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Mecklenburg officer's conviction may void arrests

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A Mecklenburg County prosecutor says drivers who received a traffic ticket or drunken driving citation from a police officer convicted of criminal contempt may get a reprieve. Full story...
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Stepmom of Zahra Baker Pleads Not Guilty

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The woman accused of killing her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter has entered not guilty pleas in a Caldwell County courtroom for four felony counts. Full story...
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NC lawmakers consider abortion info requirements

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North Carolina lawmakers are taking up legislation that would require a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus before a legal abortion. Full story...
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Perdue says Democrats will side with her on budget

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Gov. Bev Perdue says she's confident she'll have enough Democrats on her side when a final North Carolina state budget gets to her desk. Full story...
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Schools seek grace on year-end due to weather

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North Carolina lawmakers and the state school board are grappling with what's becoming a regular problem of squeezing a school year shortened by bad weather into a calendar that requires a 10-week summer vacation. Full story...
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Ashcroft joins company once known as Blackwater

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Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft is joining the security firm once known as Blackwater. Full story...
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Durham to appeal ruling on Duke lacrosse lawsuits

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Lawyers for the city of Durham will appeal a judge's ruling allowing members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team to seek civil damages from the city. Full story...
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Indigent defense pay cuts rile lawyers

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More than a dozen defense attorneys have resigned from Alamance County's court-appointed counsel list after the state said it could no longer pay $75 per hour for defense of poor clients. Full story...
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FEMA says loss of roof is 'minor damage' in Dunn

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Federal officials have rejected a Dunn man's request for aid to rebuild his home after he lost most of his roof in the April 16 tornados. Full story...
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House agrees on Republican penned budget

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The House has tentatively agreed to a $19 billion plus budget bill for next year, penned by Republicans, that would let expire a pair of temporary tax increases and received some Democratic support. Full story...
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Lenoir-Rhyne's Goldsmith retires after 45 years

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Fred Goldsmith announced his retirement Tuesday. He had been coaching at Lenoir-Rhyne for four years, going 17-27 and leading the Division II Bears to a 7-4 record in 2010. Full story...
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Commission approves giant wind farm in eastern NC

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A state panel has approved a 300-megawatt wind farm in eastern North Carolina, but the project still needs numerous other permits before turbines can start producing green energy. Full story...
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Taxes, layoffs are issues in NC House budget

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The House has started its debate on a proposed North Carolina state budget pushed by Republicans who call it a right-sized plan that makes sure government lives within its means. Full story...
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House bill OKs change NC forced annexation laws

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Landowners could block a North Carolina municipality from acquiring unincorporated areas against their will if 60 percent of them file petitions against the plan in legislation approved by a House committee. Full story...
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Closing arguments set for murder trial of Cary man

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Defense attorneys and prosecutors are scheduled to begin closing arguments after eight weeks of testimony in the trial of a Cary man accused in the 2008 death of his wife. Full story...
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