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McCrory: Coal ash commission violates constitution

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Gov. Pat McCrory says he will likely sign a coal ash cleanup bill approved last week by the North Carolina Legislature into law, even though he suggested a key provision violates the state Constitution. Full story...
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McCrory signs bill sponsored by late lawmaker

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Legislation to protect health care workers sponsored by a North Carolina lawmaker who died last weekend has been signed into law. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill sponsored by the late Rep. Jim Fulghum on Tuesday. Full story...
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McCrory signs Common Core changes into law

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Common Core curriculum standards for North Carolina schools will be rewritten under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. McCrory signed the bill Tuesday along with four others. He said the Common Core bill does not officially repeal the federal standards but will review and improve them. Full story...
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Prosecutor: hearing in UNC agents case on hold

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This week's scheduled hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been postponed. Full story...
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UNCW appeals jury's verdict, judge's ruling in Adams lawsuit

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videoThe University of North Carolina Wilmington has filed a notice of appeal in criminology professor Mike Adams' case against the university. Full story...
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ACLU questions if counties comply with prison law

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North Carolina sheriffs in 23 counties haven't responded to a request for written policies showing they're in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, but the head of their advocacy group says they may still be following the law. Full story...
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Question on jury trials could soon reach NC voters

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North Carolina voters could decide next year whether some defendants should be given the option to waive their right to a jury trial. Full story...
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'Ask a Lawyer Day' offers free legal advice

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videoPeople did not have to lawyer-up to ask legal questions this weekend. It was "Ask a Lawyer Day" Saturday at Independence Mall. Full story...
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Families sue NC county fair over E.coli outbreak

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The first lawsuits seeking to establish liability for a fatal outbreak of E. coli bacteria at the Cleveland County Fair are in the courts. Full story...
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NC man mowing grass killed; SC man charged

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A North Carolina man cutting the grass at a church has been struck and killed and a South Carolina man has been charged. Full story...
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NC appellate court candidates gather for debate

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Candidates for four North Carolina appellate court seats on the November ballot are gathering to discuss their judicial philosophies before a group of Triad-area attorneys. Full story...
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Wake Co. judge considers bail bondsmen law

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A Wake County judge is giving more thought before deciding whether to block a new law that gives a trade group lone authority to train bail bondsmen in North Carolina. Full story...
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Family Dollar reaches settlement in class-action lawsuit

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Family Dollar says it has reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit from more than 1,700 New York store managers on overtime wages. Full story...
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October hearings in NC Racial Justice Act cases

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Hearings have been scheduled to determine whether three people convicted of Fayetteville-area killings can be taken off North Carolina's death row under the Racial Justice Act. Full story...
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Cooper hails NC DNA law during national meeting

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North Carolina's top prosecutor says the state's DNA law is getting results and saving lives. Full story...
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