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AP-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hello! The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Jeffrey Collins.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates.

TOP STORIES:

EARLY VOTING

RALEIGH —North Carolina Republican lawmakers are again looking at changing the rules on the state’s extremely popular early in-person voting, which has prompted legal action in the past. A House committee voted Thursday to change the 17-day early voting schedule and require more consistent voting times statewide. House floor debate was expected later Thursday. GOP legislative leaders are trying to clear the decks on statewide bills as time in this year’s session dwindles. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 590 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CRIME LAB EMPLOYEE SHOT, from RALEIGH — Authorities say an employee at North Carolina’s state crime lab accidentally shot herself while testing a weapon. SENT: 130 words.

— ROOMMATE KILLED, from WINSTON-SALEM — Authorities say a 71-year-old inmate in jail for nearly two years after shooting his roommate died after collapsing in his cell in North Carolina. SENT: 130 words.

— PUBLIC SCHOOLS, from RALEIGH — Legislation addressing both high-performing math students and a district with low-performing schools are heading to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. SENT: 130 words.

— 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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The AP, Raleigh

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