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East Carolina University agreed to pay $140,000 to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to settle allegations about falsified documentation to secure funding from the federal AmeriCorps program.

Let’s talk about suicide. After all, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Oh, you don’t think we should be talking about suicide? I see. It’s not that common, you say. And you think talking about suicide will put that thought in someone’s head.

The Pitt County Health Department’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will host a free retinal screening provided by Prevent Blindness North Carolina from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

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Despite East Carolina’s 0-2 record at the time and trailing in the fourth quarter at Marshall, ECU football coach Mike Houston sensed Saturday night his players were plenty confident enough to beat the Thundering Herd.

This is the year for discussing space tourism after Sir Richard Branson successfully took Virgin Galactic into space and returned safe and sound. It’s a wonderful time for a reminder that 60 years earlier, in 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968) was, for all intents and purposes, the …

BYH to the woman watching a video on her phone while riding her bike on Ida and Mary McLawhorn Road, who later said she was grown and didn’t care. You were weaving all over the road, and cars were slowing and weaving to avoid you. Distracted driving goes for as much for bicycles as it does f…

You’ve likely seen the headlines about COVID-19 killing radio hosts and activists who opposed vaccines and masks. Several of those headlines were about Caleb Wallace, a Texan who helped organize a “freedom rally” this summer to protest mask-wearing. Some corners of the internet reacted with …

The Vietnam exit, the Iran hostages, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Titanic are all comparisons I can draw from the botched Afghanistan departure, with the Afghanistan departure being far worse than any of the others listed. Excuse: We were surprised.

Why is there so much division and so much conflict in this country? Why would someone argue about something so simple as wearing a mask or getting a vaccine? We are facing a common enemy, a deadly virus, taking thousands of lives daily, straining our health care system beyond its abilities a…

Let’s talk about suicide. After all, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Oh, you don’t think we should be talking about suicide? I see. It’s not that common, you say. And you think talking about suicide will put that thought in someone’s head.

If you are like me and enjoy homemade tomato sauce year-round, this recipe is for you. It’s a great way to use up any lingering tomatoes at the end of the season. If the season has already finished, you can still manage a decent sauce with your supermarket variety.

Two area writers will go before a panel of judges later this month to see who will become the 2021 Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate. The Pamlico Writers’ Group is hosting the competition at 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Pamlico Books, 149 N. Market St., Washington, N.C.

To me, “the farm” has always meant the farm where my mother grew up, one of 11 children. Every book I ever read that was set on a farm, and many other books as well, all took place in my imagination at my mother’s family farm and the surrounding woods.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has resigned from the board, citing anxiety over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the agency’s recent challenges with liquor distribution.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Within his first week back at school after a year and a half, 7-year-old Ben Medlin was exposed to a classmate with COVID-19, and he was sent home, along with 7,000 other students in the district, for 14 days of quarantine.

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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.

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An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention convened on Wednesday to debate which Americans should get COVID-19 booster shots and when — a question that has proved more contentious than the Biden administration apparently expected.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor began closing arguments in the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial Wednesday by telling jurors that the government had delivered on its promises to prove that the R&B singer had for years commanded close associates to help him target, groom and exploit girls, boys…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's “now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online learning.

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PARIS (AP) — France will send its ambassador back to Washington next week after French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call Wednesday to meet next month over a submarine spat that sent relations between the longtime allies into a tailspin.

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee agreed Tuesday to fund a third-party investigation into its handling of sexual abuse allegations but held off on waiving its attorney-client privilege for the probe, delaying for the future a decision seen as a key deman…