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Death toll from flu in NC exceeds 2013-14 total

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State health officials say the death toll from the flu in North Carolina has surpassed the total for all of 2013-14 with word of 15 more deaths last week. Full story...
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Judge probes if NC schools move weakens learning standard

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A top North Carolina school official says a change that describes children as on-track in their learning progress though they still need help is part of setting higher academic expectations. Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. held a hearing Wednesday to look into whether state education officials are obeying their constitutional obligation to give every North Carolina child the opportunity to have a sound, basic education. Full story...
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Two wanted in murder of Hoke County motel manager

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Authorities in Hoke County are looking for a pair of 21-year-olds in connection with the death of the manager of a Raeford motel. Several media outlets report warrants have been issued for Samantha Lynn Shilts and Tyler Mark Pierce charging them with first-degree murder and common-law robbery. Full story...
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Idea slowed to shift NC Medicaid program oversight to panel

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Momentum has slowed for a proposal to shift control of North Carolina's Medicaid program from the Department of Health and Human Services to a new eight-member panel of health experts. The General Assembly's government watchdog oversight committee met Wednesday but didn't vote as previously expected on legislation recommended last week by one of its subcommittees. Full story...
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Judge orders NC schools to explain 'academic double-speak'

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The judge overseeing a 20-year-old lawsuit wants to know if North Carolina officials are trying to define their way out of their duty to educate all of the state's children. Full story...
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NC pays $425,000 to family of man mistaken declared dead

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videoNorth Carolina officials have agreed to pay $425,000 to a man who was mistakenly declared dead and shipped to a morgue in 2005. Full story...
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Charlotte woman has front seat at State of the Union address

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A Charlotte wife and mother who credits her surviving a brain tumor to President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul law gets a front row seat for the State of the Union address. Full story...
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