On Nov. 21, longtime safe streets advocate Steven Hardy-Braz of Farmville was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on a road in Belhaven. The distracted driver did not see Steven and drove directly into the back of Steven’s bicycle, seriously injuring him. Steven remains in recovery today.

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East Carolina head football coach Mike Houston agreed on Thursday to tentative terms of a proposed contract that would help secure his position through the 2026 season.

The East Carolina women’s basketball team couldn’t hold a late third-quarter lead against host Virginia Commonwealth, which ran away with a 65-48 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday in Richmond, Va.

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The J.H. Rose football team is on the cusp of reaching the 3A state championship game, but one big step remains this week when the Rampants take on Jacksonville in the East Region final.

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When then-Congressman Jim Martin ran for governor in 1984, he sought to combine Reagan-era thinking about free markets with the practical approach to government he’d learned two decades earlier as commission chairman of North Carolina’s most-populous county, Mecklenburg.

On Nov. 21, longtime safe streets advocate Steven Hardy-Braz of Farmville was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on a road in Belhaven. The distracted driver did not see Steven and drove directly into the back of Steven’s bicycle, seriously injuring him. Steven remains in recovery today.

When the package says, “Tear here,” how many times does that actually work? Lately every time I “Tear here” it does not tear at all or either it is uneven. Us old folks have a hard enough time getting into a pack of crackers. Can you get a concealed carry license to carry around a small pair…

The holiday season is the best time of the year for us seniors. It is so satisfying to drive along at the speed limit and have the holiday rush tailgating us. People get livid when you obey the traffic laws. Maybe there should be a law against those who obey the law? At any rate, I will cont…

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While gardeners love to garden, they often wonder when they will have time to enjoy their outdoor spaces if they’re always planting pruning and weeding. And what about that aching back?

As we move indoors due to the weather, please be mindful to wear masks when gathering in crowds, keep air circulating and wash your hands often. Serve health promoting snacks and meals, please.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Thursday legislation that would bar officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day, even if their envelopes were postmarked on or before that date.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson announced on Wednesday that she won't seek reelection next year, citing mandatory age limits that would significantly curtail her service if she won.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

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MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin will seek binding guarantees precluding NATO’s expansion to Ukraine during a planned call with U.S. President Joe Biden, while the Ukrainian defense minister warned that Russia could invade his country next month.

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DENVER (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that a man charged with killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket earlier this year is mentally incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to be treated at the state mental hospital to see if he can be made well enough to face prosecution.

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The arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how contagious it is and whether it can thwart vaccines.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A green, folding massage table used by financier Jeffrey Epstein was brought into a Manhattan courtroom and set up in front of a jury on Friday to bolster allegations he teamed up with British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to sexually exploit underage victims.

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a teen accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school, saying they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message — …

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A look at the jurors who will hear testimony in the manslaughter trial of former suburban Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter, who is charged in the April shooting death of 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright. Potter says she meant to use her Taser on Wright and dre…