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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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McCrory's win to play big at GOP governors meeting

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Pat McCrory's victory in the North Carolina governor's race last week is likely to help him strike it big at a meeting of current and new GOP chief executives. Full story...
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UNC Chapel Hill issues alert after assault

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has issued a warning to students, faculty and staff after an assault on a street near the campus. Full story...
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Sanderson Farms backs out of proposed NC plant

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Sanderson Farms says it won't build a chicken processing operation in southern Nash County. The company said on its website Tuesday that the decision was made in collaboration with Nash County officials and is a result of "various timing issues," which company officials wouldn't discuss. The statement said the decision will not affect the timing of its next poultry complex. Full story...
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Audit: NC Education Lottery netted $1.5B in sales

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An audit of the North Carolina Education Lottery shows the agency took in $1.5 billion in sales in fiscal 2012. Full story...
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GOP worried about NC pre-K expansion finances

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Republican legislative leaders are upset with how outgoing Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration is spending money to expand pre-kindergarten for thousands of additional children through next summer. Full story...
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NC AG argues Duke wants too much in rate increase

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North Carolina's Supreme Court is considering a case that could pressure utilities regulators to justify rate increase decisions that can involve hundreds of millions of dollars. Full story...
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NC judge rules against New Year's Eve possum drop

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There will be no possum drop in Brasstown this New Year's Eve if a decision by an administrative law judge stands. In a ruling issued Tuesday, Judge Fred Morrison said North Carolina law prohibits citizens from using wild animals for pets or amusement. Full story...
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