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Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon dead at 103

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Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the deeply private and profoundly wealthy centenarian, has died at her estate in Virginia. She was 103. Full story...
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City considering setting aside $100,000 for legal expenses tied to hotel deal

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On Tuesday, the Wilmington City Council will consider setting aside $100,000 for legal expenses related to the planned hotel next to the convention center. Full story...
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Pender County gives new life to old Topsail High School

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video The old Topsail High School will breathe new life after Pender County commissioners today broke ground on renovations to make it the home of Pender County's Eastern Annex Building. Full story...
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New Hanover mulls $500,000 worth of incentives for Fortron

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video New Hanover County will consider ponying up $500,000 worth of incentives for Fortron Industries LLC. Full story...
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McCrory aide: Raising teacher pay to take years

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Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is responding to criticism about changes affecting public schools and teachers by saying it's listening and looking for ways to build statewide consensus. Full story...
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Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit

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A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act by allowing its coal ash pits to pollute a major Charlotte waterway. Full story...
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NC coming up against another food stamp deadline

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North Carolina's health secretary says it will be "extremely difficult" to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month to comply with demands from federal regulators. Full story...
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NC lawmakers not high on legalizing marijuana for tax money

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videoWhen most people think of pot, there is a negative connotation. But in Colorado, it's proving to be a cash crop. So could it help cash-strapped north carolina? Area politicians do not think it has bright future along Tobacco Road, or at least its recreational use. Full story...
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Pender Co. looks for new site for jail after Burgaw blocks plan

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videoPender County is looking for a new location for a jail after Burgaw commissioners last night voted down the county's request to rezone some land. The county was under contract to purchase 34 acres along US 117 in Burgaw. Now it's back to the drawing board. Full story...
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NC health insurance sign-ups higher than predicted

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The Obama administration says North Carolina's marketplace for subsidized health insurance continues to enroll buyers for private coverage at a steady clip. Full story...
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Vote on permit for Porters Neck project put on hold

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video A technicality delayed a request for a special-use permit to build a mixed-use project near Porters Neck Road and Market Street, adjacent to the Lowe's Home Improvement store. Full story...
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NC leaders deciding again on state's film break future

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North Carolina's film incentives may finally become a permanent fixture in the state's economic development pitch to television and movie producers. Or it could get written out of the script. Full story...
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NC Dems' interim director given long-term title

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The North Carolina Democratic Party has chosen as its executive director the woman who'd been serving in the role on an interim basis. Full story...
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New Hanover Republicans get first look at primary candidates

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It was a grand old party at the Northeast Library as Republicans studied up on their primary candidates. Full story...
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State Sen. Martin Nesbitt dies of stomach cancer

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State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said Nesbitt died Thursday after being diagnosed last week with stomach cancer. Full story...
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