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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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Cary man pleads guilty in wife's death in 2008

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A man awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife six years ago has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Multiple media outlets reported that 40-year-old Brad Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday in Raleigh. Full story...
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Two NC men's convictions overturned in 1983 killing

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A North Carolina judge has overturned the convictions of two men who have served 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl after another man's DNA was recently discovered on evidence in the case. Full story...
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Man pleads guilty to murder

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A man Chadbourn police say is a known gang member has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Full story...
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US appeals panel reverses Outer Banks bridge work

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A unanimous federal appeals court panel is overturning North Carolina's plans to save money by simply replacing a crucial Outer Banks bridge while chunks of the island where traffic passes is threatened by rising waves. Full story...
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Another trial delay for former NC lawmaker

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The new trial for former North Carolina Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been delayed again. Attorney Elliot Abrams, a member of LaRoque's defense team, said Thursday that the retrial has been moved from October to Feb. 2, 2015. Full story...
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Delay sought on NC same-sex marriage lawsuit

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North Carolina's attorney general is asking a judge to delay the most recent lawsuit over the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying an order expected later this year in another case likely will resolve the situation. Full story...
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Court: NC lawmakers must release some documents

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A federal magistrate says North Carolina state legislators can't ignore subpoenas from attorneys seeking documents that may help explain how and why last year's election and voting overhaul law was developed and approved. But the court also ruled late Thursday the lawmakers could still cite a legal doctrine giving them the privilege to keep private certain internal files. Full story...
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Prosecutors file new subpoenas over Dan River coal ash

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Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with 20 additional subpoenas seeking documents and ordering state employees to testify before a grand jury. The move is part of a broadening criminal investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River. Full story...
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Raleigh woman convicted in death of stepsons' mom

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videoThe Raleigh woman accused in the death of her husband's former girlfriend has been convicted of second-degree murder. A Wake County jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial of 41-year-old Amanda Hayes. She was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years and a maximum of 16 1/2 years in prison. Full story...
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How witness lists become hit lists

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videoDefense Attorney James Payne said it happens because the prosecution and defense must provide copies of their witness lists and defendants have a right to see them. Full story...
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Wilmington man sentenced for robbery and firearm charges

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In federal court, a Wilmington man was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday. Full story...
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NC appellate court candidates gather for debate

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Candidates for four North Carolina appellate court seats on the November ballot are gathering to discuss their judicial philosophies before a group of Triad-area attorneys. Full story...
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