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RALEIGH -- Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper swooped in Monday to put his stamp on a state appeals court that's become a new flashpoint with the Republican-dominated General Assembly, appointing a replacement judge 15 minutes after a Republican jurist resigned. Cooper's office announced that Court of Appeals Judge Douglas McCullough resigned Monday morning and the governor would fill the vacancy with former appeals court judge John Arrowood. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 530 words.


RALEIGH -- Republicans have unveiled legislation depicted as a compromise that prevents North Carolina school districts from having to cut supplemental programs to reduce average class sizes in early grades. A bill approved by a Senate committee Monday evening would phase-in the reductions for the maximum class sizes in kindergarten through third grades currently scheduled for next fall. Now, those caps won't have to be met until fall 2018. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.


CHARLOTTE -- A man conspired with his wife and mother to traffic three minors for sex in South Carolina to help him make bail, federal prosecutors said Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release that Zerrell Fuentes, 22, his wife, Brianna Wright, 24, and his mother, Tanya Fuentes, 53, each face a number of sex trafficking charges. A federal grand jury issued an eight-count indictment on Friday. SENT: 290 words, AP Photo NYSH101.


YORK, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania mother, her son and his 3-year-old daughter have been found shot to death in what authorities say was an apparent murder-suicide stemming from a custody dispute over the child. Officers who were asked to check on the occupants of a Manchester Township home Sunday night found the three family members dead with gunshot wounds, the Northern York County Regional Police Department said Monday. SENT: 280 words. Please note N.C. interest.


-- XGR--COOPER-VETO -- North Carolina Senate Republicans have quickly completed their part in overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a measure trying a second time to combine the state elections board and ethics commission. SENT: 130 words.

-- XGR--UNC-NCAA-PUBLIC RECORDS, from RALEIGH -- A measure affirming documents held by University of North Carolina system schools about their member athletic organizations -- like the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference -- are public records has cleared its first legislative hurdle. SENT: 120 words.

-- XGR--PLASTIC BAG BAN, from RALEIGH -- A 2009 law prohibiting Outer Banks retailers from providing plastic bags to customers would be repealed in a wide-ranging environmental measure advancing through the state Senate. SENT: 130 words.

-- XGR--GOVERNOR-LITIGATION COSTS, from RALEIGH -- Outside legal costs in the fight between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina legislative leaders over laws approved before Cooper took office reducing his powers have mounted quickly. SENT: 130 words.

-- STUDENT LOANS-ATTORNEYS GENERAL, from BOSTON -- Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. SENT: 130 words.

-- INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT-TWO CHARGED, from GREENVILLE -- Authorities in North Carolina say two people are facing charges after a man was accused of inappropriate contact with a teenage girl. SENT: 120 words.

-- DUKE GIFT, from DURHAM -- Duke University has received $20 million for a scholarship program for first-generation, minority students. SENT: 120 words.



RALEIGH -- The first NBA deadline college coaches had circled on their calendars was Sunday -- the last date players could declare for the draft. The next date they have circled is May 24. That's when players who have entered the draft but not hired an agent have can withdraw and return to school if they aren't comfortable with the feedback they're getting from NBA teams. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 790 words, AP Photos NY907, NY908, NY909.


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