After retiring a little more than a decade ago, Mary Merlino began devoting her time to projects ranging from assisting tornado victims to giving to the homeless and remembering troops serving overseas. But earlier this year, she found a goodwill effort that fit her like a glove.

The Pitt County Department of Social Services today will launch the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program to provide one-time payments to eligible families who need help with home heating expenses this winter.

The defense for a man on trial for a fatal drive-by shooting in 2018 is arguing that he cannot be placed at the scene of the crime. But the state is relying on witness testimony and camera footage they say shows he was in the suspect vehicle.

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College football head coaching jobs are opening across the country, kicking off the annual musical chairs tradition as the regular season ends.

Decorated D.H. Conley wrestler Walker Kassnove reached the 100-win plateau for his career during first week of the season.

With respect to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Behavioral Health Policy, behavioral health services shall be available to all offenders identified with a serious mental illness, including those with substance abuse disorders. Also, those with less severe mental health needs are related…

Bless your hearts to the people who can’t pronounce the word “especially.” There are no words in the English language pronounced “EK-specially” or “EX-specially.” The word is actually pronounced “E (as in egg) specially” Use of EK and EX is especially annoying when I see it on news.

The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of the North Carolina life sciences industry in battling our most serious public health threats. When faced with the threat of COVID-19, biotechnology companies — many based right here in North Carolina — answere…

BYH, learning English is difficult, but it can be taught through tough thorough thought though.

Having been associated with the Army all my life, I’ve seen firsthand the effects of service to our country: the patriotism and pride in one’s country, the camaraderie, being fully taken care of by the system, honor and integrity, etc.

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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During this season of giving, keep your gifts rich and real with homemade and locally sourced products, foraged decorations and repurposed items. A gift need not be pricey or fancy, and when it is homemade, it conveys a personal, meaningful touch. Look to your community and Mother Nature for…

Over 150 years and more, the people and families of Farmville have helped the community survive and thrive, according to a historian helping the town mark its sesquicentennial.

Drummer Bob Aiken has long been a fixture in the local music community and has a string of friends, fans and bandmates as a result. His story, from tapping with pencils and sticks to the drum throne, has a cadence uniquely his own. And here it is, in his own words:

On a beautiful summer vacation day in 1999, seated at a winery table in rural New York, before tasting any of the local gewurztraminer, we squinted at a couple at a nearby table. Outside, riesling and merlot grapes cascaded along 11 steep and narrow lakes that were plowed out by mile-thick g…

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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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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Three people were shot and wounded Friday during an apparent fight between two groups at a North Carolina mall crowded with shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving, the police chief said.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New state data shows more than 1.3 million of the roughly 8.2 million North Carolina adults who qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot — or one in six eligible residents — have gotten the extra protection against a virus that has killed about 775,000 Americans.

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The city manager in Newport, Rhode Island, is standing by the city police department's review of the 1966 death of an employee of wealthy heiress Doris Duke that found that there is no new information that would change the result of the original investigation that determined it was an accident.

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Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Wednesday as traders get back to buying a day after the Federal Reserve jolted markets with news that it would consider pulling back on its support for markets and the economy sooner than previously anticipated. The S&P 500 was up 1% in the early …

MADRID (AP) — Juan Esteban Mariño, a healthy 29-year-old, has been part of the rare cohort in Spain who have resisted health authorities' strong recommendations to get their vaccine shots. His position only changed when he planned an end-of-the-year holiday in Portugal, where authorities are…

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities pursued new leads Tuesday on possible sources of live ammunition involved in actor Alec Baldwin's fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of a western movie, as they searched the premises of an Albuquerque-based firearms and ammunition supplier.

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan has asked international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in Japan until the end of December as the country further tightens its border controls against a new coronavirus variant, the transportation ministry said Wednesday.

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TOKYO (AP) — The omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday as Japan further tightened travel restrictions, infections linked to the new version of the coronavirus popped up in more places and new evidence made clear the mutant strain was circulating weeks earlier than thought.