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NC population grows to more than 9.8 million

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the population of North Carolina is now approaching 9.9 million people. The bureau released new population estimates for 2013 Thursday. The state's population from the 2010 census was 9.5 million. Full story...
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McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

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Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration's transportation leaders are worried about the future of state and federal funding sources to pay for roads and bridges in North Carolina. Full story...
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NC Ports Authority chooses new executive director

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The North Carolina State Ports Authority has a new executive director. The Authority’s Board of Directors confirmed the choice of Paul J. Cozza at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. Full story...
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ACC men's basketball tourney to NC in '19, '20

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The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament will return to North Carolina in 2019 and 2020 after its two-year stay in New York. Full story...
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Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

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Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge. Full story...
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McCrory directs belt-tightening at state agencies

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Gov. Pat McCrory has directed more belt-tightening within North Carolina government as pre-emptive actions to protect the state from a Medicaid shortfall and a fuzzy revenue picture. Full story...
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Charlotte mayor arrested on federal corruption charges

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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents for alleged violations of federal public corruption laws, announced Anne M. Tompkins, US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Full story...
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Revenue growth slows at NC's Indian casino

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A weak economy has slowed gambling revenues at US Indian casinos just as North Carolina's Cherokee Indians build a second gambling hall. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

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North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state's Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn't appear at the moment to be as large as last year. Full story...
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UNC fraternity gets 1 year of probation

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A fraternity at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been placed on probation for a year after an investigation of alcohol-related problems involving new members. Full story...
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McCrory requests federal disaster declaration

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Gov. Pat McCrory is requesting a federal disaster declaration to help nine central North Carolina counties recover some of the costs stemming from this month's winter storm. Full story...
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McCrory counsel: Cooper has politicized coal ash

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Gov. Pat McCrory's top lawyer says his administration was forced to hire an outside attorney to deal with a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps because North Carolina's attorney general is politicizing the issue. Full story...
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Tillis takes heat from 2 GOP rivals in Senate race

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Two candidates seeking to chase down presumed front-runner Thom Tillis in the Republican US Senate primary have become bolder in attacking him 30 days before early voting begins. Full story...
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Man accused of sucking woman's toes at Walmart wants to represent himself in court

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A Lincolnton man caught on surveillance tape sucking on a woman's toe at Walmart made his first appearance before a judge Friday. Michael Brown wanted the judge to let him plead guilty to assault on a female, but the judge told him he couldn't do it. Full story...
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Judge rejects Duke's call to stay ruling

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A judge is rejecting Duke Energy's attempt to stop a ruling that would force the company to take immediate action to clean up its coal ash dumps. But Duke asked Ridgeway to stay the ruling until the company could appeal. Duke officials did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment Thursday. Full story...
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