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UPDATE: Study Barfield cited on Gravely impact doesn't exist

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This morning on "The Big Talker FM," New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield referenced an economic study the county did on the USS Gravely's visit. He said the commission used the study to help justify giving the commissioning committee $25,000 to help host their parties. Problem is, no one knows what study he's talking about. Full story...
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Bill would make NC 11th graders take national test

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The North Carolina Legislature this year took away several end-of-course standardized tests high schoolers must take. Now lawmakers are considering adding new ones that educators say will more accurately measure student performance. Full story...
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NC House meets in old chamber to recall 1776 push

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North Carolina House members are gathering in their old chamber to mark the day the state became the first to officially urge independence from Great Britain. Full story...
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Former state superintendent Craig Phillips dies at 88

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Former state education superintendent Craig Phillips died this morning in Wilmington. He was 88. Full story...
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Currituck Co. may limit visits to wild horse herds

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Complaints against tour operators in Currituck County may lead to tighter regulations on visitor access to the wild horses of Corolla on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Full story...
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Second home added to search for missing Durham boy

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The search for a missing woman and a 5-year-old boy has expanded with the search of a second house in Durham County. Full story...
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Zahra's dad wants to go back to Australia

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The father of a slain North Carolina girl hopes to be able to return to his native Australia once his legal problems are resolved. Full story...
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Senate to hear posthumous pardon for NC governor

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The North Carolina Senate is ready to consider whether to clear a Reconstruction-era governor 140 years after the chamber removed him from his job when he called out the militia to quell an insurrection by the Ku Klux Klan. Full story...
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NC fight brews over who benefits from health pool

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The North Carolina health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses taking shape in the General Assembly is drawing howls from consumer advocates. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Gas prices close in on $3.80 a gallon in Wilmington

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Gas prices continue to climb this week and are closing in on $3.80 a gallon at many stations across the city. Full story...
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