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NC minister facing indecent liberties charge

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a 64-year-old Methodist minister with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child in connection with an incident involving two young girls. A statement from police on Tuesday said 64-year-old Orlando Agusto Caldera was arrested after officers were called to Memorial United Methodist Church on Monday evening. Full story...
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NC sheriff says citizens should arm themselves

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The sheriff of Harnett County is telling residents to start arming themselves in light of what he describes as a recent spike of violent crime. WTVD in Durham reports Sheriff Larry Rollins told an audience at a community meeting on Monday to protect themselves, adding that he doesn't go anywhere without a gun. Full story...
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NC couple pleads guilty in sweepstakes fraud

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A North Carolina couple has pleaded guilty for their roles in leading a sweepstakes scheme that defrauded hundreds of elderly Americans. Full story...
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Candidate who submitted resignation in Klingon gets enough support for Senate run

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A third candidate appears to have met qualifications for an official write-in candidate for North Carolina's US Senate seat in November. Full story...
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Man must pay back $288k for fake boat distress call

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videoA man who made a fake "mayday" call to the Coast Guard last year is heading to prison. A federal judge today sentenced Homer Lewis Blackburn of Atlantic Beach to 18 months in prison. He will also have to pay $288,390.80 to cover the cost of the Oct. 8, 2013, hoax. Full story...
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UNC board caps tuition increases at 5 percent

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The Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina system is capping tuition increases at 5 percent annually for each campus. WTVD reported that the board also voted Friday to cap the amount of tuition revenue diverted to financial aid at 15 percent. Full story...
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Two Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

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Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Full story...
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McCrory orders that laws be enforced on coal ash

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Gov. Pat McCrory has issued an executive order directing North Carolina's environmental agency to enforce all applicable laws to try to force Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash dumps. Full story...
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NC House 1 vote away from passing $21B budget

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The North Carolina House is closing in on approving a $21 billion budget full of cuts, policy shifts and a raise for public school teachers averaging 7 percent. Full story...
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Coal ash bill in limbo after NC Senate adjourns

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The North Carolina Senate has adjourned without finalizing a bill requiring Duke Energy to clean up its 33 leaky coal ash dumps in the state. The move comes nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with sludge. Full story...
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Crews work to stop sunken ships leaking oil off NC

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Experts say there are at least 13 ships sunk off the North Carolina coast that could leak oil. Full story...
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Durham assistant police chief sues city

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Durham Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes is suing the city and Police Chief Jose Lopez, alleging civil rights violations. Full story...
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NC weighs giving upfront money for promised jobs

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North Carolina lawmakers are considering breaking with a generation of state job-hunting efforts and giving corporations upfront money to move. Full story...
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Parents of missing teen charged with theft

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The adoptive parents of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons are facing federal conspiracy and theft of fund charges. Casey and Sandy Parsons were arrested Wednesday in Fayetteville, where they moved after Erica disappeared. Full story...
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Three dead in Fayetteville shooting that wounded deputies

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Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says two deputies were hurt Wednesday morning in a shootout that left the suspect and two others dead, including a child. Full story...
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