY159, NY160, INAM111, TNKNN201, NY161.


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