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NCDOT closes Bonner Bridge over safety concerns (access required)

RALEIGH — State transportation officials closed the only bridge onto a 60-mile stretch of the Outer Banks on Tuesday after discovering the deteriorating span posed an immediate safety threat. The state Department of Transportation said it closed the Herbert C. ...

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Ex-CIA chief asks NC lawmakers to protect grid (access required)

RALEIGH — Some academics and a former CIA director are urging state lawmakers to require better protection of electricity transmission systems from solar flares and cyber and terrorist attacks. Tuesday’s comments from ex-director James Woolsey to a legislative oversight committee ...

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UPDATE: Ex-UNC professor to plead not guilty to charge (access required)

HILLSBOROUGH — A defense attorney says a former professor at the center of an academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will plead not guilty to a felony fraud charge. Julius Nyang’Oro was chairman of the Department ...

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Man charged in NC handcuff case fired (access required)

CHARLOTTE — An emergency room nurse in Monroe has been fired after he was charged with child abuse after a child was handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/18nRlPo) that 57-year-old ...

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NC Senate budget-writer Brunstetter to resign (access required)

RALEIGH — A key budget-writer in the North Carolina state Senate said Thursday he’s leaving the General Assembly next month to become a top executive at a large hospital system. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, said he’ll resign effective Dec. 15 ...

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US House hearing to air NC health law complaints (access required)

RALEIGH — Congressional Republicans are making North Carolina a temporary showpiece for opposition to the federal health insurance overhaul law. Republican U.S. Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Renee Ellmers of Dunn held an online video conference call on Thursday to hear from ...

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