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NC Criminal justice changes could mean more prisoner penalties

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North Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to legislation that would prevent prisoners from using cellphones and make it easier for state crime laboratory workers to testify. Full story...
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Some 911 cellphone calls lack accurate information

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A coalition pushing a federal agency to update wireless technology for emergency callers is pointing to problems in North Carolina to raise awareness of the issue. Full story...
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Mobile apps, gadgets give parents control over kids' phone, safety

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videoThe school year is getting underway, and with all of the new, high-tech phones on the market, school offices will soon be filling up with confiscated devices. So what can you do to keep your student safe and out of trouble when it comes to cell phones? Full story...
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Company will not build tower along Market Street

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videoA South Carolina company has decided not to pursue its bid to build a 190-foot cell phone tower at 7238 Market St. Full story...
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Ogden neighborhood not happy about cell tower plan

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video A new, nearly 200-foot cell phone tower is on the horizon if New Hanover County approves a special-use permit. But it won't reach the sky if some residents have anything to say about it. Full story...
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Verizon unveils details on new data sharing plan

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Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices. In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge. Full story...
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First NC town bans cellphones while driving

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Chapel Hill will be the first North Carolina community to ban using cellphones while driving when a local ordinance takes effect in June. Full story...
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Verizon reverses on $2 fee for one-time payments

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After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless is dropping a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards. Full story...
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Local drivers doubt cell phone ban while driving

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video The National Transportation Safety Board says after completing its investigation into a deadly car crash in Missouri, it found that texting caused the accident that killed two people and injured 38 others. The NTSB is now recommending that every state ban the use of cell phones, hand-held or hands free, behind the wheel. Drivers in Wilmington say they don’t think it will work. Full story...
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NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

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Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies. Full story...
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HEALTHWATCH: New study says cellphone radiation levels exceed 'safe' limits for adults and children

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A government test used to measure the radiation people absorb from their cellphones might underestimate the levels to which most adults and children are exposed, according to a group of doctors and researchers whose stated mission is to promote awareness of environmental health risks they believe may be linked to cancer. Full story...
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MS woman accused of cell phone fraud in NC

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A Mississippi woman has been charged in a cell phone scheme in North Carolina. Full story...
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NC town considers ban on cell phones while driving

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Chapel Hill town officials are tired of waiting for the state to decide whether to ban cell phone use while driving and will take up the question themselves. Full story...
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Triangle to get new area code

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North Carolina's booming population and the proliferation of cell phones mean people calling numbers in the Research Triangle region are going to have to get used to some new digits. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: So much for transparency; New Hanover County Commissioners able to conduct county business in secret

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videoWe discovered a disturbing loophole this week in New Hanover County policy that's allowing County Commissioners to conduct county business in secret on their county cell phone with no accountability. Full story...
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