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North Carolina parks set attendance record

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North Carolina's state parks set an attendance record last year. The state Division of Parks and Recreation says attendance at its parks increased 10 percent last year from 2013. The agency said parks attracted 15.6 million visitors in 2014. Full story...
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Audit: Failed NC charter school mismanaged taxpayer funds

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North Carolina's state auditor says a failed Kinston charter school got nearly $700,000 in taxpayer funds in 2013 despite years of financial mismanagement and inflated expected student enrollment to get more than it was due. State auditors said Wednesday they looked into the finances of Kinston Charter Academy after it closed in September 2013. Full story...
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BB&T apologizes for problem that emptied customer accounts

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BB&T Corp. is apologizing for a processing problem that caused some customer accounts to show incorrect balances or zero funds The Winston-Salem-based bank posted an apology on its Facebook page Wednesday, adding that it fixed the problem, corrected account balances and refunded overdraft fees. Full story...
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Local women's club hosts annual antique show

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video The Wilmington Antique Show and Sale is held every last full weekend of January in the Coastline Conference & Event Center. The proceeds from the event will be used to help many local organizations and charities. Full story...
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CastleBranch to hold job fair Friday

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Wilmington-based CastleBranch is holding a job fair Friday. Full story...
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Supreme Court won't hear dispute over debit card fees

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The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions. Full story...
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New Hanover, Pender schools want control of calendar returned

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Two local school systems are lobbying state lawmakers to return the control of local school calendars to local boards of education – a movement backed by the N.C. School Boards Association and strongly opposed by the coastal tourism industry, which suffered when school systems began cutting summer short a decade ago. Full story...
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Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

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Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Full story...
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Captains angry over proposed log books

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In Carolina Beach charter boat captains are mad about proposed new restrictions on their fishing expeditions. Wednesday they met with marine fisheries commissioners to discuss doing away with the proposals. Charter boat captains say new restrictions would just be too much but folks with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries don't agree. Full story...
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Chiquita plans headquarters move from Charlotte after buyout

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Chiquita Brands International is closing its corporate headquarters in Charlotte after the banana producer's buyout. Full story...
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