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NC prosecutors want Racial Justice Act struck down

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North Carolina's prosecutors are almost unanimous in calling on legislators to repeal a law that allows defendants on death row to appeal their sentences by showing evidence of racial bias. Full story...
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Judge sets start of John Edwards trial for Jan. 30

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A federal judge has set the trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards to begin Jan. 30, a week earlier than the date prosecutors and defense lawyers had sought. Full story...
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UNCW back to normal after lockdown overnight

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Things were back to normal at UNC Wilmington today hours after police searched for an armed robbery suspect on campus prompting a lockdown. It all started when a man reportedly robbed two women at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Hardee's on South College Road. They say he headed toward the woods on campus, which led campus police to an issue a campuswide alert. Full story...
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UPDATE: Students to report to class as usual, after search for gunman locks down UNCW

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Classes are going on as scheduled at UNC Wilmington after the campus was locked down overnight. The security measure was put in place around midnight after a man reportedly robbed at least one person in the parking lot of a Hardee's on South College Road and then ran off through campus. Full story...
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Son shoots mom's boyfriend after she's hit with beer can

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Paul Lewis Sawyer was shot in the thigh with a shotgun Sunday morning following a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend, Tina McDaniel. Sawyer allegedly struck McDaniel with a thrown beer can and her son retrieved a shotgun and shot Sawyer. Full story...
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Arrest made in Wednesday restaurant robbery

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New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in the robbery of a fast food restaurant Wednesday night. Stevan Shawn Hess, 22, is charged with common law robbery, larceny from a person and attempted larceny. Full story...
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Hearing on 'Fatal Vision' case evidence postponed

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A hearing for the former Army surgeon convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters at Fort Bragg more than 40 years ago has been postponed until next year. Full story...
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Deputies search for Bojangles robber

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Investigators say around 10 p.m. a white man wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt. black shirt with white skulls and black pants with black face paint entered the Bojangles at 7155 Market Street. Full story...
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Campbell University on lockdown amid standoff on campus

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Campbell University officials have asked students and faculty to stay indoors due to a standoff on the campus. Full story...
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Penn State cancels Paterno news conference amid scandal

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Penn State administrators have canceled Joe Paterno's weekly news conference in which he was expected to field questions about a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: School lockdown ended as WPD investigates shooting

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A security lockdown has ended at New Hanover High School, Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology and New Hanover High's Jap Davis Field House, according to New Hanover County Schools. The schools were on lockdown for about 30 minutes after a shooting was reported near the campuses. Full story...
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'Booze It & Lose It' Halloween campaign nets hundreds of DWI arrests

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State and local law enforcement officers cited 758 motorists for driving while impaired during the "Booze It & Lose It' Halloween campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31. Brunswick County led the way in our five-county area with 38 DWI arrests. New Hanover was second regionally with 18. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Former Hoggard star arrested again

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A former high school football star is in trouble with the law once again. Records show Wilimington Police booked Shawn Sidbury into the New Hanover County Jail yesterday. He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and first degree burglary. Full story...
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Man shot in 700 block of North 6th Street

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At least one man was injured last night in a shooting in the 700 block of 6th Street in downtown Wilmington. Police responded to the call at about 10:15 p.m. near the intersection of Campbell and 6th Street. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: SBI asked to investigate Bladen deputy for sex allegations involving minor

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video Another area law enforcement agency has asked the SBI to help investigate one of its own. Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston says he asked the SBI to investigate criminal allegations against one of his sergeants. Full story...
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