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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 struggled during the COVID years. But the small business used the 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…


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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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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 …

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ended the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday's outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

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LAS VEGAS, Honduras (AP) — Children set out hoping to earn enough to support their siblings and parents. Young adults who sacrificed to attend college thinking it would lead to success left their country disillusioned. A man already working in the U.S. who returned to visit his wife and chil…

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SLOVIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces withdrew from a strategic Black Sea island Thursday, potentially easing the threat to the vital Ukrainian port city of Odesa, but kept up their push to encircle the last stronghold of resistance in the eastern province of Luhansk.

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MADRID (AP) — An unstable world could get even more dangerous if NATO does not remain strong and united, the head of the alliance said Thursday at the end of a summit where Western leaders labeled Russia “a direct threat” to the security of their nations.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The OPEC oil cartel and allied producing nations decided Thursday to boost production of crude by an amount that will likely do little to relieve high gasoline prices at the pump and energy-fueled inflation plaguing the global economy.