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July 24, 2016 - 35 minutes ago

In a year stained by violence where the world seems to grow ever darker, it is amazing the small things that can restore your faith in mankind.

A funny tweet. An email from a dear friend. A news story about some kind and generous act.

Or the chance to witness a beautiful moment.

I have had that…


Anders: Gordon's return feels a bit bittersweet

July 24, 2016 - 35 minutes ago

An athlete ending his or her career on top can be as rare as unicorns and seeing music on MTV.

For every John Elway, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning, there are dozens of greats whose productivity fizzled as they neared retirement.

Jeff Gordon wasn’t able to close out his illustrious Sprint Cup…


New CSX transportation hub could spark big growth

July 24, 2016 - 35 minutes ago

The announcement this week that CSX Corporation will build a new intermodal rail-to-truck terminal in Rocky Mount could not be better and more timely news for that city and the residents of Edgecombe and Nash counties. But the good news doesn’t end there.

The placement of a major…


Clean, reliable swine waste-to-energy projects essential

July 24, 2016 - 35 minutes ago

Renewable energy is essential to Gov. Pat McCrory’s all-of-the-above strategy to bring clean, reliable energy to homes and businesses, but swine waste-to-energy projects have lagged behind under lopsided legislative policies. The McCrory administration is urging the N.C. Utilities Commission…