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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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As Pitt County high schools prepare to begin fall sports practices on Monday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a new executive order urging those in indoor spaces – vaccinated and unvaccinated – to wear face coverings.

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.

BYH to the young policeman who paid for my oil change after I realized I didn’t have my credit card with me. Nice to know there are still good people around. He made my day!

Nearly a decade ago, when I couldn’t find a card for my mom that felt authentic to our relationship, I designed my own — and have kept at it ever since. I graduated with a BFA in graphic design from ECU but decided to stay home full-time after my first child was born. I wasn’t looking to tur…

Ben & Jerry’s, noted for its ice cream made from “contented cows,” has produced not such contented consumers in many circles following its announcement to stop selling its ice cream in Israel’s West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

Sometimes I hate it when I’m right. My April fool’s column predicted that our return to life as we knew it before COVID would likely be determined by those who refused to take the shot. We who have been vaccinated are paying a price for those anti-vaxxers who selfishly choose not to protect …

Bless my heart. People are saying they can't pay their rent. Here's an idea. Get a job. Everyone is hiring.

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“Stillwater” is the title of the new Matt Damon crime drama about a father who tries to help his estranged daughter who is in prison in Marseilles, accused of a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

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.

State AP Stories

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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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has retracted a decision to end a key defense pact with the United States, allowing large-scale combat exercises between U.S. and Philippine forces that at times have alarmed China to proceed.

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BANGKOK (AP) — With coronavirus deaths rising in Myanmar, allegations are growing from residents and human rights activists that the military government, which seized control in February, is using the pandemic to consolidate power and crush opposition.