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Edwards lawyers seek leeway in questioning Young

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Prosecutors have asked the federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal trial of John Edwards to limit how much evidence can be introduced from the recent legal fight over ownership of a sex tape featuring the former candidate. Full story...
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Patients of disgraced doctor have month to pick up medical records

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Patients of a Wilmington doctor who pleaded guilty last week to illegally prescribing narcotics and attempting to traffic opium have a short window to get back their medical records. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. launches lockdown alerts via text and Twitter

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Parents worried about their child's safety at school can now get school lockdown alerts via Twitter or text message. Full story...
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Teen girls charged with murder

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Two 16-year-old girls have been charged with murder and other charges for their roles in a North Carolina taxi driver's slaying. Full story...
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Drug expert testifies in Grooms trial; ex-girlfriend on stand Monday

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video The trial of Thomas Grooms continued today with more testimony from law enforcement officers and a self-described "party girl" the prosecution says has information on grooms the jury needs to know. Friday, the jury in the Grooms trial learned more about the man behind the charges. Full story...
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Brunswick County's new emergency radio system coming on line

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Whether it's a police chase or a hurricane, how well emergency responders communicate with each other can mean life or death. Brunswick County's new public safety radio system VIPER is up and running, but it has a ways to go before all departments are installed. Full story...
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Robbery suspect charged with murder after fatal car crash

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video A Columbus County man made his first appearance in court today to face charges of murder and other crimes after investigators say a robbery led to a deadly car crash. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says Lloyd Thomas Buffkin, 32, Sidney Cherry Rd. is charged with murder, common law robbery and assault on a government official. Full story...
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Investigators found liquor bottles, straw with "white substance" in Grooms's car

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video Thomas Grooms was driving south on River Road last year when witnesses say he hit and killed Trey and David Doolittle. Witnesses today explained in great detail what they believe happened that Sunday morning when the Doolittles were hit and killed while riding their bicycles. Full story...
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Hoggard coach fired after arrest for fight at school, students react

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video A Hoggard High School teacher assistant and assistant football coach has been fired days after being arrested for allegedly assaulting several students at school. A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman said Joseph Brown's termination was effective yesterday. Full story...
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Thief breaks into prison to steal copper

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Police in Salisbury are looking for the rare thief who's apparently eager to go to prison. Someone broke into the Piedmont Correctional Institution, stole copper from an air conditioning unit and escaped. Full story...
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Testimony starts in trial of man accused of killing cyclists

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video Thomas Grooms is charged with second-degree murder. Witnesses talked about the lives of David and Trey Doolittle and their final moments. Full story...
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Slain UNC student's photo used on Indian ads

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The image of slain University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson has turned up in an unlikely place: adorning billboards in southern India. Full story...
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Berger's traffic charges reduced; plans to appeal domestic order violation

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger got a break in court today, when charges stemming from a January traffic stop were reduced. Full story...
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Jury seated in cyclists' death trial

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Opening arguments start tomorrow in Wilmington in the trial of a man accused with hitting and killing a father and son riding their bikes. Full story...
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Seven girls face charges in alleged gang fight at school

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is preparing juvenile petitions against seven girls allegedly involved in a fight at a Wilmington middle school last week. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says investigators believe the fight Thursday at Williston Middle School was gang related. Full story...
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