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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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NC Chamber: State will fall behind if roads not improved

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North Carolina business leaders say the state will face serious problems such as increased joblessness if politicians don't develop a strategy for funding transportation needs. The N.C. Chamber's president and chief executive officer Lew Ebert said at a news conference Wednesday the state has no strategy to fund a $65 billion gap in transportation needs over the next 25 years. Full story...
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1st day bills filed at the NC General Assembly at-a-glance

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The first work day at the General Assembly usually brings an early flurry of bills. Nearly 30 were filed by late Wednesday afternoon in the House and Senate. Full story...
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NC Democratic lawmakers get out quickly on economy

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Democrats at the General Assembly are trying to get out of the blocks quickly this year as lawmakers emphasize the economy and job creation. More than two dozen House and Senate members from the legislature's minority party attended Wednesday what was called a "Job Growth Forum" in Raleigh. Full story...
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Charlotte, Triangle selected to receive Google Fiber service

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Google says Charlotte and the Research Triangle area are getting its Internet and TV service that provides data at high speed. In February, Google announced it would work with 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas to explore bringing Google Fiber to those communities. Full story...
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Cooper tells NC Democrats it's not early to think about 2016

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says he'll keep speaking out against Republican policies during the new North Carolina legislative session that convenes Wednesday. Cooper also told about 300 Democratic activists at a Tuesday luncheon that he would back efforts to raise teacher pay across the board and to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional residents. Full story...
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Pedestrian hit, killed by Amtrak train in Burlington

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Burlington police say a pedestrian is dead after being struck by an Amtrak train. A statement from police says emergency personnel responded to a call on Tuesday and found the body of a man near the tracks. Full story...
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Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

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The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent in December

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North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month, falling to 5.5 percent in December. Full story...
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