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High Point Stadium
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State officials in North Carolina have approved plans to borrow money for a new stadium.

 Defendants Qasima Wideman and Raul Jimenez stand outside of the Durham County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Both still face charges for the toppling of a confederate statute in  downtown Durham last August.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

A protester accused of helping tear down a North Carolina Confederate statue has struck a deal to avoid a felony charge, while other defendants had their cases continued.

Early morning anglers heading downstream from Avent's Ferry on the Cape Fear River, near Corinth, North Carolina.
Donald Lee Pardue / Flickr/Creative Commons

Updated 5:40 p.m. | Dec. 5, 2017

The unregulated compound found in more than 80 drinking water wells near a chemical company's manufacturing facility in North Carolina has been found in a food product for the first time.

Mariah Woods
FBI via AP

The FBI has joined the search for a missing 3-year-old North Carolina girl reported abducted from her home as authorities step up efforts to find the child.

University police stand watch inside a barricade around the Silent Sam Statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill protestors for and against the statue’s removal attended rallies near the statue on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Matt Couch / WUNC

Fearing violence or vandalism at a campus rally against a Confederate statue, two top University of North Carolina leaders privately lamented their dilemma and appeared envious of another university that abruptly took down similar monuments, newly released emails show.

Duke Energy's coal-burning plant and the adjacent coal ash ponds by the Dan River.
Riverkeeper Foundation

Updated 3:55 p.m. | Nov. 27, 2017

The country's largest electric company says charging North Carolina consumers the full, multi-billion-dollar cost of cleaning up coal ash dumps is comparable to tire stores charging customers an extra fee to dispose of an old set of radials.

shrimp, North Carolina coast
Leoneda inge

Wildlife officials in South Carolina say the fall white shrimp harvest is down this year.

Grace Edwards with Shem Creek Fisheries told The Post and Courier of Charleston there just aren't many shrimp in the water this fall.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

North Carolina's two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting Michael L. Dourson's nomination at serious risk.

Anita Earls, pictured at far left, sits with members of the NC Board of Elections in 2009 as part of the board's investigation into former Governor Mike Easley's campaign committee and the state Democratic Party
Chris Seward / AP

A longtime civil rights attorney who successfully sued in striking down North Carolina's legislative district boundaries for excessive racial bias announced Wednesday she's running for the state Supreme Court next year.

Dale Folwell, Assistant Commerce Secretary for Employment Security, wants job seekers to verify more work searches per week.
NC Commerce

A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals says a division of the State Treasurer's office acted properly to reduce disability benefits to a former state employee.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

An outside expert appointed by a federal court to help draw some North Carolina legislative districts that judges worry remained unconstitutional has suggested changes.

Unaffiliated incumbent Nancy McFarlane has won a fourth term as mayor of North Carolina's capital city.
raleighnc.gov

Updated 8:51 a.m. November 11, 2017

In Raleigh, unaffiliated incumbent Nancy McFarlane won a fourth term as mayor of the state's capital city.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility as the judge deliberates in a sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for f
Gerry Broome / AP

A military judge ruled Friday that Bowe Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post.

Prison Bars
Michael Coghlan / Flickr Creative Commons

Three weeks after the deadliest attempted prison breakout in North Carolina history, prison and law enforcement officials still can't quantify the scope of the violence that correctional officers at the understaffed prison had been confronting daily.

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
Wikipedia

A military judge on Thursday began deliberating the punishment for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after defense attorneys asked for no prison time while prosecutors sought more than a decade behind bars.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Ted Richardson, File / AP

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorneys are nearing the end of their defense for the soldier who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by walking away from his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Prison Bars
Michael Coghlan / Flickr Creative Commons

Officials say a North Carolina correctional officer has died from injuries she suffered during a deadly inmate escape attempt.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Ted Richardson / AP

Updated 2:45 p.m. | October 31, 2017

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "gold mine" of intelligence, helping the military better understand insurgents and how they imprison the enemy, two agents testified Tuesday as defense attorneys sought to show the soldier's contributions since he was returned in a prisoner swap.

Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford said a task force of league athletic directors will work to find solutions to problems in the college basketball.

Swofford said Wednesday during the ACC media day it will include retiring Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage, Boston College's Martin Jarmond, Florida State's Stan Wilcox and Duke's Kevin White. It will include Paul Brazeau, the league's senior associate commissioner for men's basketball operations.

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prosecutors argue that serious injuries to two soldiers who searched for Bergdahl in 2009 show that he endangered his comrades by leaving
Ted Richardson, File / AP

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before a military judge who will determine his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.

Thomas Farr
Alex Brandon / AP

Updated 3:06 p.m., October 19, 2017

A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups.

FILE - This Thursday, May 12, 2016, file photo, shows signage outside a restroom at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their
Gerry Broome, File / AP

Updated 5:45 p.m., October 19, 2017

North Carolina's Republican leaders said Thursday that a federal court should reject a deal by the Democratic governor that would affirm the rights of transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

The Sweeney Water Treatment Plant in Wilmington is part of the Cape Fear Public Utility.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

A utility that provides water in southeastern North Carolina has sued a company it accuses of polluting the Cape Fear River, where the utility gets its water.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Updated 10:50 a.m., October 17, 2017

There are now no plans to hold primary elections for trial court and appeals court races next year. That's because the General Assembly has completed its override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill containing the one-time cancellation.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

The man who finished second in the race for Raleigh mayor wants a runoff vote.

Charles Francis told reporters Sunday he wants a runoff with Mayor Nancy McFarlane after she failed to get a majority last week's initial voting. McFarlane got 48.5 percent of the vote while Francis got 36.7 percent.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Ted Richardson, File / AP

Updated 2:46 p.m., October 16, 2017

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away from his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and endangering his comrades — charges that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

irginia Department of Environmental Quality Firector, David Paylor walks along a retention pond for a spring near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va.
Steve Helber, File / AP

A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines, major East Coast projects.

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
Wikipedia

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear in court next week to enter an expected guilty plea to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Governor Roy Cooper
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

North Carolina's governor vetoed Republican-backed legislation that would have eliminated 2018 judicial primaries among other electoral changes.

Michael Jordan
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte. It's the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion.

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