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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TEEN SHOOTS ATTACKER

FOREST CITY, N.C. — North Carolina authorities say a man fatally shot by a teenager while strangling the girl's mother had faced domestic violence accusations in multiple states. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

RUSSIA PROBE-SENATE

WASHINGTON — For much of the last two years, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has been the Russia investigator who is seen but rarely heard on Capitol Hill. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,040 words.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

FREDERICK, Colo. —Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life — of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children. She called her husband "my ROCK!" and said he was "the best dad us girls could ask for." By Kathleen Foody and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

CNS-CONFEDERATE-NORTH CAROLINA

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — As a little girl growing up in this segregated eastern port city, Bettie Parker's parents told her, "When you see the Confederate flag on a car, run." Six decades later, Parker, this city's first black female mayor, remembers the warning every time she passes the same flag carved into the 30-foot-tall monument stationed next to the county courthouse. By Caroline Hanks and Joseph Foley of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,500 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— 197 MPH: A North Carolina man is accused of pushing his Dodge Challenger to 197 mph (317 kph) during a street race last month.

— UNC ASHEVILLE-DORMS: Hundreds of students at the University of North Carolina-Asheville are left without permanent housing just days before classes are scheduled to begin.

— TAX COLLECTIONS: North Carolina state government got another revenue bump in the final weeks of the most recent fiscal year, money that should further ease budget pressures in the current year.

— NORTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT: North Carolina's unemployment rate trickled lower for the fifth straight month in July to 4.1 percent.

— 4th CIRCUIT APPOINTMENTS: Two members of South Carolina's legal community have been confirmed for slots on a federal appellate court.

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VIRGINIA

CNS-CONFEDERATE-VIRGINIA

LEESBURG, Va. — The Confederate statue here, like so many others around the country, became the subject of renewed concern following the murder of nine black church members by a white supremacist who posed on social media with a Confederate flag. One member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has recommended the statue be moved to Ball's Bluff Battlefield two and a half miles away where the Confederacy defeated the union. Virginia law prevents the county from moving or relocating the monument. In Sept. 2017, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors decided not to ask the state for authority to move the statue, but it asked the county's heritage commission to make recommendations this summer regarding the statue and its surroundings. BY: Alexandria Carolan of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,600 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— SNIPER SHOOTINGS- MALVO: Virginia's attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state's appeal of a ruling granting new sentencing hearings for the man serving life terms for the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region when he was a teenager.

— VIRGINIA EARTHQUAKE: The U.S. Geological Survey says there was a small earthquake in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C.

— MOONING-COACH'S WIFE: The moon over Virginia was half-visible that May evening, as was the one on the softball field, authorities say.

— BUSCH GARDENS FIRE: Virginia's Busch Gardens theme park has had its second fire in under a month.

— PLANE DIVERTED-SENTENCE: A woman whose drunken antics forced a New York-bound flight to make an unplanned landing at Dulles Airport has been sentenced to two years' probation.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

CNS-CONFEDERATE-MARYLAND

EASTON, Md. — When residents here describe their town, they describe a paradise. There's no crime and everyone_black and white_gets along in neighborhoods just a few miles from the banks of the Eastern Shore's Tred Avon River in Talbot County. Those waters, however, once led to one of the most prominent slave ports in the country. Talbot County profited off of the human cargo the ships carried, condemning slaves to labor that sustained thriving agriculture and seafood industries. Throughout the 20th century, black and white communities in Easton developed into the largely middle-class households they are today, but as parallel, segregated worlds. Lines started to blur once segregation ended. But as much as Easton and its neighbor Unionville may want to move past the deeply unequal relationships that etched their past, they can never quite escape them. This proximity is one reason why a recent but unresolved debate about taking down Easton's Confederate statue has been so delicate. By Teri West and Kirstyn Flood of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,900 words by 3:30 p.m.

CNS-CONFEDERATE-VETERANS

CATONSVILLE, Md. — A huge Confederate flag flies above the family home of retired Air Force Lt. Col. John P. Zebelean III. In the yard is a redbud tree grown from a cutting of one belonging to Gen. Robert E. Lee. A cat named Sherman, after the famous Union general, mills about. In the basement, where Zebelean lived until his mother died and he moved upstairs to her room, are Civil War photos, a musket, the Confederate flag he flew in his dorm room at the University of Maryland and other reminders of the era he adores and celebrates. Zebelean, the division adjutant for the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Terry Klima, its commander, talked recently with CNS about the organization, the Civil War and what both men see as an inaccurate portrait of them and the group as white supremacists. By Jacqueline A. Tanner and Ariel Guillory of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,400 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— ESTRANGED WIFE-ABDUCTED: Police say a man abducted his estranged wife in Delaware, then killed himself after a chase in West Virginia.

— GRANDSON SMOTHERED: A 53-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to fatally smothering her 3-year-old grandson with a washcloth.

— GOUCHER-MAJOR CUTS: A Maryland liberal arts college is cutting several majors and minors amid a cost-cutting "academic revitalization."

— BALTIMORE POLICE-REVIEW BOARD: An independent review panel has voted unanimously to subpoena the Baltimore Police Department for withheld internal affairs cases.

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