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Christmas trees big business in NC mountains

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Christmas trees grown in North Carolina are already well on their way to stores and tree stands across the country. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that North Carolina ranks second in the nation behind Oregon in Christmas tree production. Federal statistics say the state supplies about 4 million trees worth about $1 billion. Full story...
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Officer shoots at men during Jacksonville chase

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Authorities say two men have been taken to the hospital after they tried to strike a police officer with their car during a chase. Jacksonville Police told local media outlets that an officer from Camp Lejeune officer tried to stop the men around 10 p.m. Wednesday and called on other officers after the vehicle got away. Full story...
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Protesters block Durham road in Ferguson rally

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Those protesting the decision against indicting a white police officer in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting of a black teen briefly blocked a road in Durham. Hundreds of people attended various rallies in the Raleigh-Durham area Tuesday evening. Full story...
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Labor group in NC protests for higher wages

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A labor group is demanding higher wages and full-time work for North Carolina Walmart workers as the holiday shopping season ramps up. Full story...
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NC House Republicans have choice of 6 for speaker

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Republican candidates to succeed Thom Tillis as North Carolina House speaker are walking the fine line between praising his four years leading the chamber and critiquing his tenure to promote their independence. There are six announced candidates heading into Saturday's meeting of the House Republican Caucus in Asheboro. The lawmaker they choose will almost certainly become speaker when the full House meets in January for the formal elections. That's because the GOP holds 74 of the chamber's 120 seats. Full story...
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2nd NC child dies from flu complications

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State health officials say a second child in North Carolina has died of complications from the flu. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported the death on its website Friday. While neither the child's age nor identity have been released, the website reports the victim was between 5 and 17 years old and died last week. Full story...
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UNC-CH billed $3M for probe finding fake classes

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North Carolina's flagship public university is being billed more than $3 million for the probe by outside attorneys that detailed a nearly two-decade-long scheme that used fake grades to keep some athletes eligible. Full story...
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Group wants gun policy changed at Harris Teeter

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video Grocery store chain Kroger is getting a push from a group of mothers to ban guns from its stores, including Harris Teeter locations. Full story...
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October jobless rate in NC drops to 6.3 percent

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video North Carolina's unemployment rate keeps falling. The state Commerce Department reported Friday that the jobless rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September. Full story...
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Man accused of killing dog, posting it on Facebook

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Authorities have charged a Snow Camp man with felony animal cruelty after he shot and killed a family's dog, then bragged about it on a social media site. The Times-News of Burlington reports 20-year-old Trevor Lee White is accused of shooting the dog in the face while hunting on land near Robbie and Allie Dixon's property. Full story...
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