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Blaze near Chimney Rock will last into weekend

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A wildfire burning near Chimney Rock has now scorched more than 1,000 acres and could get more intense with warm temperatures and wind this weekend. Full story...
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NC bird watchers gear up for annual bird count

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North Carolina residents can make sure the state develops a reputation as being for the birds. Full story...
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Carowinds to hire 2,100 employees for season

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Carowinds is preparing to hire 2,100 employees as the theme park on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line prepares for its 39th season. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 FROM RALEIGH: Perdue unveils $20B budget for next year

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video Gov. Bev Perdue announced this morning how she plan to close a multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Her budget plan eliminates thousands of jobs and keeps most of a temporary states sales tax increase for the next two years. But if anyone came out on top with the governor's budget, it's teachers. Full story...
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Senate delays vote on NC charter school changes

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A proposal to give North Carolina charter schools new freedom from the state's public school system is being delayed. Full story...
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EX-NC teacher accused of giving alcohol to teens

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A former Johnston County middle school teacher has been arrested and charged with giving alcohol to teens. Full story...
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Cary refuses to release names of bank hostages

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Officials are refusing to disclose the names of several people held hostage in a bank standoff in Cary last week. Full story...
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Waka Flocka Flame questioned after NC shooting

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Charlotte Police say they are investigating a shootout involving rapper Waka Flocka Flame that left one person wounded. Full story...
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NC charter school changes approved by Senate panel

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A bill to eliminate North Carolina's current limit of 100 charter schools has been approved by a Senate committee despite complaints it lacks accountability to ensure opportunity for at-risk students. Full story...
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Hagan wants more tax cuts for military hires

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan wants to expand a tax credit offered to businesses who hire military veterans. Full story...
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NC budget woes may cut subsidy for working poor

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Tough budget times may end a state tax subsidy program that put more than $50 million into the pockets of the working poor in North Carolina last year. Full story...
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Accessible playground to be dedicated to Zahra

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Civic groups in Catawba County are expanding a Hickory playground in memory of Zahra Baker, a 10-year-old girl whose dismembered remains were found in western North Carolina last year. Full story...
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No historical marker for blacks who fought for South

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Plans for a historical marker commemorating 10 black men who served the Confederacy are being rejected by Union County officials as inappropriate for the old county courthouse. Full story...
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Jailed NC author seeks new trial in murder case

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A Durham author convicted of killing his wife wants a new trial, based on revelations about flaws in the State Bureau of Investigation's crime lab. Full story...
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NC's slap at federal health care law keeps going

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A North Carolina challenge to the federal health care overhaul that has been winding through the General Assembly is back on the agenda. Full story...
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