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Judge opens hearing on budget cuts, NC schools

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A North Carolina judge is reviewing educational data to try to determine if the state's nearly $20 billion budget and other recent legislation allow every child to get the chance for a sound basic education. Full story...
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Pender wildfire grows to 10,000 acres; State of Emergency likely

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A wildfire burning in Pender County since the weekend has now grown to about 10,000 acres and is about five miles wide, according to an e-mail from County Manager Rick Benton forwarded to WWAY. Benton also says the so-called Juniper Road Fire is moving toward NC 53 and NC 50 in the Maple Hill area, but no homes are in danger at this time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Smoke from Pender Co. wildfire drifting all the way to Roanoke Rapids

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Roanoke Rapids Fire Chief Gary Corbet said brush fires to the south and east of Halifax County, which originated Friday, have pushed smoke so high it has managed to drift all the way to Roanoke Rapids and other parts of the Roanoke Valley. Full story...
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Belmont police rounding up 26 on drug charges

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Police in Belmont have arrested 14 people on drug charges and are looking for 12 additional suspects after a three-month investigation into drug trafficking. Full story...
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Prosecutor in Zahra Baker case charged with DWI in Brunswick Co.

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A chief assistant district attorney - and a lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case - was arrested early Tuesday in Sunset Beach and charged with driving while impaired. Full story...
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NC Girl Scout council eyes properties for sale

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A 114-acre site in Guilford County will go up for sale as the regional council works to reduce costs and streamline operations. Full story...
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NC victims compensation panel to consider claims

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North Carolina's Crime Victims Compensation Commission will review 50 claims totaling more than $1 million when it meets this week. Full story...
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Drought returns to central North Carolina

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The state Drought Management Agency has issued a drought warning for much of central North Carolina, with rainfall levels nearly 6 inches below average for the year. Full story...
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Cumberland Co. barbers may improve clients' health

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Barbers in Cumberland County are helping clients stay healthy by talking with them about the risks of prostate cancer. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Saffo says proposed hotel ship would require funds the city doesn't have

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video The new convention center has brought in a good amount of visitors but one man says his idea will attract even more folks to the center and the rest of the Cape Fear. John Voet says his hotel ship is what Wilmington needs. He’s proposing docking the ship downtown along the river walk. But for now, Mayor Bill Saffo says the city will not be moving forward with Voet's proposal. Full story...
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