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Arson trial reveals teen's connection to Sen. Soles

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video On day two of the Allen Strickland arson retrial jurors heard from several witnesses including an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation. Megan Kwalick interviewed Strickland hours after the July 2009 fire. In that conversation Strickland told Agent Kwalick about his financial connection with former state Senator R.C. Soles. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: DWI report shows Navassa mayor threatened cops who pulled him over; Willis says troopers made that up

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Willis told troopers statements such as, "Those police officers that stopped me, they are wanna be cops, now they're going to be used to be," and, "You've got yourself into some deep politics," and, "I used to sign their paychecks." He also told troopers, "Those officers better hope I don't blow a .07." Full story...
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House to vote to ban rules on new light bulbs

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The House is taking up one of the more uncommon questions of this legislative year: whether Americans are being forced to sacrifice personal freedoms for a better light bulb. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Copper and golf cart battery burglars nabbed

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Multiple incidents were reported between June and July of 2011 involving motor vehicle break-ins, copper thefts from businesses and golf cart battery thefts in the Holden Beach area. These incidents generated numerous community complaints and tips that led Detectives to suspects, Benjamin Carlyle and Justin Varnum. Full story...
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N&O Editorial: Trooper conduct is a roadside test for Gov. Perdue

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You know how Gina Tessener blew a 0.00? Well, Gubna, you're blowing it, too. Readers are incensed that, despite Perdue's vow of "zero tolerance" for trooper misconduct, Senior Trooper Edward Wyrick is back riding herd over state roads and Trooper Andrew Smith has been suspended but will likely be back in the saddle, too. Full story...
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Bladen Co. school board members reportedly overspend on California trip

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video Two Bladen County School Board members reportedly over-spent more than $1,000 of tax payers' money during an out of state conference. In April, the two board members attended a national school board conference in California. According to spending records from the trip, the two spent much more than they were supposed to. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Man jumped off Southport pier to prove he could swim; Search called off

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video The Southport Chief of Police tells us the man who rescue crews continue to look for in the Cape Fear River jumped off the pier to show that he could swim. His body has not been recovered yet. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: McIntyre calls out NBC for editing out "under God" in pledge

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NBC Universal has apologized to members of Congress for taking the words "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance during the recent U.S. Open. Reps. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. -- who lead the Congressional Prayer Caucus -- joined 106 other members of Congress in expressing their frustration to NBC leaders. Full story...
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NC lawmakers back in session Wednesday to tackle redistricting & veto overrides

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State lawmakers who rushed out of Raleigh last month after completing the state budget and most of their work gradually are returning this week to tackle redistricting and to try to override Gov. Beverly Perdue's vetoes. Full story...
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Rivenbark in critical condition; No charges filed while he's in hospital

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Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark's son Travis is in critical condition Monday after being hit by a car while on his bicycle Saturday night. He suffered severe injuries including a broken neck. Full story...
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