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AP-NC--North Carolina News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, NC

May 16, 2018


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Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in North Carolina. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to interim Carolinas News Editor Jeffrey Collins at 803-603-8675 or at jscollins@ap.org. Jack Jones is on the desk, followed by Skip Foreman at 2 p.m.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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RALEIGH — Thousands of teachers are set to hit the streets of North Carolina’s capital on Wednesday, determined to force a political showdown over wages and funding priorities for public school classrooms in this conservative, tax-cutting state. As many as 15,000 teachers were expected to defy forecasts of rain for a rally in Raleigh as the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session. Previous strikes, walkouts and protests in West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma have led legislators in each state to improve pay, benefits or overall school funding. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: 700 words from rally. AP Photo NY503.


RALEIGH — The opening day of North Carolina’s General Assembly session will be marked by thousands of teachers descending on the Legislative Building to lobby for more school funding and higher salaries. The gavels go down on the House and Senate floor meetings at midday Wednesday. The legislature’s chief chore for the next several weeks is to adjust the state government budget. By Gary Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words from noon session.


CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers are off the market. The Panthers announced Wednesday they’ve signed a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 570 words. AP Photos NY150, NY151, NY153, NY152.



— PANTHERS TRAINING CAMP, from SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The impending sale of the Carolina Panthers could change the team’s long-term policy of holding summer training in South Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— KAYAK DEATH, from ASHEVILLE — A Florida man has died in a kayak accident on a river in western North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— COOKIE DOUGH SPILL, from WILMINGTON — A truck carrying cookie dough created a sticky situation when it had lost some of its load on a North Carolina highway. SENT: 130 words.


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