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Tar Heel plant should reopen Friday morning

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videoIt looks like factory workers at the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel won't be headed back to work until tomorrow. The pork packing plant has been shut down since an ammonia leak Tuesday morning. Full story...
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Smithfield still cleaning up, workers waiting to go back

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videoThe latest on the Smithfield ammonia leak. The world's largest pork production plant still is not producing anything after yesterday's incident. Smithfield representatives say all safety checks for factory machinery and equipment was up-to-date. Full story...
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Thousands evacuated after ammonia leak at Tar Heel plant

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videoSmithfield Foods says it is working with local emergency agencies to determine the cause of an apparent ammonia leak at its packing plant in Tar Heel in Bladen County, a company spokeswoman said. Full story...
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Tar Heel reacts as Smithfield shareholders approve sale to Chinese

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videoShareholders have approved the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company. The buyout comes amid food safety problems in China, and its impacts could be felt in our area. Full story...
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Public hearing scheduled for proposed Bladen Co. biomass energy facility

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The state has scheduled a Sept. 4 public hearing to gather comments on an air quality permit for a proposed biomass energy plant in Bladen County. Full story...
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Smithfield agrees to sale to Chinese firm

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video Bladen County is the home to the world's largest slaughter house. Soon it could be owned by a foreign company. Full story...
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Man arrested for Bladen County hold-ups

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A Fayetteville man is in jail charged with three hold-ups in Bladen County. Charles Edward Leach Jr., 22, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and three counts of 2nd degree kidnapping. Full story...
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Write-in winners emerge from blank Tar Heel ballots

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Usually elections are about who is on the ballot, but in the Bladen County town of Tar Heel, yesterday's election was about who was not on it. No one filed to run for mayor or three open town council seats. The lack of candidates led to write-in campaigns. Full story...
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Tar Heel voters write in candidates on empty ballot

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video Polls are open, but the ballots are empty in one Bladen County town. None of Tar Heel's 117 residents filed to fill three town council spots and the mayor's office. Full story...
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Tar Heel will have blank ballot come November

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video The deadline to run for municipal elections has ended and one community will have a blank ballot come November. The small town of Tar Heel in Bladen County has no one running for mayor or any of the three council positions and the deadline for municipal filings has not been extended. Full story...
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