CURRITUCK — Currituck County officials have taken the unusual step of explaining in detail a decision by the county animal shelter to euthanize 52 cats, citing misinformation widely circulating in social media they said includes personal attacks on county employees.

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At this point in the offseason, three-plus months after former East Carolina basketball star Jayden Gardner announced he was transferring to Virginia, ECU coach Joe Dooley views Gardner like he was a senior on last season’s team.

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.

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

Recently, I had the chance to donate to The Children’s Miracle Network. Figuring that we would be donating later, I just didn’t bother. Then I drove by the Children’s Hospital and thought about all the hope and anguish within. Shame on me that those frail children should have to wait for my …

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Let’s say there’s an outbreak of deadly parvovirus in your neighborhood. Your beloved golden retriever Red, however, goes into a full-scale panic attack at the sight or smell of a veterinarian. You know the disease is highly communicable and potentially fatal.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool k…

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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TOKYO (AP) — Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters, pointing at the scoreboard even before crossing the line in 10.61 seconds Saturday to defend her title and lead a Jamaican sweep of the medals.