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BC-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

July 6, 2018

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

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

DUKE ENERGY-COAL ASH

RALEIGH — A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power. State utilities regulators late last month decided that both North Carolina divisions of the country’s No. 2 power company could charge ratepayers the first $778 million chunk of a cleanup projected to cost about $5 billion. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COLLEGE CORRUPTION-MARYLAND

RALEIGH — Maryland has joined the list of schools to receive a grand jury subpoena seeking records in the ongoing federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school released two subpoenas to The Associated Press and other media outlets Friday in response to public records requests. That follows North Carolina State’s release in March of a similar subpoena seeking communication records between school officials and its former coaching staff, and ex-Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. and his representatives. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos.

POOL ACCESS DISAGREEMENT-RACE

WINSTON-SALEM — A white man who challenged a black family’s use of a private community’s pool has not only resigned from the homeowner’s association board — he’s also lost his job. Sonoco announced Friday that Adam Bloom is no longer employed by the packaging and industrial products company, saying it doesn’t condone discrimination of any kind, even if it happens outside its workplace. SENT: 500 words.

—With: POOL ACCESS DISAGREEMENT-RACE-THE LATEST.

EXCHANGE-MOUNTAIN TURTLE

ASHEVILLE — The saga of Tommy the tortoise has come to a bittersweet end: After an extensive search that touched hundreds of people, the tortoise has found a new forever home at a tortoise sanctuary in New Jersey. Tommy’s plight was first brought to the public’s attention in a column written by George Ellison in early May. He told the story of Judith Patience, who has cared for Tommy for the last 35 years, but was worried about the future of Tommy’s care as she aged. By Molly Horak of The Asheville Citizen-Times. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos NCASH201-203.

IN BRIEF:

— POND DEATH — Authorities say a 14-year-old North Carolina boy has died while trying to swim across a Michigan pond.

— SMALL PLANE CRASH — A pilot was able to walk away from the crash of a small plane in North Carolina.

— HISTORICAL MARKER-LUMBEE-KKK — North Carolina’s latest historical highway marker commemorates the Lumbee Tribe driving the Ku Klux Klan out of their county in 1958.

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