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Outer Banks counties to decide on evacuation

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Officials in two counties that include most of North Carolina's Outer Banks are deciding whether they'll give evacuation orders because of Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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CFPUA ends boil water advisory for Laurel Ridge

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has canceled a boil water advisory for a New Hanover County neighborhood. Full story...
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NCDOT plans for likely closure of island lifeline

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North Carolina transportation officials planning for the arrival of Hurricane Irene say they are prepared for damage to the main highway and bridge serving the Outer Banks. Full story...
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Irene has NC military ready to move jets, events

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At Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps spokesman Nat Fahy says a ceremony opening a new battle training center is being delayed because of Hurricane Irene. Fahy says it is unclear when the ceremony will be held. Full story...
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Perdue hopeful eastern NC will dodge Irene's worst

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Gov. Bev Perdue says people in eastern North Carolina should be prepared for the worst if high winds and rain from Hurricane Irene reach their communities this weekend. Full story...
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Retired NC police chief challenging Jones in GOP

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A newly retired police chief plans a challenge within the Republican Party to unseat an incumbent North Carolina congressman who has represented the region for more than a decade. Full story...
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NC State picks developer for neighboring hotel

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A popular watering hole for a generation of North Carolina State University students is being torn down and will be replaced by a 125-room hotel across the street from the school's Bell Tower. Full story...
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Gastonia woman shot to death; man arrested

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A 22-year-old Gastonia woman has been shot to death and police have arrested a suspect. Full story...
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Irene could test growing reliance on technology

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video Cell phone service was disrupted on the east coast today after an earthquake struck in central Virginia, but more than that could be impacted here if Hurricane Irene hits this weekend. From apps on smart phones to digital cable to the expansion of the Internet, folks in the Cape Fear are more aware and therefore should be more prepared for a hurricane than they were for Fran in 1996 or Floyd in 1999. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Earthquake in Virginia rattles Cape Fear

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video Waterspouts. A funnel cloud. A hurricane this weekend. Now an earthquake. Yes, if you felt the ground shake around 2 p.m., that was indeed a 5.8 earthquake centered north of Richmond, VA. Full story...
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