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Smithfield posts first profitable year since 2008

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Smithfield Foods has recorded its first profitable year since 2008, when recession gripped the country, and posted record fourth-quarter profits as the world's largest hog producer was able to command higher prices. Full story...
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FEMA deadline for NC tornado victims approaches

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Less than a week remains to register for disaster assistance because of losses from the tornadoes that struck North Carolina April 16. Full story...
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Democrats Hill, Brisson to vote for budget veto override

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video Gov. Bev Perdue made history yesterday when she became the first North Carolina governor to veto a spending plan. But this budget proposal is far from dead. Five Democrats voted for the Republican-led proposal; two of them right here in our area. But will they stand by their word when it comes to overriding the governor's veto? Full story...
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Travis Pait named West Bladen basketball coach

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Ken Cross shook up Bladen County when he left the West Bladen Knights in order to coach the East Bladen Eagles. Today the Knights introduced the replacement for Ken Cross. It'll be Bladenboro native Travis Pait. Full story...
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Bladen County's Trelonnie Owens named assistant basketball coach at South View

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At Bladenboro High School his friends called him "Tree" because he took up a lot of space on the basketball court. Owens recently returned to his roots. In fact the former Wake Forest Demon Deacon lives in Bladen County once again, but he'll be coaching in Cumberland County during the upcoming hoops season. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: After one year on job West Bladen principal making impact

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videoIt was a year ago that West Bladen High School made headlines for several incidents on campus. But a new school year and a new principal have put the school in a whole new light. Full story...
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Topsail's Wil Thomas wins 2-A high jump title

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Wil Thomas of Topsail is a state champion. East Bladen's CJ Melvin is a state runner-up, yet Melvin did beat her personal best throw in the shot put by three feet on Saturday. Full story...
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Gov. says budget battle for education is not a partisan issue, it's philosophical

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The budget battle in Raleigh is coming down to the wire, and Gov. Bev Perdue says things will start getting dicey on June 30. Full story...
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FEMA already has OK'd $6.5M following NC tornadoes

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About $6.5 million in government assistance already has been approved for displaced or distressed residents and businesses after last month's deadly tornadoes, emergency officials told state lawmakers Monday but said they're trying to overcome obstacles to let people know about the help. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Ken Cross leaving West Bladen for East Bladen

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West Bladen basketball coach Ken Cross has resigned in order to accept the vacant head coaching position at rival East Bladen High School. The Bladen County School Board approved the move Monday night. Full story...
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Storm recovery focus of new NC legislative panel

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North Carolina lawmakers are meeting to keep tabs on the needs of thousands of homeowners and businesses whose property was damaged by deadly tornadoes last month and whether more should be done to help these and future storm victims. Full story...
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Community works to come together after severe storms

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video From demolished homes and buildings to loved ones lost, many folks in our region are working to put the pieces of their lives back together. Full story...
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Disaster food assistance available in counties impacted by tornadoes

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North Carolina is offering help putting food on the table to victims of the devastating storms that swept through the state earlier this month. Full story...
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Several tornadoes reported; damage reported in Columbus, Pender

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What damage did you see? If you have photos or video of the storms or the damage, send them along to newsroom@wwaytv3.com. Full story...
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Storm threat has Ammon residents on edge

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videoThere were tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms throughout Bladen County again today. In Ammon, where storms a couple weeks ago killed three people, the day was particularly tense. Full story...
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