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NC House approves ferry-toll prohibition

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The North Carolina House has reinforced its opposition to tolls on state-run coastal ferries. Full story...
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Carolina Beach among state parks closing as Arthur advances

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Some state parks in coastal North Carolina will close as Arthur advances toward the state, and access to other parks and facilities could be interrupted on short notice as the storm moves north along the coast, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Full story...
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NC price-gouging law in effect as Arthur nears

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is notifying businesses and consumers that the state's price gouging law is now in effect along the coast because a state of emergency has been declared because of Tropical Storm Arthur. Full story...
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NC House honors Maya Angelou with resolution

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The North Carolina House has voted to honor the life and memory of author, poet and teacher Maya Angelou. House members unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that remembers Angelou as an extraordinary woman and hails her lasting legacy. Full story...
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NC man captured on video riding on back of car

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Police in North Carolina say a man clung to the back of a moving car as it drove down an interstate highway. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Keith Trietley said Monday that the man was trying to stop a woman who drove off after the man assaulted her inside a store. A police report said the man grabbed the woman's arm and pulled her down during an argument. Full story...
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NC House mini-budget returned to sender by Senate

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The North Carolina Senate ditched a House bill designed to accelerate the budget talks with a rare maneuver that could aggravate negotiations instead. Full story...
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Documents: Blackwater guards were out of control

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A newly disclosed memo reveals a warning by a State Department investigator that contractors for Blackwater Worldwide saw themselves as above the law and that the contractors, rather than department officials, were in command. Full story...
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NAACP seeks to extend deadline for eugenics claims

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North Carolina's NAACP is sending an open letter to the governor, speaker of the House and state Senate leaders seeking a yearlong deadline extension for victims of the state's eugenics program. Full story...
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Marine accused of desertion returned to US unit

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A Marine Corps spokesman says a corporal who disappeared in Iraq a decade ago and was later declared a deserter is in custody at a North Carolina brig. Full story...
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Pilot killed in small plane crash near Halifax airport

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A single-engine plane crashed near the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport Friday, killing the pilot. Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed the Cessna 182Q upside down in a field. Full story...
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Authorities: 4-decade fugitive from NC used dead boys' IDs

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Investigators in Iowa are crediting facial recognition technology with helping them capture an armed robber who escaped from a North Carolina prison in 1973. Full story...
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NC Criminal justice changes could mean more prisoner penalties

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North Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to legislation that would prevent prisoners from using cellphones and make it easier for state crime laboratory workers to testify. Full story...
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NC House gives unanimous OK to new spending bill

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The North Carolina House has passed unanimously a trimmed-down spending bill that contains teacher and state employee raises already included in the chamber's state budget proposal two weeks ago. Full story...
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NC House OKs bill that would make renewing driver's licenses easier

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The North Carolina House has passed legislation that would allow drivers to renew their licenses without standing in line at the Division of Motor Vehicles. Full story...
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Bank of America lays off 540 in Charlotte division

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Bank of America is laying off 540 workers in a division that handles troubled mortgages. The Charlotte Observer reports that the cuts announced Wednesday amount to nearly two-thirds of the local workforce in the Legacy Asset Servicing division. Full story...
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