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Tuesday 05/24/2016
UNCSA mourns loss of founding School of Music faculty member

Robert Listokin, a clarinetist who left a promising concert career in New York to join the fledgling music faculty at what was then the N.C. School of the Arts in 1965, died last week.

Lynch: Civil rights key to suit against LGBT law

FAYETTEVILLE — Civil rights laws exist for anyone victimized because of a physical characteristic they can’t control, and that’s why the U.S. Justice Department challenged a North Carolina law that blocks some legal protections for LGBT citizens, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday.

Cycling center preps to shift into first gear on renovations

The establishment of an elite National Cycling Center in downtown Winston-Salem is nearing the starting line on renovations but remains a long way from the goal of being open by the 2017 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.

Lawsuit alleges EMTs, Surry County officials to blame for woman's suicide

DOBSON — A convicted sex offender who was allowed to be licensed as an emergency medical technician despite his criminal record is part of a lawsuit filed by a mother who blames him and Surry County officials for her daughter’s suicide.

Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews — a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.

One dead in Boone vehicle accident involving moped, tractor trailer

One man is dead after a collision involving a moped and tractor-trailer in Boone on Tuesday.

US seeking death penalty in Charleston church massacre case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday.

Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — She called him “Mr. Cosby” and considered him a trusted friend and mentor.

Deacons baseball moves on to pool play in ACC Tournament

DURHAM — Wake Forest beat Duke 4-3 Tuesday for a victory that has been at least three years in the making.

North Carolina school system proposes ban on skinny jeans

WILMINGTON — A North Carolina school system's proposal to ban skinny jeans and other tight pants is drawing a flood of opposition from students and parents.

Tuesday 05/24/2016
New guidelines suggest obesity surgery more often for diabetes

WASHINGTON — New guidelines say weight-loss surgery should become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are mildly obese.

Rowan school board changes mind, bans pepper spray

SALISBURY — A North Carolina school board has repealed its decision to allow high school students to carry pepper spray, a weapon one board member had said could have been useful for students encountering transgender classmates in the bathroom.

Kenneth Starr reportedly to be removed as Baylor president amid football scandal

Kenneth Starr, best known for his investigation of the Clinton administration, is expected to be removed as Baylor president by the Board of Regents in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving the school and its football team.

Trump says decision to seek donations followed GOP request

NEW YORK — Donald Trump holds his first presidential fundraisers this week. The events directly benefit his campaign, but he doesn’t see it that way.

Mom charged with child abuse for letting son, 11, drive cart on Bald Head Island

BALD HEAD ISLAND — A woman says she was arrested, charged with child abuse and detained for hours for letting her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart during a family vacation on a North Carolina beach resort island.

Company wants to offer helicopter tours at Carolina Beach

SOUTHPORT — A Southport company wants to offer helicopter tours from Carolina Beach this summer.

Competitors in masters cycling event say traveling to Lewisville is part of the fun

LEWISVILLE — Wonder why some cyclists traveled from across the country just to make several circuits around an 18.3-mile course in Lewisville during the 2016 Volkswagen USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships?

Wake Forest University Faculty Senate opposes state bathroom law

The faculty senate at Wake Forest University has voted to adopt the resolution opposing the state law that requires transgender people to use restrooms, showers, locker and changing rooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates in public buildings, schools and universities.

N.C. listed among premium hike leaders in health insurance marketplaces

North Carolinians buying the lowest-cost silver plan in the health-insurance marketplace paid an average 20.6 percent more in premium costs in 2016, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Briefcase

NewBridge lawsuit settlement pushed back

Foreclosure rate dips slightly during April in Winston-Salem area

The foreclosure rates in the Winston-Salem metropolitan statistical area slipped slightly during April, according to national real-estate research firm RealtyTrac.

Adult smoking rate drops to another historic low of 15.1 percent in 2015

Cigarette smoking among adult Americans dropped to a historic low in 2015, nearly two percentage points below the previous level, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

Lawsuits mounting over Santa Fe cigarette marketing claims

The number of federal lawsuits targeting the organic and additive-free marketing claims for the Natural American Spirit brand has climbed to 14.

Silver Alert cancelled for missing 15-year-old Parkland High student

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled a Silver Alert for a missing Parkland High School student.

EgyptAir human remains suggest explosion, forensic expert says

CAIRO — Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burn marks and are very small in size, suggesting an explosion on board may have downed the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said Tuesday.

3 armed men rob Winston-Salem pizza restaurant

Three men armed with handguns robbed a Winston-Salem Pizza Hut Monday night.

Asheville man dies in South Carolina lake

SENECA, S.C. — A North Carolina man has drowned in a South Carolina lake.

State investigates after worker dies at Carteret County construction site

BEAUFORT — The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating after a worker fell at a construction site in Carteret County and later died.

North Carolina man dies at Virginia packaging company

GLADSTONE, Va. — A North Carolina man has died after an incident at an industrial packaging company in Virginia.

Duke Energy signs 2nd deal to get electricity from pig poop

CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy Corp. is taking a second step into pig poop.

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