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Byrd appointed new director of NC state crime lab

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John A. Byrd has been named the new director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Byrd's appointment on Wednesday. Full story...
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NC Senate initially approves omnibus tax bill

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The North Carolina Senate's version of an omnibus tax bill has remained intact after Democratic amendments were defeated, including one that would have lifted the scheduled repeal of certain municipal business taxes next summer. Full story...
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NC Senate offers big teacher raise for tenure loss

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North Carolina senators are offering veteran teachers a choice between a double-digit pay raise or keeping the job protections a court says lawmakers can't strip away. State senators on Wednesday announced their proposed budget will include pay raises of more than 10 percent for teachers who have earned career status after four years. Full story...
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14 arrested after sit-in at legislative building

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After nearly 11 hours of sitting, waiting for a lawmaker who never arrived, 14 legislative protesters were arrested at North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis' office early Wednesday morning. Full story...
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Gullah Geechee panel selects executive director

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The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states has an executive director. Full story...
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Officials: Army hospital chief relieved of command

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Two defense officials say the chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care. The officials say the commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, and three deputies were suspended. Full story...
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FBI agent joining NC elections investigations team

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North Carolina's elections board is hiring a longtime FBI agent involved in recent corruption and campaign finance investigations. The State Board of Elections announced Tuesday that Chuck Stuber will join its investigation team next month. Full story...
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North Carolina's seafood harvest dropping

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videoNorth Carolina's seafood harvest is dropping. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries said the state's fish and shellfish harvest dropped last year to the lowest level in a decade. Full story...
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Woman gets life in slaying of great aunt after pleading guilty to murder

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A 32-year-old Newport woman has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of her great aunt nearly two years ago. Full story...
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Full NC House gives initial OK to tax bill

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The North Carolina House has tentatively agreed to a wide-ranging tax bill that caps municipal business privilege taxes and places an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. Full story...
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ACLU wants judge to put NC voter ID law on hold

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Advocacy groups are asking a federal judge to put key provisions of North Carolina's elections overhaul law on hold for the November election. Full story...
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NC treasurer says health plan strong financially

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State employees and retirees may avoid higher insurance premiums in 2015 because North Carolina's public-employee health insurance plan is spending less on patients than expected. Full story...
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Students get off bus before it catches fire

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Onslow County school officials say a charter bus carrying students home from a music competition has caught fire. Full story...
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Judge strikes down new NC teacher tenure law

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videoA judge has ruled that a law cutting teacher job protections in North Carolina is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said Friday that veteran teachers have an established right to a layer of review beyond school administrators when they face firing. Full story...
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April unemployment rate falls to 6.2 percent in NC

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videoMore people are in the job market in North Carolina and more are finding work as the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month. Full story...
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