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Final Energy Star tax-free holiday this weekend

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video Appliance retailers are hoping to cash in on North Carolina's last tax-exempt weekend for qualified Energy Star appliances. Retailers say since this program was introduced five years ago, this has become one of their busiest weekends. Full story...
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NC regulators uphold Duke Energy rate hike

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North Carolina regulators are again approving a 7 percent rate increase for Duke Energy Carolinas customers. Full story...
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Amazon.com raises free shipping minimum to $35

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videoAmazon.com customers will need to spend more money on the site in order to qualify for free shipping. The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. Full story...
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Shirt jacket is hot for men's fall fashion

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video Layering, cuffing and backpacks are trends for men this fall. Michael Vincent of Bloke Apparel in Wilmington has five important things that are a must for men's fall fashion. Full story...
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5 fall fashion essentials for women

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video Kelly Oliver steps away from her boutique, Oliver, to share the 5 'must haves' for the fall season. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Customers surprised to find tax records sold after preparer's death

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video Before she died in July, Margaret Darden had spent most of her life preparing other people's taxes. But after her death her family sold her business, and with it her clients' personal information. Now those customers are searching for answers. Full story...
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New iPhones hit stores

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videoThe new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C hit stores this morning, and so did eager buyers. Verizon Wireless on South College Road in Wilmington had iPhone fans all day. Full story...
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AG wins orders against loan mod scams in Charlotte and Wilmington

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videoTwo companies that charged homeowners illegal fees for help lowering mortgage payments and avoiding foreclosure are now barred from those practices and must pay refunds, Attorney General Roy Cooper said today. Full story...
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Wake Forest Baptist eliminates merit raises

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has cancelled a 1.5% merit raise for employees. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Rocky Point man finally gets package

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videoAfter waiting nearly a month to get a package that had been misaddressed, a Rocky Point man finally got his mail today, one day after WWAY looked into the issue. Full story...
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UPDATE: Rocky Point man should get missing package very soon

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videoIt's a nightmare to think about: Your package lost in the mail indefinitely. But that's been one Pender County man's reality since the end of July. However, an email from the Greensboro U.S. Post office says a package that's been missing for a month should arrive on his doorstep very soon. 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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Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo recall ground beef: E. coli risk

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Supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo are recalling some ground beef because of the risk that the meat has been contaminated with E. coli. Full story...
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Last sales tax holiday for North Carolina shoppers this weekend

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video Attention shoppers. The sales tax holiday weekend is only a few days away, but this will be the last tax free weekend for the state. The change comes as part of a major tax reform measure signed into law last week by Gov. Pat McCrory. Full story...
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Nice weather booms business

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videoMother nature finally took a break from that wet and rainy weather this past month, and beach business couldn't be better. Full story...
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