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N.C.

Air pollution warning grows as wildfire burns

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Drifting smoke from a persistent wildfire has prompted North Carolina officials to extend an air pollution advisory across an even broader swath of the state. Full story...
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Driver helps students escape burning bus

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An Edgecombe County bus driver is being hailed for getting 39 elementary school students safely off a bus that caught fire. Full story...
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NC early-voting time reduced in House proposal

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North Carolina residents would have one week less to cast ballots before elections in legislation that supporters say would save money but opponents argue would discourage citizens - particularly Democrats - from voting. Full story...
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NC lawmakers back bill adding abortion regulations

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North Carolina legislators are moving ahead with an effort to make it more time-consuming to get an abortion by requiring state-mandated counseling, a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus. Full story...
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NC GOP tax package may cut rates, simplify returns

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North Carolina's individual income tax rates could be lowered and state returns simplified in a package of changes being considered by Republicans at the Legislature. Full story...
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Judge sets $500,000 bond for Duke lacrosse accuser

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A judge has set a $500,000 bond for Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum in her first-degree murder case. Full story...
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Triangle to get new area code

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North Carolina's booming population and the proliferation of cell phones mean people calling numbers in the Research Triangle region are going to have to get used to some new digits. Full story...
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Thunderstorms bring hail, power outages to NC

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Thunderstorms brought high winds and hail to parts of North Carolina, leaving thousands without electric service. Full story...
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Senate moves forward with energy exploration measure

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The North Carolina Senate is pushing ahead with the idea of allowing energy exploration off the state's coast.The Senate voted 38-12 on Tuesday to back a measure supporterssay would help the state cash in on energy royalties and possibly create thousands of long-term jobs. Full story...
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Civil rights group files complaint of discriminaton at Durham county schools

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A national civil rights group has filed a federal complaint against Durham County schools, alleging a pattern of discrimination against Latino students. Full story...
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NC panel gives first OK to health insurance market

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North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to create a marketplace of private health plans for people who now have the hardest time finding coverage. Full story...
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Another NC state employee health plan change OK'd

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The General Assembly has finalized a substitute plan to close a funding gap for the health insurance plan for North Carolina employees, retirees and their dependents that still could face a veto from Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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Jury mulling Bragg soldier's fate hears 911 call

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The Michigan soldier accused of murdering his brother-in-law inside a home on Fort Bragg told a 911 operator he awoke covered in blood in his car. Full story...
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NC Senate looking to spend more on UNC system

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The development of a North Carolina state budget is taking a slightly different path now that senators have started meeting in committees after the House approved its plan last week. Full story...
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NC education governance is shifted in House bill

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The debate over who should lead North Carolina's public education system has returned to the General Assembly in a bill that would shift authority to the statewide elected superintendent. Full story...
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