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N.C.

Perdue worries how to help group home residents

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says she's committed to ensure mentally ill people in group homes aren't put out on North Carolina streets come January but is hard pressed because she lacks authority to move state money around. Perdue told reporters Thursday in Raleigh she believes legislative leaders want to fix the problem but doesn't know yet how it'll be done. Full story...
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Reidsville House member to run for speaker pro tem

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Another Republican says he's running for the No. 2 leadership position in the North Carolina House for the next two years. Bert Jones of Reidsville announced Thursday he would seek the position of speaker pro tempore. Outgoing Majority Leader Paul Stam of Apex and finance committee leader Julia Howard of Mocksville already have entered the race. Full story...
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NC to build state-federal online insurance market

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North Carolina's version of a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance will be run partly by the state and partly by the federal government. Full story...
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Asheville police officer charged with child abuse

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An Asheville police officer has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse after investigators found bruises on a child after a spanking. Full story...
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NC family of teen who fell to death in Mass. sues

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The family of a teen who fell from the wheel well of a jet in a Boston suburb two years ago is suing Charlotte, its airport and US Airways. Full story...
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NC man charged in driver's license scam

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A North Carolina man has been accused of taking money from people and promising to obtain driver's licenses for them. Full story...
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NC trooper's cruiser hits, kills 80-year-old man

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An N.C. Highway Patrol trooper is on administrative duty after the patrol cruiser he was driving hit and killed an 80-year-old Clinton man. Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Trooper Emory T. Brown was driving north on N.C. 242 near Salemburg Tuesday night when his vehicle struck Ottis Parker as he crossed the road. Full story...
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Closed section of NC 12 reopens to some traffic

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N.C. 12 on Pea Island is open again to four-wheel-drive vehicles, but authorities warn that rapidly changing weather conditions could force them to close it again with little notice. State Department of Transportation engineer Jerry Jennings says high tides and strong winds could force another closure of the road. Full story...
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Coleman wants more ballots counted in race

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Lieutenant governor candidate Linda Coleman says potentially thousands of legally registered voters in North Carolina are poised to not have their ballots counted, but her opponent says she's making the accusation because she is behind. Full story...
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Air Force: NC Air Guardsmen killed while fighting wildfires flew into wind burst

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Four crew members aboard a North Carolina Air National Guard plane fighting Western wildfires were killed last summer because the crew misjudged conditions and flew into a wind burst that slammed them to the ground, an Air Force crash report says. Full story...
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