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The number of people receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Pitt County has risen over the last two weeks, but an increase in new cases has jumped the local alert level from moderate to substantial spread.

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Josh James finished his senior season at South Central High School and then went right into playing American Legion baseball earlier this summer. Post 39 reached the Area 1 East Tournament finals before having its season end with a loss to Wayne County. James is headed to Chowan University t…

East Carolina basketball will face Big 12 opponent Oklahoma in the first round of this year’s Myrtle Beach Invitational, according to an announcement on Wednesday.

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CARY — The start of a much-hyped North Carolina football season not only begins in five weeks and two days, but from a non-traditional sense, it also is the start of important Atlantic Coast Conference play for the Tar Heels at Virginia Tech.

CARY — Friday’s Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview served as yet another offseason opportunity for third-year East Carolina football coach Mike Houston, if he wanted, to maybe learn something new about Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice.

State Senate Republicans regularly ignore the needs of underfunded public schools, but some of them are moving with urgency to dismantle one dimension of public schools that is well-funded and widely supported — the governance of high school sports.

In the United States, various institutions and groups have made efforts to combat the problem of human trafficking. As first responders, local law enforcement agencies play a critical role in identifying and responding to human trafficking cases.

Mark Twain once said, “It’s difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future.” Economists like me often use the comment as an opening line in our public presentations. The reasons are, the quote is funny, and it’s usually very true.

I suppose most people are proud of their roots and where they grew up. When people had asked me, “where are you from?” I experienced a proud moment as I stated that I was born in a farmhouse and raised in Shenandoah County of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

This past weekend I went kayaking — again. I was driving along the backroads toward our beautiful Edisto River here in South Carolina, there in northern Colleton County, when I spied a wonderful habitat. A “loading deck.”

Every day of the week in my opinion is a great day to eat Mexican. Most of us can’t wait for Taco Tuesdays so we can affordably indulge in delicious chicken, beef or steak tacos and mounds of crispy chips and salsa. It’s the perfect meal to enjoy with friends and to help you unwind after a l…

Reduce your and your child’s risk of getting COVID-19 when playing close-contact or indoor sports. Be vaccinated if 12 years or older. Play outdoors. Wear a mask when indoors and stay 6 feet apart when possible. Wash your hands often and eat healthy.

Summer’s sultry heat invites fresh, simple meals with garden vegetables that require limited effort to prepare. This tomato tart is a light and easy dinner for a warm night that takes advantage of the season’s kaleidoscope of cherry tomatoes falling in our gardens and showcased in our markets.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday decided to reverse course from guidance he issued last week and will now urge all K-12 public school students and staff to be masked, even if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's health department will require workers, volunteers and others at 14 state-run health care facilities to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Sept. 30 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption, according to a memo.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has offered some of the victims' families nearly $33 million to settle their lawsuit over how the company marketed the firearm to the public.

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Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are rapidly expanding their services to grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet stores and even department stores.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The number of North Carolinians in the hospital due to COVID-19 has doubled in the last two weeks, the 14-day rolling average of new daily cases has increased by nearly 200% and the share of tests coming back positive is at its highest level in more than five months.

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — Brenda Williams remembers moving into the House of Mercy in Belmont nearly nine years ago and immediately wanting to leave. She had lived in her own apartment in Gastonia for 11 years and was used to the life she had there.

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BOSTON (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974, court records show.

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Stocks pushed broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, helping the S&P 500 claw back the ground it lost over the previous two days and turn slightly higher for the week. The benchmark index added 0.4%, helped by gains in technology companies and banks. Investors were underwhelmed by the m…