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AP-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates.

TOP STORIES:

BROTHERS PARDONED

RALEIGH — A federal judge says he will approve $1 million in settlements from a North Carolina town to two half brothers wrongfully imprisoned for 30 years in the killing of an 11-year-old girl. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said Thursday he will also review any fees sought by lawyers for Henry McCollum and Leon Brown before the settlements with the town of Red Springs are finalized. A county sheriff and state agents named as defendants aren’t part of the settlement. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 120 words, AP Photos NCRAL901, NYSH105. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

BRIDGE COLLAPSE-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Truck driver Bill Needham braced for death at the bottom of the Ohio River after a bridge collapse in West Virginia 50 years ago sent his rig and dozens of other vehicles into the frigid waters. A crucial joint in the 39-year-old Silver Bridge’s eyebar suspension system snapped from years of corrosion and neglect, and the normal vibrations of heavy rush-hour traffic on U.S. Route 35 shook it apart on Dec. 15, 1967. Cars and trucks that had been stuck in traffic on the bridge due to a malfunctioning traffic light tumbled into the river at Point Pleasant, and 46 people perished. By John Raby. SENT: 670 words, AP Photos NCGB102, NCGB103, NCGB101, AX602, WVHUN601.

GREAT RECESSION-10 YEARS LATER-REGIONAL INEQUALITY

UNDATED — As the nation’s economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle’s was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you look, there are signs of a thriving city: Building cranes looming over streets, hotels crammed with business travelers, tony restaurants filled with diners. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 2,040 words. AP Photos NYBZ801, NYBZ802, NYBZ803, NYBZ804, NYBZ805, NYBZ806, NYBZ807, NYBZ808, NYBZ809, NYBZ810, GFX5140, GFX5141. Note North Carolina angle.

REVEAL-GOODYEAR TIRE PLANTS

UNDATED — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is among the deadliest manufacturers in the nation for workers - resulting in deaths of five workers since 2015 - and the company’s safety lapses have also contributed to deaths of motorists on the road, a six-month investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. Tires involved in three fatal accidents were manufactured in Goodyear plants in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Danville, Virginia, where intense production demands and leaks in the roof during storms have endangered both workers and consumers, Reveal’s investigation found. By Jennifer Gollan Of Reveal From The Center For Investigative Reporting. SENT: 1, 400 words, AP Photos AX604, AX602, AX601, AX603.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL WRECK-GIRL, from TARBORO — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a man and a 4-year-old girl have been killed in a crash. SENT: 120 words.

— INTERSTATE 140, from WILMINGTON — A ribbon cutting is scheduled for a new section of Interstate 140 in North Carolina, but it will be a bit longer before motorists can use it. SENT: 120 words.

— IRMA EVACUEE-POLICE SHOOTING, from HUNTERSVILLE — A North Carolina prosecutor won’t charge police who fatally shot a 76-year-old evacuee from Hurricane Irma after the man fired shots inside a hospital where he sought treatment. SENT: 110 words.

— FATAL MOBILE HOME FIRE, from SHERRLLS FORD — Officials in North Carolina say a man has died in a mobile home fire. SENT: 110 words.

— LONGTIME FUGITIVE CONVICTED, from ATLANTA — A man who spent nearly eight years on the run after a slaying in Atlanta has been convicted and sentenced to prison. SENT: 120 words. Please note N.C. angle.

— RESTAURANT MANAGER-EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGE, from GASTONIA — Authorities have arrested the general manager of a North Carolina restaurant and accused him of stealing more than $26,000 from the store. SENT: 90 words.

— RAPE SUSPECT-FREEZER, from JACKSONVILLE — Authorities say a man wanted for first-degree rape has been captured after he hid in a freezer at a North Carolina convenience store. SENT: 120 words.

— XGR--LEGISLATIVE COMPLEX-SECURITY, from RALEIGH — The police chief for North Carolina’s legislative complex says he believes installing metal detectors where the General Assembly works can be done in a way that balances security with the public’s access to see legislation enacted. SENT: 120 words.

— BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, from ASHEVILLE — The Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened in the Asheville corridor, one week after a snowstorm closed it down in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED, from RAEFORD — A second person has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman in North Carolina last year. SENT: 120 words.

— FRONT YARD KILLING, from HOPE MILLS — Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina are looking for a person of interest after a man died after being found in the front yard of a home with a gunshot wound. SENT: 130 words.

— GE HITACHI NUCLEAR ENERGY-LAYOFFS, from WILMINGTON — GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has confirmed layoffs at its North Carolina plant. SENT: 130 words.

— DEPORTATION-CHURCH SANCTUARY, from DURHAM — As the faith-based sanctuary movement in North Carolina grows, a church has become the latest worship house to shelter a person fighting a deportation order. SENT: 130 words.

— BUSINESS INTERSTATE 40 PROJECT, from WINSTON-SALEM — Contractors are ending the daytime closures on the Business Interstate 40 Improvement Project. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--CHARLOTTE-PRICE

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte 49ers fired men’s basketball coach Mark Price on Thursday. The school announced that Price was released from his contract effective immediately. Assistant coach Houston Fancher, who has 12 years of head coaching experience, will serve as the 49ers interim head coach. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 350 words.

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