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In this photo provided by Jimmy Taylor, smoke and flames rise into the air after a military transport airplane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss., on the western edge of Leflore County, Monday, July 10, 2017, killing several.
Jimmy Taylor / via AP

Updated at 8:47 a.m., July 12, 2017

With debris scattered for miles across the flat countryside of the Mississippi Delta, federal and local officials combed soybean fields for clues in a military plane crash that killed 15 Marines and a Navy sailor.

A logo of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Elevatorrailfan / Wikimedia Commons

As the annual homecoming of North Carolina's Lumbee Indians ends, tribal leaders and politicians say they're optimistic that full federal recognition will come soon.

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
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Hikers trekking deep in the Pisgah National Forest are usually on the lookout for copperheads and black bears. But sometimes they are startled by a Big Bang of sorts, stumbling out of the woods and into a science fiction-like world of giant telescopes. But it's no illusion.

Durham County Jail
Laura Candler

An investigation by North Carolina authorities shows that guards at a county jail failed to properly check on a teen shortly before she hanged herself.

In this photo taken May 11, 2017, a crowded room of concerned citizens listen during a public forum in Chapel Hill, N.C., regarding the UNC Center for Civil Rights ability to represent poor and minority clients in court.
Gerry Broom / AP

A committee studying alternative paths for a University of North Carolina center that offers legal help to the poor found no options that would allow the center to continue the full breadth of its work while also satisfying conservatives who oppose how it operates.

An image of former state senator Josh Stein
Courtesy of Josh Stein

Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges.

Infosys plans to hire 2,000 workers within four years in North Carolina, the second of four planned expansion sites in the U.S. intended to create 10,000 jobs.
Infosys

India-based information technology outsourcing company Infosys plans to hire 2,000 workers within four years in North Carolina, the second of four planned expansion sites in the U.S. intended to create 10,000 jobs.

Blue Ridge Community College hopes to offer a degree in craft beer brewing starting this fall.
Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr, Creative Commons

Some North Carolina local governments are stepping up to the bar quickly to start Sunday morning alcohol sales after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation late last week authorizing such action.

Image of Shaw University President Tashni Dubroy
Terrence Jones / Shaw University

Shaw University has announced that its president is stepping down to take a position at another school.

a young man holding a pride flag
Emma / Flickr, Creative Commons

NC Pride organizers are asking for forgiveness after scheduling their annual parade and festival on Sept. 30 — the same day as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Image of police tape
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No one knows how many untested rape kits have been shelved by local police departments throughout North Carolina, leaving victims to wonder if their cases will ever be solved, and leaving perpetrators free to strike again. A new law aims to change that by year's end.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

State lawmakers are heading home until August. After reaching a state budget deal, lawmakers passed a flurry of bills this week and departed early this morning. House speaker Tim Moore told reporters the legislature will be "in and out for the rest of the year," which is uncommon, but not unprecedented.

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Buying alcohol on Sunday mornings could soon be reality in some North Carolina locales now that the General Assembly has approved legislation laying out how cities and counties could move up sales times for beer, wine or mixed drinks.

A picture of an empty classroom.
f_a_r_e_w_e_l_l / Flickr

As profit-driven charter school management companies seek growth opportunities, one of the country's largest for-profit firms is lobbying North Carolina legislators to create a new market for a type of school only rarely attempted.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

The latest on work performed by the North Carolina legislature as lawmakers attempt to adjourn by this weekend (all times local).

Elaine Marshall
Jim R. Bounds / AP

House Republicans have opened the door for the chamber to investigate North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall based on a lawmaker's allegations she issued notary public commissions to people who live in the U.S. illegally.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Updated 3:03 p.m., June 28, 2017

North Carolina Republicans completed Wednesday their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

Justin Nojan Sullivan
Buncombe County Detention Facility via AP

A man who plotted to shoot hundreds of people on behalf of the Islamic State group received a life sentence Tuesday in a case that prosecutors say illustrates the dangers of Americans radicalized through social media.

North Carolina flag
Flickr

North Carolina's Republican lawmakers have told the U.S. Supreme Court there's not enough time to hold a special election this fall with new General Assembly districts. 

They furthermore add that it could be an "enormously misguided" remedy if judges were to order one.

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby / Flickr

Republican legislators in North Carolina have refused to hold a special session demanded by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to redraw General Assembly districts, saying his proclamation is faulty and unconstitutional.

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby / Flickr

A bill to move up future primary elections for president and statewide offices in North Carolina could wind up on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk this week if one last hurdle is cleared.

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down 28 state House and Senate districts in North Carolina because they violated the rights of black voters. But the justices rejected the court's order to redraw the districts and hold a special election.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
Katri Niemi / Flickr

North Carolinians could vote earlier than usual in future primary elections for president and statewide offices.

an image of a metallic, green emerald ash borer
USDA

The invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer has been detected in one more county in North Carolina. The insect was confirmed in Mecklenburg County this week.

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby / Flickr

The latest on the North Carolina House rolling out more portions of its state budget proposal (all times local):

State park in Hillsborough overlooking the Eno River, forest, trees
Laura Candler

 

The Eno River Association has purchased 56 acres (23 hectares) along the North Carolina river as part of its conservation efforts.

N.C. Supreme Court Building
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

The U.S. Supreme Court has told North Carolina's top court to reconsider a redistricting lawsuit filed by Democrats and allies after the nation's highest court struck down congressional districts as racial gerrymanders.

At least a dozen people were injured after storms rolled through southeastern North Carolina Monday night.
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At least a dozen people have been hurt after storms struck in eastern North Carolina nearly a week after a tornado hit the area. The storm hit Sampson County about 30 miles east of Fayetteville around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Amy Pittman visits the grave of her son, Christian, in Durham, N.C., on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Pittman was charged in 2014 with manslaughter after 9-year-old Christian was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother.
Gerry Broome / AP

Amy Pittman learned on her first day in jail to bottle up her grief. As soon as she arrived, guards took her shoelaces so she wouldn't try to hang herself. Cry too much or scream too loud and she feared they would come back to take everything she had left — her clothes, a sheet, a plastic spork.

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby / Flickr

Republican House budget committee members made it clear Thursday that they disagree with several spending cuts and policy provisions the Senate GOP approved in its state budget proposal two weeks ago.

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