The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program wrapped up its collection of toys on Thursday, but still has many children on the rolls without presents this year.

Nearly 30,000 children are registered with the Toys for Tots campaign in Pitt County, but fewer than a 1,000 toys had been donated before Thanksgiving.

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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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For nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling has protected a woman’s right to an abortion. It also protected many politicians’ careers. Lawmakers who opposed abortion knew that as long as abortion remained available, pro-choice voters wouldn’t care much about their positions o…

What kind of democracy lets those in power draw their own districts to ensure they stay in power? Asking for our nation, our state and our city on the brink of losing our democracy for all citizens.

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.

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.

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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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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OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor on Thursday repeated her criticism of the parents of a boy who is accused of killing four students at a Michigan school, saying their actions went “far beyond negligence” and that a charging decision would come by Friday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple cases of the omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in New York, health officials said Thursday, including a man who attended an anime convention in Manhattan in late November and tested positive for the variant when he returned home to Minnesota.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the new omicron variant through wider availability of vaccines and shots, but without new major res…

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WTA President and CEO Steve Simon did not set out to lead the way for how sports should confront China when he announced that the women’s tennis tour would suspend tournaments there because of concerns about former Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai's well-being.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The second of two brothers testified Thursday that Jussie Smollett plotted a racist and anti-gay attack on himself and paid them to carry it out, giving them lines to shout and pointing out a surveillance camera the former “Empire” actor said would capture the hoax on video.