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Vos: System for investigating deaths 'underfunded'

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State Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos says North Carolina's system for investigating suspicious deaths has been "chronically understaffed and underfunded." Full story...
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Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge

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A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon will be on trial in military court on desertion and other charges. A news release Friday says a Marine general has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial. No date has been set. Full story...
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Linamar Corp. adding 125 auto parts jobs in NC

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An auto parts manufacturer is being offered $1.4 million in incentives to add 125 North Carolina jobs that pay average salaries lower than the local average. Full story...
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Graham appearing with NC Senate hopeful Tillis

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The cavalcade of notable Republicans helping Thom Tillis' U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina now includes Sen. Lindsey Graham. South Carolina's senior senator planned an appearance with Tillis on Friday afternoon in Charlotte to discuss national security issues. President Barack Obama's military actions against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria are a likely topic. Full story...
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Ex-NFL player sentenced for role in mortgage fraud

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A former NFL player has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison and two years of supervised release for his role in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins says 43-year-old Jimmy Hitchcock was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty in June 2013 to mortgage fraud conspiracy, bank bribery conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. Full story...
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Duke Energy creates $10 million waterway fund

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Duke Energy says it's creating a $10 million fund for programs to improve and promote water quality and conservation in five states. Duke president Lynn Good said Wednesday the fund reflects the company's commitment to the environment. Nonprofit groups and local governments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia can apply for the money. Full story...
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NC man charged in teenager's hit-and-run death

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Authorities say a Clayton man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old boy waiting for a school bus at his home. Multiple media outlets report 28-year-old Efren Vences was in court on Wednesday, and he apologized for the death of Keith Jones. Vences is charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle. Full story...
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