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NC legislator going unaffiliated, wants to caucus with GOP

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A state House member from the Outer Banks announced Wednesday he's switching his voter registration from Democrat to unaffiliated and hopes to caucus with the Republican majority beginning with the new legislative session starting this month. Second-term Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk disclosed his decision Wednesday, a week before lawmakers return to Raleigh to elect new chamber leaders. Full story...
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3rd suspect arrested in vandalism of state-owned vehicles

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State Capitol Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the vandalism of 65 state-owned vehicles and the theft of 23 gas fleet credit cards. A statement from the N.C. Department of Public Safety says 36-year-old Rodney Jermaine Wilson Sr. of Knightdale was arrested Tuesday after he turned himself in to authorities. He is charged with 48 separate felonies for breaking and entering vehicles, financial card thefts, and misuse and burning of personal property. The vandalism occurred last September and October, and two of Wilson's sons also face charges. Full story...
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Boehner shunned by 2 NC House members for speaker's post

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Two House Republicans from North Carolina declined to support John Boehner for a third term as speaker. Tuesday's televised roll call for the speaker's election had Reps. Walter Jones from the 3rd District and Mark Meadows of the 11th District each voting for Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida. Webster received the most votes from about 25 GOP defections to someone other than Boehner, who still won the speaker's job. Full story...
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McCrory joins other governors for DC meeting with Obama

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says President Barack Obama was receptive to ideas about Medicaid reform and other issues during a discussion between the president, himself and three other governors. That's McCrory take from Tuesday's White House meeting with Obama and members of the National Governors Association's Executive Committee. McCrory joined the panel last summer. Full story...
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Four taken to hospital after plane crashes in Catawba County

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Four people have been taken to the hospital after a plane crash in Catawba County. The Federal Aviation Administration says a Beech BE-35 aircraft lost power on departure from Hickory Regional Airport around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Full story...
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Nine flu deaths reported in NC during Christmas week

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State health officials say at least nine people died from influenza in North Carolina during the week of Christmas. Hospitals reported that more than 950 patients in North Carolina tested positive for flu. Full story...
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Trial set for white former police chief charged with murder

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A white former South Carolina police chief is expected to stand trial this week for murder in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man. The indictment last month of Richard Combs drew comparisons to the Ferguson shooting and the chokehold death of a black man being arrested by police in New York. Full story...
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Wildlife Commission to consider easing of deer farming rules

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding nine public hearings this month on proposed rule changes, the most controversial of which is proposed regulations for holding deer in captivity. The hearings begin Tuesday in Bladen County and continue until Jan. 22, when a meeting is set for Smithfield. Full story...
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Mark Martin installed as NC chief justice for 8-year term

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North Carolina's top judge says he'll keep working for the next eight years to carry out his platform of court efficiency and timely justice as he did in leading the state court system the previous four months. A standing room-only crowd of judges, five former chief justices, Gov. Pat McCrory and well-wishers of Chief Justice Mark Martin attended his installation ceremony Monday in the courtroom of the Supreme Court. Others watched video feeds at two remote locations in Raleigh. Full story...
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Cumberland board rejects hearing on chicken plant incentives

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The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners again has said no to pursuing a chicken processing plant that would have brought about 1,000 jobs to the area. Multiple media outlets reported commissioners voted 4-3 Monday against a public hearing necessary to consider a $2.5 million incentive package for Sanderson Farms. The company was considering whether to build a $113 million plant in a county-owned industrial park. Full story...
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