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NC Senate puts insurance requirement in moped bill

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North Carolina senators are considering a bill to require moped drivers to have insurance for the vehicles. A Senate committee approved the bill Wednesday. Full story...
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McCrory issues 3rd veto as NC governor

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has quickly vetoed a bill with several small unemployment insurance changes because he didn't like how legislators altered the terms of a board he appoints to consider the appeals of benefits. Full story...
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CFPUA warns of problems with wipes in the pipes

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videoFrom babies to windows, there seems to be a wipe for just about everything. But the growing trend is becoming a growing problem, especially when it comes to so-called flushable wipes. With a name like that you'd think the wipes are, well, flushable, but the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority says that's not the case. Full story...
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NC Senate panel changes product liability bill

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A Senate panel has rejected proposals that would have made it harder for North Carolinians to sue manufacturers. Senators voted Tuesday to remove a provision that would exempt manufacturers from liability over its products, as long as the products met all government regulations when they were sold. Full story...
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Reeds Jewelers now accepting bitcoin

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Wilmington-based Reeds Jewelers said Tuesday that it is accepting bitcoin for payment in all 64 of its retail locations and online. Bitcoin is a digital currency that is exchanged online without using banks or other financial institutions. Full story...
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Shuckin' Shack inks first franchise deal

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The oyster bar that began in Carolina Beach is headed for the Queen City. Shuckin' Shack's first franchised location will be in Charlotte. Full story...
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NC, 44 states settle with GlaxoSmithKline

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North Carolina's attorney general says GlaxoSmithKline is paying 45 states $105 million to settle allegations that the company unlawfully marketed drugs. Full story...
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The Fork 'n' Cork: From food truck to restaurant

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videoWhat used to be one of Wilmington's favorite food trucks has become the newest addition to downtown's restaurant scene. Owner James Smith says starting out as a food truck was the perfect stepping stone to opening a full restaurant. Full story...
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UPDATE: Leland woman says she lost $5,400 in jury duty phone scam

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videoA 63-year-old woman says she is still shaken up after a man fooled her out of thousands of dollars. She is not the first victim to fall prey to this scam that now has the attention of federal investigators. Full story...
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Wilmington wants input on brewery rules

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videoMicrobreweries are foaming up in the Port City. Now Wilmington is asking for your input. City code does not identify breweries as a type of business. Tomorrow night Wilmington will hold a meeting letting folks weigh in on possible changes to that code. Full story...
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NC Senate initially approves omnibus tax bill

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The North Carolina Senate's version of an omnibus tax bill has remained intact after Democratic amendments were defeated, including one that would have lifted the scheduled repeal of certain municipal business taxes next summer. Full story...
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North Carolina's seafood harvest dropping

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videoNorth Carolina's seafood harvest is dropping. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries said the state's fish and shellfish harvest dropped last year to the lowest level in a decade. Full story...
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Goolsby, partner ordered to stop investment services

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videoThe North Carolina Secretary of State's office has told Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) and a business partner to stop their work as investment advisers. The Secretary of State Securities Officials issued a Final Consent Order in a case involving the Empowered Investor Inc., which was owned by Goolsby and James Upham. Full story...
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Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

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videoPresident Barack Obama says if there's misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it will be punished. Obama says if the allegations of misconduct prove to be true, it is dishonorable and disgraceful. Full story...
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EBay asks users to change password after breach

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E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their password after a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords. Full story...
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