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NC State Fair presents new fried food offerings

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The vendors at this year's N.C. State Fair have found something new to drop in a fryer. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Ragin' Cajun booth will be selling deep-fried bananas Foster, the classic New Orleans dessert where bananas are sauteed in rum and brown sugar and served with vanilla ice cream. Full story...
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Drug companies announce NC expansions, new jobs

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Two pharmaceutical companies already in North Carolina say adding several hundred jobs in the state through the rest of the decade. Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday a business unit of DPx Holdings will create 488 more jobs at its Greenville location by the end of 2019 as part of a $159 million capital investment. The subsidiary is called Patheon and provides contract development and manufacturing assistance to the pharmaceutical industry. Full story...
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NC high school player dies after collapse

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A high school football player in North Carolina has died after he collapsed before a game last weekend. Wake County Schools announced Monday that Isaiah Langston of Rolesville High School died after collapsing on the field before Friday night's game with Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. Full story...
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Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge

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A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon will be on trial in military court on desertion and other charges. A news release Friday says a Marine general has referred 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun for a general court-martial. No date has been set. Full story...
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Cary man pleads guilty in wife's death in 2008

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A man awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife six years ago has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Multiple media outlets reported that 40-year-old Brad Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday in Raleigh. Full story...
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Captured fugitive returns to NC after 1973 escape

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Investigators arrested Carnes in Waterloo, Iowa, in April after facial recognition technology suggested that he applied for Iowa driver's licenses under two identities. They soon learned Carnes was wanted for escaping from prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973, when he was serving time for the 1970 armed robbery of a convenience store. Full story...
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Panel considers parole for NC officer's killer

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A North Carolina panel is considering whether to grant parole to a man convicted of killing a Clayton police officer 32 years ago. WRAL-TV reported the North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission heard from witnesses on Tuesday about the possibility of releasing 64-year-old Bobby Earl Smith. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court again weighs Duke Energy rates

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North Carolina's highest court is examining whether state utilities regulators correctly weighed the consumer impact of two rate increases for a Duke Energy operating unit. Full story...
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Tillis, Hagan gear up for 1st NC Senate debate

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videoNorth Carolina's leading U.S. Senate candidates are finally meeting in person to trade accusations and present their case to voters on live television. Full story...
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National attention on NC students who developed date rape detecting nail polish

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Four North Carolina State University students are getting national media attention after announcing they are developing fingernail polish that changes colors when a date rape drug is present. Full story...
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NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

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A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Margaret "Mardy" Peal is resigning next month. The single mother said she wanted more time with her family. Full story...
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Protesters attend labor rights rally at NC Capitol

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Dozens of demonstrators wearing red union shirts rallied at the North Carolina capitol to call for fair wages and workers' rights. Friday's rally kicked off seven days of demonstrations by the organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests of conservative public policy at the North Carolina Legislature. About 1,000 people have been arrested at the protests during the past two legislative sessions. Full story...
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NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

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North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants. Full story...
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NC Senate send House bargain on teacher assistants

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The North Carolina Senate has offered solutions to end the General Assembly's three-month work session and fix a problem so more teacher assistants stay employed this fall. The House must decide whether to go along. Full story...
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Duke agrees to $1.2B deal with ElectriCities

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Duke Energy Progress has agreed to purchase the generating capacity of ElectriCities in a $1.2 billion deal expected to translate into lower power bills for thousands of eastern North Carolina residents. Full story...
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