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Archive - Jun 11, 2012

Mexican cartels using small NC towns to traffic drugs

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videoWilmington certainly fits the bill for a cartel sub-hub. It has the obligatory major thoroughfare, I-40, which runs all the way to Barstow, CA, 2,500 miles away. Wilmington's Latinos constitute only around 6 percent of the city's population, but outlying counties like Cumberland, Sampson and Duplin have watched their Latino numbers skyrocket in the past two decades. Employment -- construction in the city and farming in the counties -- is the big draw. Full story...
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Deputies need help identifying break-in suspect caught on camera

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a suspect caught on camera. He is wanted for a breaking and entering that took place in May at a home off Medallion Place in the Ogden area. Full story...
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NC, ethanol-maker see green in field-grown fuel

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North Carolina's farm economy, already the state's largest industry, could be nearing a milestone as policymakers and business executives take another stab at betting on ethanol. Full story...
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Police, family hope billboard will help solve cold case murders

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video Wilmington Police hope a billboard on Oleander Drive can help generate leads in some unsolved murder cases. The family of Allison Jackson Foy believes the billboard could make the difference when it comes to the unsolved murder case of their loved one. Full story...
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NC Senate spends less than House in budget changes

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North Carolina state Senate leaders are taking a more cautious approach to proposed budget adjustments than the House by spending less and setting aside more money in reserve in case Medicaid costs get out of hand. Full story...
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NC to review proposed Duke-Progress merger

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North Carolina officials expect to lay out a schedule for their consideration of Duke Energy's proposed takeover of Progress Energy. Full story...
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Autism brain samples damaged after freezer problem

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Scientists say a freezer malfunction at a Boston-area hospital has damaged one-third of the world's largest collection of autism brain samples. Full story...
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Supreme Court refuses to hear 'birther' argument again

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The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal challenging President Barack Obama's US citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief. Full story...
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Group says NC violated separation of church, state

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A humanist group is claiming that the state of North Carolina violated the first amendment by allowing voting in churches that advocated anti-gay political stances. Full story...
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NRC schedules public meeting to discuss performance of Brunswick Nuclear

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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, June 21, to discuss the agency's assessment of safety performance during 2011 at the Brunswick nuclear power plant. The plant, operated by Progress Energy, is located near Southport. Full story...
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