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July 31, 2016 - 8 minutes ago

“How short the span twixt come and go, greeting and farewell;/ Of yesterday the tale we know, tomorrow, who can tell.” — Donald McKechnie, known as the bard of Jura.

Our family’s return to Scotland and to the western island of Jura took us down the curving single-lane…


Let's play Jeopardy: Category, the N.C. economy

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My duties as Commerce Secretary take me across the state each week. I meet with groups large and small. I visit country crossroads, major metro areas, suburbs and exurbs. I speak and listen to business people, local government officials and community leaders.

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Darts

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National opioid abuse legislation

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