BC-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

January 13, 2018 - 5:43 pm

The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Martha Waggoner.

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TOP STORIES:

OVERDOSE MYSTERY

MYRTLE BEACH — A North Carolina mother who got text messages telling her that her daughter is dead has not been able to find the missing woman in South Carolina, where she last lived. SENT: 420 words

EXCHANGE-CHERISHED CHILDREN

HIGH POINT — For 17 years, Shannon Newby had believed she wouldn't be able to have any more children. So in late 2014, when she and her husband, Dwight, learned Shannon was seven weeks pregnant, you could've knocked them over with a pacifier. Then they learned their boy would have Down syndrome. By Jimmy Tolin, the High Point Enterprise. SENT: 1630 words. Also moved in advance as an AP Member Exchange. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA, from CHARLOTTE — A shooting outside its front door has caused the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to tighten public access to its headquarters. SENT: 120 words.

— THREE BILLBOARDS-NC TOURISM, from RALEIGH — North Carolina is promoting the locations where the award-winning "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was filmed as tourist destinations. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILDREN FORCED TO WORK, from FAYETTEVILLE — Four women charged in connection with a religious organization that police say forced children to work in North Carolina fish markets for little or no money have turned themselves in. SENT: 130 words.

— BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY DONATION, from ASHEVILLE — A Florida man has donated five undeveloped home sites that will add to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT, from RALEIGH — Transportation officials in North Carolina say the state's program of rail infrastructure improvements is complete. SENT: 130 words.

— HIGHWAY PATROL-INTERN PROGRAM, from RALEIGH — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is launching this month a 40-hour high school internship program designed to increase positive relationships among youth across the state. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-WAKE FOREST-DUKE

DURHAM — A virus kept Mike Krzyzewski from coaching No. 7 Duke. Guard Gary Trent Jr. spent most of a timeout with his head over a bucket. Even without Coach K, the Blue Devils came away from another Wake Forest game feeling pretty good. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 650 words. AP Photos.

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