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April 24, 2014

Liberty University offers scholarship to Johnston County student

 
JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school student made national headlines when he was arrested Monday for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot. Cole Winthrow, a Princeton High School senior now faces possible expulsion and a felony charge by the Johnston County Sheriff.
 
Cole is said to have put in a call to his mother to retrieve the firearm accidentally left in his vehicle after a weekend hunting trip. Cole was reportedly overheard by a school staff member who alerted police.
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State's newest public safety officials sworn in

Chief Glen Allen
 
RALEIGH, N.C. – The new chief of the State Capitol Police, Glen B. Allen, and the new director of Alcohol Law Enforcement, Gregory K. Baker, were sworn into office today in the Supreme Court chambers. Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath of office to the new Department of Public Safety leaders.
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NC House passes Voter ID bill, 81-36

 
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Giving their blessing to a measure that has long enjoyed strong public support, a handful of Democrats in the NC state House voted with their majority-Republican colleagues to pass legislation requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
 
The legislation is largely the same as a bill passed, and vetoed, by then-Gov. Bev Perdue in 2011. Governor Pat McCrory has said he will sign a Voter ID bill.
 
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McCrory plans public-private 'Partnership for Prosperity'

 
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory announced plans today to pursue a “Partnership for Prosperity,” an effort to change the way we foster economic growth in North Carolina.
 
McCrory said the state will create a separate nonprofit corporation to center economic development functions for the state. A board of directors, chaired by the governor, will oversee the Partnership and have governance of all recruitment and retention activities.
 
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7 Marines killed, 8 injured in training explosion

 
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Seven 2nd Marine Division Marines from Camp Lejeune were killed Monday in an explosion at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Eight others were injured, including several Marines and a Navy Corpsman.
 
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State approves 7 percent homeowners insurance hike

 
RALEIGH, N.C. - beginning July 1, homeowners will feel the impact of a rise in insurance rates, according to NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Goodwin signed a settlement agreement with homeowners insurance companies this week allowing an average rate increase of seven percent
 
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NC unemployment rates released

 
RALEIGH, N.C. – Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in March and remained the same in one. All 14 of the state’s metropolitan areas experienced rate decreases.
 
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Joint law enforcement effort nets 120 arrests in Guilford County

 
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Law enforcement agencies say a five-day joint operation with the N.C. Department of Public Safety and Guilford County netted 120 arrests and the seizure of drugs, guns, vehicles and cash. Beginning April 8, authorities say they began by rounding-up more than 50 probation and parole absconders.
 
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Governor McCrory establishes N.C. Center for Safer Schools

 
APEX, N.C. – During a press conference at Apex Middle School this week, Gov. Pat McCrory announced the creation of the N.C. Center for Safer Schools.
 
The Center will serve as the state’s primary point of contact on school safety issues and will provide a clearinghouse of school safety information to schools, law enforcement, youth-serving agencies, juvenile justice officials, community leaders, policymakers, parents, and students.
 
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Stores repeatedly fail price-scan inspections

 
RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Agriculture says it has collected fines from stores in Charlotte, Delco, Elkin, Smithfield, Vanceboro, and Winston-Salem for excessive price-scanning errors.
 
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New class of state troopers graduates

 
RALEIGH, N.C. – Thirty-one new troopers graduated March 1 from the 130th Basic School of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.  They were sworn in during ceremonies at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary.
 
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