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Greenville police say dog shot over parking space

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Greenville police have arrested a man on an animal cruelty charge after they say he shot a dog he said would not leave a parking space. Twenty-seven-year-old Devon Smith of Greenville is accused of shooting a dog twice with a pistol after he tried to park in a space at a town house complex Sunday afternoon. Full story...
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Budget plan would give teachers raises, cap film incentive

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videoA budget plan unveiled by Republican leaders in Raleigh today would mean more money to teachers and less money for Hollywood. Full story...
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Gay marriage supporters push for quick NC ruling

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Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional. Full story...
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NC gay marriage ban faces uncertain future

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videoNNorth Carolina's attorney general has decided to stop fighting for the state's gay marriage ban. This comes after a federal appeals court ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Full story...
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Three teens charged in Durham bus explosion

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Three teens have been arrested after an explosion on a city bus in Durham last week. No one was hurt when what police called a "Draino bomb" exploded on a bus July 22. Full story...
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Duke agrees to $1.2B deal with ElectriCities

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Duke Energy Progress has agreed to purchase the generating capacity of ElectriCities in a $1.2 billion deal expected to translate into lower power bills for thousands of eastern North Carolina residents. Full story...
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Groups express concern about coal ash bill

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Environmental groups are asking two key North Carolina lawmakers to change legislation they say weakens the state's protections against coal ash pollution. The Southern Environmental Law Center and other groups sent a letter Friday to Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis outlining serious concerns with coal ash legislation in a conference committee. Full story...
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NC House fails to concur on moped regulations

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The North Carolina House has rejected a Senate version of a bill creating new regulations for mopeds. The House voted 51-54 Thursday against concurring on a bill that would have required insurance and registration with the state for mopeds. Full story...
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Trench collapse kills civilian at Fort Bragg

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Fort Bragg officials say a construction worker was killed when a trench fell in on him as he was installing pipes. Spokesman Adam Luther said the unidentified man was in a trench near the Ammunition Supply Point near the Pope Army Air Field side of the post on Thursday. Full story...
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Two charged in fatal attack on UNC professor

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A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has died after an attack near campus, and two men face multiple charges in the incident. According to police, 59-year-old Feng Liu was found lying unresponsive Wednesday. Authorities say Liu suffered serious head wounds and was taken to UNC Hospitals. He died Thursday morning. Full story...
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Another trial delay for former NC lawmaker

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The new trial for former North Carolina Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been delayed again. Attorney Elliot Abrams, a member of LaRoque's defense team, said Thursday that the retrial has been moved from October to Feb. 2, 2015. Full story...
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GOP-backed bill includes laundry list of changes

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An omnibus bill backed by Republican leaders in the North Carolina House is seeking to make dozens of changes to state laws. The changes include eliminating a task force that works to reduce child deaths and a provision allowing public charter schools boards to include members representing for-profit education companies. Full story...
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NC Senate passes Medicaid reform legislation

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The North Carolina Senate has given tentative approval to a bill that changes how Medicaid is administered and paid for in the state. Senators approved the measure, 28-17, on Thursday. It would create a new state agency to oversee and manage Medicaid and partially privatize it. The bill would carve out Medicaid regions in the state where both private companies and hospital-led health plans would compete for contracts to serve patients there. Full story...
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NC Senate approves county sales tax changes

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The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill changing how counties impose sales taxes beyond what the state collects. The Senate voted Thursday to limit nearly all of the state's 100 counties to a local sales- and use-tax of 2.5 percent, including large urban counties that are currently allowed to raise the sales tax to 2.75 percent. Full story...
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Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq

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Marine Corp officers in North Carolina are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States. Full story...
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