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ONLY ON 3: DA candidates talk about the Soles bill to split the district

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video "Soles has a history of abusing his office and abusing his power," says Joe Sinsheimer, a consultant for the Democratic Party. "And it's incumbent upon Senator Basnight to take a stand and publicly rebuke Senator Soles for this kind of self-serving and embarrassing legislation." Full story...
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Charlotte Observer: Soles should resign immediately

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Charlotte Observer editorial: "Senator's maneuvers reflect rot in politics. Soles should resign now and N.C. Senate should kill his bills." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Gore admits he helped write pension bill

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video An e-mail from Gore to Brunswick County Democratic Party chair also raises questions about Sen. Soles's bill to split 13th judicial district. Full story...
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Head-on collision kills two in Columbus County

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video Two Columbus County families are mourning the loss of a loved one. An East Columbus High School student collided head-on with a Columbus County transportation driver Monday morning on Old Lake Road just north of the high school. Full story...
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Soles introduces bills to create new DA, lower pension requirements

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video Sen. R.C. Soles may be leaving the legislature, but he's not going quietly. The longest serving member in the history of the legislature filed a bill today that would split the 13th judicial district. Full story...
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Recreation could be cut from unhealthiest county's budget

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Just three months after being named the unhealthiest county in the state, Columbus County may cut funds for recreational facilities. The proposed county budget will be unveiled tonight. Full story...
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Former cop arrested for impersonating cop

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A former Fair Bluff and Tabor City police officer has been arrested again, this time for impersonating a police officer. Full story...
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Fatal stabbing in Tabor City

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A domestic dispute turned deadly in Tabor City tonight. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Woman beaten outside hospital

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video An elderly woman with ties to Tabor City was badly beaten and had her car stolen just over the state line at Loris Community Hospital in Horry County. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man shot by Soles tells his side of story

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videoKyle Blackburn is now telling his side of the story, explaining that he did not talk before now because he feared for his life. Blackburn says the senator has paid him more than $100,000 over the years to keep quiet about what he knows about him. Full story...
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Strickland released from prison

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Strickland spent the last several months behind bars at the Western Youth Institute in Morganton. He was sent there after leading police on a high-speed chase in a Corvette paid for by Soles. Full story...
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West Columbus High School students back in class

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video The West Columbus High School students who were stranded in Denmark thanks to a volcanic ash cloud were back in class today. The 12 students missed about a week of school, but believe it or not, they're glad to be be back in the classroom. Full story...
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Man shot by Sen. Soles says lawmaker paid him $100,000 to keep quiet

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"He doesn't help anybody and everybody. He helps people who know something about him, something he doesn't want told. He'll give them whatever they ask for to keep them quiet," Kyle Blackburn said. Full story...
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Columbus County moves to electronic warrant system

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The new computerized system, which starts tomorrow, lets officers print criminal processes for warrants, orders for arrests and summons when they're needed. That way, they won't have to carry around a bunch of unnecessary paperwork. Full story...
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Warrant issued for B.J. Wright

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A Columbus County judge has issued an arrest warrant for B.J. Wright, the man involved in numerous run-ins with state Sen. R.C. Soles. If caught, the judge has ordered Wright's bond set at $5 million. Full story...
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