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Easley names Hardin to replace Nifong

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Governor Easley has named Jim Hardin to replace Mike Nifong as acting Durham County district attorney. Full story...
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Sheriff Hewett not at scheduled testimony

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videoToday is the day Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in Raleigh, but the sheriff isn't there. Sheriff Hewett will not say why he isn't there -- only that he'll be working in Brunswick County the rest of the week. Hewett along with a number of other employees from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office were issued subpoenas June 7. Full story...
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House committee OKs bill for embryonic stem cell research

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A House committee today approved a bill to set aside $10 million for embryonic stem cell research in North Carolina. The measure passed despite the concerns of opponents about the protection of human life. Full story...
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House approves bill to remove disbarred DAs

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Lawmakers have unanimously approved legislation that allows Governor Easley to immediately remove Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong from office. Full story...
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Disbarred Duke lacrosse prosecutor faces troubled future

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It may not look like Mike Nifong can fall any further. His law license is lost and his reputation's in tatters. Full story...
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NC elections board to consider McAllister complaint June 27

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The State Board of Elections will consider a campaign finance complaint against Representative Mary McAllister's campaign on June 27. Full story...
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Trial continues for Duke prosecutor

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An attorney says defense attorneys for three Duke lacrosse players accused of rape last year made repeated requests of prosecutor Mike Nifong for the full results of DNA testing in the case. Full story...
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Recording industry targets North Carolina universities for illegal downloads

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Federal lawsuits allege that 28 Duke University computer users illegally downloaded music on the school's computer system. Full story...
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Officer: prosecutor pressed Duke case

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Testimony resumed in Raleigh today in the ethics hearing for prosecutor Mike Nifong, who pressed a rape case against Duke University lacrosse players. Full story...
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36 people and organizations associated with Sheriff Hewett under investigation

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We're learning more about what kind of information the US Attorney is looking for against the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office. Monday the county attorney's office released a copy of the subpoena. Thirty-six people and organizations associated with Sheriff Ron Hewett and the department are being investigated. Full story...
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North Carolina being sued by South Carolina over water transfer

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South Carolina has sued North Carolina in federal court, hoping to stop the Tar heel state from draining millions of gallons of water from a river that flows across the state line. Full story...
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Federal judge in Black case steps aside

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The federal judge who had been slated to handle the sentencing of former House Speaker Jim Black has stepped aside. Full story...
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Bill would make killing assistance animals felony

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The State legislature has approved a measure that would give prison time to anyone found guilty of willfully killing a K-9, seeing-eye dog or other law enforcement or assistance animal. Full story...
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Judge rules for other religious texts in court

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A Wake County judge says any religious text can be used to swear in a witness or juror in the state's courts, not just the Bible. Full story...
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Local bars, restaurants to adopt recycling

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Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. It's a slogan you've heard before and now it's one that hundreds in New Hanover County will have to follow. Full story...
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