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Second fire strikes home in 24 hours

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WFD fire crews responded to a residential structure fire at 307 Calhoun Drive this morning. The fire has been extinguished at this time and is in investigative mode. Full story...
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Perdue takes aim at childhood hunger in NC

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Gov. Beverly Perdue is taking aim at childhood hunger in North Carolina by promoting a public-private partnership geared toward increasing participation in meals programs. Full story...
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Carnival company fined after worker dies in NC

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A Georgia company faces a $27,000 fine for safety violations after a carnival worker was killed in North Carolina while dismantling a Ferris wheel in May. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: B.J. Wright has another brush with the law over the weekend

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video B.J. Wright is on the radar again. Sunday morning around 1:00 a.m., he was riding with a woman named Crystal Gayle Lee when state troopers say Lee ran a checkpoint. They chased Lee and Wright and eventually Lee decided to pull over. Full story...
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SpongeBob makes kids slow thinkers, study finds

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He may be one of the longest-running, best-loved cartoons in Nickelodeon history, but SpongeBob SquarePants is getting no love from child psychologists. According to research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, watching fast-paced cartoons like SpongeBob, even for just a few minutes, hinders abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control in preschoolers. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Titan says Obama's overturn of controversial EPA regulation won't help or hurt

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video President Barack Obama scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules earlier this month, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders. "It neither complicates nor simplifies our permitting process – it has no impact," says Carolinas Cement Company President Bob Odom. Full story...
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War veteran shares her unique story with UNCW students

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video Jennifer Crane is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder, Crane now travels the country trying to raise awareness about what many service members are going through in their post-war lives. Full story...
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Bill puts limit on House Speaker and Senate Leader terms

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The House speaker and Senate leader in the North Carolina General Assembly would be limited to serving at most eight consecutive years in their top posts in legislation approved by the state Senate. Full story...
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NC program aimed at removing litter from highways

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The state of North Carolina is launching a new program to rid some of its busiest highways of trash. Full story...
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NC congresswoman canceled 9/11 appearances after threatening story

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A North Carolina congresswoman says she canceled all her appearances at 9/11 anniversary events because she was named in a threatening Iranian state newspaper article. Full story...
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