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Feds override NC on draining coal ash dumps

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Federal environmental officials spurred North Carolina regulators to reverse course on a policy allowing Duke Energy to drain massive amounts of polluted wastewater from its coal ash dumps directly into the state's rivers and lakes. Full story...
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Advocate: Fill empty jobs in wake of inmate death

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Disability Rights North Carolina Executive Director Vicki Smith said Friday that the prison must fill vacancies among mental health, medical and correctional workers to address deficiencies that contribute to poor treatment. Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of the March 12 death of inmate Michael Anthony Kerr, a 54-year-old with schizophrenia who died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days. Full story...
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Judge wants NC to discuss voting changes

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A federal judge wants to know how North Carolina intends to carry out an appeals court decision restoring same-day registration during early voting this fall and counting out-of-precinct ballots cast on Election Day. Full story...
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UPDATE: Court denies NC request to delay voting law order

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videoA federal appeals court has refused to block the implementation of its ruling this week that restores same-day voter registration in North Carolina and the counting of ballots cast out-of-precinct on Election Day. Full story...
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More than 4,000 hogs die in Moore County farm

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A fire at a farm in Moore County has killed more than 4,000 hogs. WRAL-TV reported the fire started around 11 p.m. Wednesday at a 700-acre farm near Eagle Springs. The station reported that the hogs ranged from 14 to 45 pounds. Full story...
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Former headmaster accuses Nicholas Sparks of being racist, homophobic

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videoBest-selling author Nicholas Sparks is being sued by a former Jewish headmaster of his school in New Bern, who accuses him of being a homophobic, anti-Semitic racist, according to a lawsuit. Full story...
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NC chief justice discusses overturned murder cases

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North Carolina's chief justice says the reversal of two convictions in a Robeson County murder illustrates the dangers of an underfunded criminal justice system. Full story...
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North Carolina considers changing grading scale

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North Carolina education leaders are considering changing the grading scale for high schools in the state. Full story...
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Changes in more than 20 NC laws begin Wednesday

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New North Carolina laws involving coal ash, specialty license plates and the regulation of alcoholic beverages are being implemented starting in October. All or portions of more than 20 pieces of legislation approved by the General Assembly take effect beginning Wednesday. Full story...
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Samaritan's Purse to provide Ebola relief supplies

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A North Carolina-based Christian relief organization is flying about 100 tons of supplies to west African nations struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, outlined the mission at a news conference Wednesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Full story...
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Rand Paul in NC to help Tillis

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says there are many libertarian values that North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis represents that should attract many like-minded people to vote for him over Democrat Kay Hagan this fall. Full story...
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Judge issues gag order in case of 5 slain SC kids

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A judge has issued a gag order in the case of a South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children. Local media outlets report Wednesday that Circuit Judge Thomas Russo approved the step in the case of Timothy Ray Jones Jr. Full story...
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Court blocks parts of new NC voting law

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video A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina's strict new voting law set aside for next month's elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters. Full story...
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Health officials say NC infant mortality rate down

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State health officials say North Carolina's infant mortality rate in 2013 matches the rate three years ago as the lowest ever. The Public Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday the rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. Full story...
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UPDATE: Student shot twice; gunman turns himself in

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videoPolice in Albemarle said one student was shot at Albemarle High School Tuesday morning. Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said the suspected shooter is Jalen Russell. Halliburton said the shooting victim is 16-year-old Bernard Miller. Authorities corrected an earlier report that the victim was 17 years old. Full story...
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