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NCCU grad copied speech from YouTube

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A North Carolina Central University law school graduate faces possible disciplinary action after copying a commencement speech almost word for word from a YouTube video. Preston Mitchum - NCCU's top law student - delivered this year's commencement speech. Full story...
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Police: Man touched women's feet at UNC

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UNC public safety officers are looking for more victims after arresting a man for allegedly touching women's feet. Full story...
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NC House votes on protecting drug makers in court

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North Carolina could become just the second state in the country to protect pharmaceutical companies from almost all lawsuits for the harm a drug may cause. Full story...
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Wildfire brings air quality alert to parts of NC

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An air quality advisory is in effect for northeastern North Carolina as smoke from a wildfire in Dare County continues drifting northward. Full story...
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New dive planned for Blackbeard artifacts in NC

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Researchers and divers will soon be looking for pirate treasure off the North Carolina coast. Full story...
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Sniper training surprises Asheville residents

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A police exercise to practice how to respond to a sniper incident caught some people by surprise in Asheville. Full story...
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Birth rates rise as Fort Bragg soldiers return

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Soldiers home from deployment mean more babies at Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center. Full story...
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Currituck county commissioners reject hotel and shops building plan

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Currituck County commissioners have rejected a request to allow a hotel and shops to be built in a four-wheel-drive area where about 100 wild horses roam. Full story...
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Ex-Easley aide Poole gets one year in prison

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A former aide to ex-North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley must spend a year behind bars for failing to report a $30,000 profit on coastal property that was uncovered during a federal probe involving the two-term governor. Full story...
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Nonprofit to test NC adolescents' college interest

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A national nonprofit organization wants to test whether telling parents of at-risk North Carolina adolescents more about college will increase interest in higher education. Full story...
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Gay marriage row grows as NC Legislature changes

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Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in North Carolina are encouraged by developments at the General Assembly, whose Republican leaders are open to the question after Democrats blocked it for years. Full story...
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Fired SBI agent files appeal to get his job back

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The former State Bureau of Investigation agent fired after an investigation into practices at the North Carolina state crime lab is trying to get his job back. Full story...
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NC schools to weigh nutrition value of snack foods

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North Carolina public schools are moving toward rules to cut down on empty-calorie snacks and soft drinks. Full story...
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Lawmakers approve school day weather exceptions

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Some North Carolina school districts would receive exceptions to minimum instructional time this year due to storms and a fire in a bill heading to Gov. Bev Perdue's desk. Full story...
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Driver cited for wrecking Davidson Co. school bus

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A school bus driver in Davidson County who overturned a bus with students on board has been cited by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and suspended from her job without pay. Full story...
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