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Alarms for staff at NC mental hospitals unreliable

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North Carolina Health and Human Services officials say the emergency transmitters the state bought to protect mental hospital workers are plagued by problems and are rarely used. Full story...
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Drivers Beware: State gas tax going up again next week

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North Carolina's gas tax will increase 2.5 cents to 35 cents per gallon starting July 1. NC drivers now pay a combined state and federal gas tax of 51.2 cents per gallon. That's one of the highest rates in the nation, and the second highest in the Southeast, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Gov. Perdue vetoes Voter ID Bill; Updated with Berger reaction

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"There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it." - Governor Perdue Full story...
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Gibbs is featured visitor at Perdue fundraiser

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The former chief spokesman for President Obama is the special guest for a scheduled fundraiser for North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue's 2012 re-election campaign. Full story...
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Drug maker to pay $1.2 million to NC in settlement

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says North Carolina will get more than $1 million in a multi-state settlement involving claims of flawed drug manufacturing at a plant in Puerto Rico. Full story...
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Lawyers: NC Legislature should redo schools budget

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Lawyers for North Carolina school districts challenging the nearly $20 billion state budget approved last week want a judge to order the Legislature to redo the spending plan. Full story...
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Vehicle shot near Raleigh-Durham airport

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Police say someone fired on a vehicle traveling along Interstate 540 near the Raleigh-Durham airport, but the shots missed the people inside. Full story...
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Candler man accused of striking elderly driver

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Police say a road-rage incident led to the arrest of a man who witnesses say bragged about punching a 78-year-old driver. Full story...
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Donations keep Charlotte Red Cross chapter alive

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The Red Cross is known for helping people in trouble, and now Charlotte has backed the Red Cross in its time of need. Full story...
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Owner of alleged puppy mill arrested

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Authorities in Caldwell County have arrested the owner of a kennel and seized 276 dogs, some of them suffering from serious infections and living in dirty cages stacked atop one another. Full story...
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Ex-Craven County deputy charged in fatal crash

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Prosecutors say a Craven County deputy has been arrested after he lied about a fatal crash earlier this month. Full story...
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UNC may hoop it up on aircraft carrier

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The ship that buried Osama bin Laden at sea may host the first ever college basketball game on an aircraft carrier. The Navy and the NCAA are in talks to hold the "Carrier Classic" on Veterans Day. Full story...
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NC sterilization victims seek payments from state

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Victims of a state-sponsored sterilization program and their family members are urging a governor-appointed task force to recommend financial compensation for the suffering they endured under North Carolina's discontinued eugenics program. Full story...
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Judge opens hearing on budget cuts, NC schools

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A North Carolina judge is reviewing educational data to try to determine if the state's nearly $20 billion budget and other recent legislation allow every child to get the chance for a sound basic education. Full story...
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Belmont police rounding up 26 on drug charges

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Police in Belmont have arrested 14 people on drug charges and are looking for 12 additional suspects after a three-month investigation into drug trafficking. Full story...
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