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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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Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash at Cape Fear plant

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North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River. Full story...
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Group wants to intervene in NC coal ash case

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An environmental law group says it's getting involved in a case involving a Duke Energy coal ash pit that coated 70 miles of the Dan River spill with toxic sludge because it cannot count on state regulators to do the right thing. Full story...
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Army general fined, reprimanded in sex case

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An army general avoided jail time and was reprimanded and fined a total of $20,000 for inappropriate relationships with three subordinates in a closely watched court case. Full story...
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Small earthquake rattles some near Summerville, SC

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A small earthquake has shaken houses and rattled some residents in the Summerville area. The US Geological Survey initially reported the tremor at 2.4 on the Richter scale, then eventually upgraded it to 3.0. Full story...
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Wos: NC ready to meet food stamp deadline

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Just a week after North Carolina's health secretary said it would be difficult to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month, she now says it's possible. Full story...
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Senators seek cancer study of Lejeune water

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North Carolina's two U.S. senators say a federal health agency should conduct a cancer incidence study for the groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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Wake Co. Sheriff: Six detention officers lose jobs

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The Wake County sheriff says six detention officers are no longer on the job as the result of an investigation into inappropriate relationships with inmates. Hayes was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the death of her husband's ex-girlfriend, who was dismembered. Full story...
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Asheville abortion services to move to new clinic

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A Planned Parenthood facility scheduled to open this summer will take over the abortion services provided by another clinic in Asheville. The suspension came days after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation TO regulate abortion clinics. Full story...
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Report: More info needed to assess NC driver's ed

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The North Carolina legislature's government watchdog agency says the state still does not have a good handle on how effective local driver's education programs for high school students are financially or how well they produce safe drivers. Full story...
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Moore County schools see benefits from laptops

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Some Moore County teachers say student use of laptops is resulting in better attendance, fewer discipline problems and more learning opportunities. The Fayetteville Observer reported about 3,400 more students will get laptops by next week. Some got laptops Monday, while other students will receive theirs by March 26. Full story...
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Army general sex case adjourned until Thursday

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An Army general's sentencing for inappropriate relationships with subordinates has been pushed back by at least one more day. Full story...
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