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HAPPENING TODAY: Union, NAACP plan several Labor Day rallies across NC

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Union and civil rights leaders are joining together for a series of rallies and news conferences across North Carolina on Labor Day. The #TalkUnion tour kicks off Monday morning in Raleigh. Full story...
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Week of protests wraps up at NC Capitol

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About 150 people gathered to march around North Carolina's Capitol as a coalition led by North Carolina's NAACP wraps up a week of demonstrations. The group circled the Capitol seven times and stopped during each pass to allow speakers to address different themes including labor and voting rights. The group is also gathering for a voting rights rally nearby. Full story...
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Manteo man accused after ramming deputy's cruiser

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Dare County authorities have charged a Manteo man who tried to elude sheriff's deputies conducting a drug operation and rammed a deputy's car. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the Dare County Sheriff's Office said members of its narcotics task force tried to stop the vehicle in Wanchese on Wednesday. A statement said the vehicle kept going and was pursued across the Nags Head Causeway to Whalebone. Full story...
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Man accused of posing as policeman to rape child

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Police in the town of Spring Lake northwest of Fayetteville are searching for man charged with posing as a policeman who then sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Area media outlets report that 28-year-old Nathan Lynn Cooley of Spring Lake is charged with first degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child. Full story...
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National attention on NC students who developed date rape detecting nail polish

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Four North Carolina State University students are getting national media attention after announcing they are developing fingernail polish that changes colors when a date rape drug is present. Full story...
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Former Charlotte mayor could be sentenced next week

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced as early as next week on a plea to a public corruption charge. Full story...
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Charges dismissed against NC man in child sex case

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A North Carolina judge has dismissed all charges and overturned the sentence of a man who spent 22 years in prison after his conviction in a child sex abuse case. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a judge overturned Michael Alan Parker's sentence Monday. A statement from The Duke Law School's Wrongful Convictions Clinic says Parker was released Tuesday. Full story...
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White House honor comes as vet's business totters

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A former Marine Corps sniper in Iraq who started a coffee shop that employs fellow veterans is to be honored at a White House event Wednesday even as he solicits online donations to stay open. Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits owner Matt Victoriano admitted Tuesday it's ironic to be honored as an example of the successful veteran-turned-entrepreneur when he may have to shut down in less than two weeks. Full story...
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NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

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A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Margaret "Mardy" Peal is resigning next month. The single mother said she wanted more time with her family. Full story...
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Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

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For Robert McCauley, the scandal at Veterans Affairs medical centers has touched a nerve. The 67-year-old retired sergeant says he's heard complaints from friends about the long wait to see doctors. Full story...
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NC judge agrees agent's firing should be upheld

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An administrative law judge says the state's firing of a North Carolina crime lab agent linked to dozens of misreported lab results should be upheld. The judge ruled Tuesday the State Bureau of Investigation met its burden of proof for just cause to dismiss Duane Deaver in 2011. Deaver had petitioned the Office of Administrative Hearings to get his job back. Full story...
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Fayetteville man accused of beating grandfather over $5

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Authorities in Cumberland County are accusing a Fayetteville man of beating his handicapped grandfather after an argument over $5. The sheriff's office says 18-year-old Michael Allen Jackson was angered when his grandfather refused to give him the money. Full story...
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Brubaker ranked leading lobbyist at NC legislature

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The top leader in the North Carolina House during the mid-1990s is now atop a nonpartisan group's list of the General Assembly's most influential lobbyists. The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research announced Tuesday that Republican Harold Brubaker ranked No. 1 on the list during the 2013 session. Full story...
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Charlotte considers millions on Hornets arena

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The city of Charlotte is considering a plan to spend about $30 million to make improvements at Time Warner Cable Area, home of the NBA's Hornets. Staffers told Charlotte City Council on Monday the money would come from two hospitality taxes. City council is expected to take a first vote on the proposal at a meeting Sept. 8. Full story...
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Charlotte approves incentive deal for Sealed Air

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Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina. Full story...
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