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TOP STORIES:

EARLY VOTING

RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers are looking again at changing the rules on early voting, a popular idea which has prompted legal action. A House committee voted Thursday to change the 17-day early-voting schedule and require more consistent voting times during that period. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— GIRLFRIEND KILLED, from WILMNGTON — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty in the death of his girlfriend last year. SENT: 130 words.

— WRECK-GUILTY PLEA, from WILMINGTON — A man has pleaded guilty for a wreck in North Carolina that killed his friend on New Year's Day. SENT: 130 words.

— MAYOR'S COMPLAINTS, from SHARPSBURG — The mayor of a small town in eastern North Carolina says he's the subject of racial bias. SENT: 130 words.

— KROGERS SHUTTER, from RALEIGH — National grocery chain Kroger will shutter all stores in North Carolina's Triangle region in a move that will affect around 1,500 workers. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

STRIKEOUT UPSWING

OMAHA, Neb. — If the College World Series is like the rest of the season, there will be lots of strikeouts when the final eight teams play for the national championship at TD Ameritrade Park. Strikeout numbers are the highest on record in college baseball, and pitching staffs averaging nine or more Ks per nine innings have tripled the last two years. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 890 words. AP Photos ORALB301, NY150, GFX6827.

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