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A record reserve included in state budget adjustments will be crucial in the face of rising costs and possible disasters, two local legislators said, while a third criticized the proposal and a state employees group called on Gov. Roy Cooper for a veto.

Fabric and Home Furnishings used slow time during the COVID pandemicthe time to do a complete renovation to its Arlington Village showroom, deciding to take a chance on reinvesting in its eastern North Carolina neighbors by opening a Norwalk Furniture Gallery. “With the unique styles and ama…


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East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin routinely said that his team was playing with house money as the Pirates entered the postseason. After all, it took some time for the Pirates to match the preseason Top-15 hype.

Adam Ulffers played his high school lacrosse at J.H. Rose and is set to take his play to the next level at Randolph College after signing his National Letter of Intent this past spring.

Brook Valley will play host to the annual Pirate Cup Golf Tournament on Sept. 3 with former East Carolina golf team member and current PGA professional Harold Varner III serving as host for the event.

It is with sorrow and some degree of shame that I write about my evolving feelings regarding the American flag. I was proud to have been one of the boys (why was it only boys) chosen in the fifth grade to hoist Old Glory in the morning and take it down each day after school. I learned in Cub…

In order to be happy, you must throw some stuff away. I doubt you will be able to wear your high school prom dress after 50 years. And your old Army uniform might be a tad tight. Throw it away and find happiness. Don’t leave it to the kids. Your son’s wife will probably bring in her mother t…

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to control their own reproduction is a disaster of monumental proportions. Never before in U.S. history has the nation’s high court taken away such a well-established and long exercised fundamental right.

BYH Forbes Woods Condominiums. You are not alone. Those of us at Breezewood I Condominiums have the same problems. I have one question. Who has control of your HOA board?

Support a healthy immune system to reduce your risk of COVID-19 and other viral infections. Eat healthy food and drink healthy beverages. Be physically active. Supplement only if you can’t get enough of the important nutrients from your food. Wash your hands often. Get vaccinated against COV…

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out the 2020 conspiracy and bribery convictions of a major political donor in North Carolina and his associate, declaring that the trial judge erred in his jury instructions.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled state budget adjustments for the coming year, proposing to spend or set aside billions in expected extra tax collections to raise worker pay, recruit companies, build more infrastructure and combat inflation.

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PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and …

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The tractor-trailer at the center of a human-smuggling attempt that left 53 people dead had passed through an inland U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint with migrants inside the sweltering rig earlier in its journey, a U.S. official said Thursday.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge said Thursday that he will temporarily block a 15-week ban on abortions in his state, but his bench ruling won't take effect before the ban becomes law Friday — an issue that could cause confusion for patients as well as abortion providers.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies.