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NC Zoo names lion cubs

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Four lion cubs at the North Carolina Zoo now have names. Nearly 2,000 names were submitted in a contest the zoo launched last month. Full story...
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Republican leaders try to stop NC gay weddings

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Lawyers for North Carolina Republican leaders have filed a legal brief urging a federal judge to allow them to intervene in a pair of cases seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage ban. Full story...
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Leader changes at State Bureau of Investigation

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Some leadership changes are being made in the State Bureau of Investigation, after the Department of Public Safety took over control of the agency. Full story...
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JUST IN: Judge in NC gay marriage case denies delay

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videoA federal judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban has denied a motion from lawyers for Republican legislative leaders seeking more than a weeklong delay in the case. Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. in Greensboro issued a ruling late Thursday denying a request from House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger that they be given until Oct. 17 to prepare arguments supporting their motion to intervene in the case. Instead, Osteen gave them until noon Friday. Full story...
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NC man charged in death of pregnant girlfriend

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Robeson County authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of his pregnant girlfriend. Multiple media outlets report 29-year-old Christopher O'Brian Lennon is charged with first-degree murder and murder of an unborn child. Lennon was arrested on Wednesday after he was indicted by a grand jury. Full story...
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Democrats add to complaints of NC political groups

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The number of legal complaints against North Carolina political groups grows as Election Day approaches. The state Democratic Party said Thursday it's asked the Federal Election Commission to examine Carolina Rising, which has run ads praising Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis. Full story...
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McCrory speaks at Wilmington energy summit, discusses latest gay marriage fight

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videoGov. Pat McCrory came to Wilmington Thursday to speak at the Coastal Energy Summit at the Wilmington Convention Center, but the governor was also asked about the latest developments in the fight for and against gay marriage in North Carolina. Full story...
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Group: Gun ban at NC State Fair is illegal

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A gun-rights group has asked a North Carolina court for a temporary injunction to keep the state from enforcing its ban on concealed weapons at the State Fair. Full story...
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GOP leaders signal move to block gay marriages

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As same-sex couples in North Carolina await federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married, Republican legislative leaders are making a last-minute move to block or delay the nuptials. Full story...
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NC DHHS: First flu death reported

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videoState health officials confirm an elementary school-aged child in the central part of the state died from complications of an influenza infection. Full story...
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DHHS secretary discusses preparations for Ebola

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North Carolina is working with health care providers to prepare in the event of a case of Ebola being discovered in the state. Full story...
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NC State Fair presents new fried food offerings

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The vendors at this year's N.C. State Fair have found something new to drop in a fryer. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Ragin' Cajun booth will be selling deep-fried bananas Foster, the classic New Orleans dessert where bananas are sauteed in rum and brown sugar and served with vanilla ice cream. Full story...
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US Supreme Court sides with NC on voting rules

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videoThe U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a federal appeals court ruling from taking effect that would have restored same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina for this fall's election. Full story...
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NC crime report shows continuing downward trend

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Statistics from the State Bureau of Investigation show overall crime in North Carolina fell by 7 percent from 2012, continuing a six-year downward trend. Full story...
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Judge lifts stays in NC gay marriage cases

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videoA federal judge in North Carolina has lifted stays in two cases challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriages, a possible sign he's preparing to strike down the prohibition as unconstitutional. Full story...
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