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Charlotte church may avoid fine for tree trimming

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A Charlotte church may be able to avoid paying a $4,700 fine for excessively pruning eight crape myrtle trees on its property. Full story...
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Temporary taxes expire, TAs stay in new Senate budget plan; Governor has concerns

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North Carolina lawmakers have come up with a budget plan that could bypass long negotiations between Republicans and Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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Deployed military view NC graduations live on web

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Proud military parents and other relatives deployed around the world will get a chance to see graduates walking in their caps and gowns through live Internet connections provided by North Carolina school systems. Full story...
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Refuge fire continues burning near Stumpy Point

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A wildfire in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge has burned more than 27,000 acres in Dare County. Full story...
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Suspect in Gastonia shocked after sausage theft attempt

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Gastonia police used a Taser to subdue a man accused of resisting arrest and trying to steal sausage and other items from stores. Full story...
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Bear takes a holiday in downtown Greensboro

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Wildlife officials say a bear took a wrong turn and ended up spending part of his holiday weekend in downtown Greensboro. Full story...
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Medicaid 'optional' services may be trimmed in NC

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North Carolina's Medicaid recipients could see some of the services they've grown accustomed to no longer covered. Full story...
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Voter registration could be key to Obama in 2012

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The number of registered Democrats has fallen in key states carried by President Barack Obama in 2008 in what could be an early warning sign for his re-election campaign. Full story...
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Foresters warn NC hikers to watch for marijuana

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As summer approaches and more people trek into the woods, the US Forest Service warns hikers and others to be careful if they find someone growing marijuana on federal land. Full story...
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House, Senate budget deal would save teaching assistants

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The chief budget-writer in the North Carolina House says a potential deal to finalize a budget with the Senate would preserve funding for teaching assistant positions in the public schools. Full story...
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NC gas prices down slightly for holiday weekend

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High gasoline prices may keep North Carolina drivers close to home for Memorial Day weekend, unless they take into account that those numbers actually have dropped slightly since the first of the month. Full story...
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Blackbeard's anchor to be recovered off NC coast

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An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship may see daylight again for the first time in almost 300 years. Full story...
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Amber Alert issued in Greene County

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The Greene County Sheriff'S Office is searching for a missing child. Cathy Victoria Wells is a 1-year-old White female, approximately 2 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 18 pounds. She has brown hair, and brown eyes. Police say her abductors are Christy Dubois and Rodney Wells. Dubois, 35, white female with brown hair. Full story...
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AP Interview: NAACP wants NC threat investigation

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The NAACP's national president is asking investigators to find the person responsible for a death threat he says was made against the leader of the organization's North Carolina chapter. Full story...
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