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White-tailed deer
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Durham's City Council reviewed a proposal that would allow bowhunting within city limits Thursday night. They sent the proposal back to city lawyers for changes.

Pittsboro courthouse
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The town of Pittsboro is considering a new, 7,000 acre multi-use development called Chatham Park. If approved, it would be built over 30 years, and could increase Pittsboro's population to 60,000.

At public meetings on the issue, some in Pittsboro have expressed concerns about the new development and how it might change the area. Elaine Chiosso is Executive Director of the Haw River Authority, and she says the development could hurt the surrounding ecosystem.

multiple choice test
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State and nationwide ACT data was released this week, and North Carolina student scores on the college readiness test went down. The state's average composite ACT score fell more than 3 points to 18.7, the lowest average in the nation. ACT scores can range from 1 to 36.

Fingers on a keyboard, computer,
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The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that registered sex offenders can use social media websites. The ruling invalidates a portion of a North Carolina law passed in 2008 called the Protect Children From Sexual Predators Act.

Lester Packingham, Jr. brought the case. He's a registered sex offender who lives in Durham. In 2012, Packingham, Jr. was convicted of accessing a commercial social networking site. He had been using Facebook.

Loggerhead sea turtle
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Carteret County's Board of Commissioners voted file a letter of intent to sue the US Fish and Wildlife Service over new protections for the loggerhead sea turtle. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering declaring parts of Carteret County a critical habitat for the turtles. They are currently designated as a threatened species by the Endangered Species Act.

The Carteret County Shore Protection Office claims that existing protections for loggerhead turtles are enough, and that new guidelines would hurt business and tourism in the area. Pete Benjamin, who directs the Raleigh Field Office of the Fish and Wildlife Service, says the new rules will only affect federal activity.

The olinguito is the first new species of carnivore discovered in the western hemisphere in 35 years.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

A North Carolina scientist is part of a team that's made a big find: the first carnivore to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.  

The new animal is called the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe). But for the longest time, olinguitos were thought to be olingos, small raccoon-like carnivores that live in the Andes Mountains.

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July home sales are up 39 percent in the Triangle, compared to the same period last year. That number comes from Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake County sales.   

As home sales have increased, inventory has gone down, by over 10 percent. Currently, the region has just a three month supply of homes on the market based on current trends.   

Stacey Anfindsen, a market analyst with Birch appraisal Group, says these numbers need perspective. 

Rev. William Barber
North Carolina NAACP

Today is the first Monday in thirteen weeks without an NAACP led Moral Monday rally outside the Capitol in Raleigh. But the protests aren’t over. Rev. William Barber, leader of the North Carolina NAACP, says he’s taking Moral Monday on the road, all throughout the state. The road trip starts today in Asheville.

The coalition that Rev. Barber has built over the last few months is entering a new phase, and will be tested. Can it last? And can it win elections? 

The State Legislature has eliminated funding for the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in its newest budget. The Center will close by the end of October.

The Biofuels Center was created by the Legislature in 2008, and was tasked with pursuing biofuels for North Carolina, made from energy crops other than corn.

Wil Glenn is director of communications for the Biofuels Center. He says the move will hurt farmers.

"One of our main outputs was going to be revitalizing rural North Carolina," said Glenn.

The strike would have begun at midnight Saturday.
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The United Steelworkers Union has reached an agreement with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that will avoid a strike at several facilities across the country, including the Goodyear plant in Fayetteville.

The negotiations were over a four-year labor agreement for 8,500 hourly employees at six plants. Terry Brewington is Vice president of the Fayetteville office of United Steelworkers. He said his union was fighting for cost of living raises, more vacation time for new hires and increased wages for people hired after 2006.

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