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Archive - May 14, 2012

THE RANT: Perdue proving to be lamest duck

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video There are few greater signs of failure in politics then a term-limited incumbent choosing not to run for reelection. Gov. Bev Perdue can say she chose not to run again so she could spend her final year in office fighting for education, but there's little doubt that she chose to pass on a run for a second term to avoid what many expected to be a potentially embarrassing loss in November. But the way things are going, she'll be hard pressed to avoid embarrassment in general. Full story...
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STORMTRACK 3: Severe thunderstorms, possible tornadoes, flooding

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Severe weather was reported Monday. Full story...
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Despite ending campaign spending, Ron Paul supporter says race is far from over

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video Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he will end active campaigning. However, that does not mean that he's suspending his campaign, despite trailing far behind Mitt Romney. Full story...
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Duke U. gives Brodhead 5 more years as president

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Duke University's trustees want Richard Brodhead to stay the school's presidents for another five years. Full story...
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NC Democrats want clarity on Legislature visiting

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Democratic leaders of the North Carolina Legislature want the House and Senate Republican chiefs to ensure people can meet with elected officials outside the chamber doors. Full story...
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NC gov speaks to Mississippi gov after comments

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Gov. Beverly Perdue has spoken to Mississippi's governor after she criticized the approval of last week's referendum banning gay marriage by saying it made North Carolina "look like Mississippi." But her spokesman said Perdue didn't apologize for her remarks. Full story...
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NC child safety task force makes recommendations

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A state panel focused on reducing child deaths in North Carolina wants lawmakers this year to spend money promoting healthier pregnancies and safer infants while upgrading smoke-alarm requirements. Full story...
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Advocates to fight against NC law on nuclear costs

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Consumer, environmental and energy advocates say they'll fight a potential North Carolina law change allowing Duke Energy to more easily pass costs of a new nuclear plant to customers. Full story...
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Groups differ on ballpark funding plan

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video While there's a lot of support from the business community for a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington, it is not unanimous support. The Privately Funded Baseball Alliance, started by a local business owner, announced its arrival on the steps of City Hall today. In attendance were other established groups who are for and against a publicly-funded ballpark. Full story...
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Brothers start cross-country walk for charity at Wrightsville Beach

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video In life there are trips, and then there are journeys. Two brothers are walking coast to coast in an effort to raise awareness and money for charity. Their journey started this morning in Wrightsville Beach. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Toxicology report reveals UNCW teen died from lethal drug combination

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According to the report, 18 year-old Bryce Scott died from a combination of medications. Opana, which is similar to Oxycodone, was found along with Valium in Scott’s body. Full story...
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Woman says ad for TV antenna misleads consumers

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video How would you like "Free TV with no bills?" That's what a newspaper ad boasts, but it's leaving some consumers feeling misled and tricked. Full story...
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Video helps catch home break-in suspect

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Caught on tape and under arrest. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says footage from a break-in helped them nab the bad guy. Full story...
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Autopsy: Man found in car off Figure 8 drowned

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A preliminary autopsy report is in for a New York investor found in a submerged car off Figure 8 Island. The report says Benjamin Robert Williamson died from saltwater drowning. Full story...
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Dalton challenges McCrory to debates across NC this summer

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In a press conference at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today challenged his gubernatorial opponent Pat McCrory to a series of eight town hall debates on jobs and education to be held at community colleges in every region of the state. Full story...
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