Democrats converged in Greenville on Monday to kick off a statewide tour to demonstrate how President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill will benefit North Carolina and point the finger at Republicans they say are obstructing aid.

AgCarolina Farm Credit has announced that an employee donation of nearly 800 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items to be split between the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh and Greenville and the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

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A smattering of New Bern football fans walked out of the stadium at J.H. Rose in shock Friday night.

Week 10 of the high school football season features a pair of big games in the Big Carolina 3A/4A Conference and the Eastern Plains 2A Conference as teams begin jockeying for possible playoff position.

BYH how much of our tax money has been wasted on commercials for vaccines? Unless you have been living in a cave in Afghanistan you know about the vaccine and that it is available. The commercials will not change any one's mind that has not gotten one. So the government is now resorting to u…

Bless our hearts, we are going through so much these days. We have to hold on because better days are coming. Remember, sometimes good things fall apart so everything can fall together.

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson saying controversial things could be a reality show. There’s easily enough content for multiple seasons. After all, his ascendency in North Carolina politics emerged from his confrontational speaking style. His mouth is what makes him so popular and disliked at the sam…

It was a sign of the times in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Closed theaters with no movies to advertise got creative with their marquees, displaying phrases like, “Now Showing Nothing Starring Nobody,” “When Harry Met Sally on Zoom,” “The Chronicles of Corona” and “To Be Continued.”

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two longtime Democratic congressmen with a combined six decades of experience announced Monday that they plan to retire at the end of their terms, another worrying sign for the party's uphill climb to keep control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

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Some college towns plan to challenge the results of the 2020 census, claiming they were shortchanged because the pandemic forced students to leave campuses and complaining that the undercount could cost them federal money and prestige.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley was the top third-quarter fundraiser for candidates in next year’s U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, according to documents filed at Friday’s financial reporting deadline.

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A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday in a continuation of its recent weapons tests, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, hours after the U.S. reaffirmed its offer to resume diplomacy on the North’s nuclear weapons program.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive cargo ship that was supposed to be at anchor was buffeted by high winds during a January storm and repeatedly crossed over an undersea oil pipeline that later ruptured off the Southern California coast, according to vessel monitoring data.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two longtime Democratic congressmen with a combined six decades of experience announced Monday that they plan to retire at the end of their terms, another worrying sign for the party's uphill climb to keep control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — As jury selection got slowly underway Monday in the trial of three white men charged with fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery as he was running in their Georgia neighborhood, potential jurors said they came in with negative feelings about the case and worried about the perso…

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Some college towns plan to challenge the results of the 2020 census, claiming they were shortchanged because the pandemic forced students to leave campuses and complaining that the undercount could cost them federal money and prestige.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The usually chaotic streets of Haiti’s capital were quiet and largely empty Monday as thousands of workers angry about the nation’s lack of security went on strike in protest two days after 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group were abducted by a violent gang.

MIAMI (AP) — A businessman who prosecutors say was a major conduit for corruption by Nicolás Maduro's inner circle appeared for the first time in Miami federal court Monday after a weekend extradition that has further strained relations between the U.S. and Venezuela's socialist government.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is seeking to compel psychiatric evaluations for Kobe Bryant's widow and others to determine if they truly suffered emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basket…