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At least seven people have died from flu complications in North Carolina, according to health officials.
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State health officials said Thursday that 12 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, pushing the record death toll in 2017-18 to 276.

Woody Durham (right) with his son, Wes Durham (left).
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Woody Durham, the retired "Voice of the Tar Heels" who called North Carolina football and basketball games for four decades, died Wednesday. He was 76.

A hog waste lagoon in Beaufort County, NC.
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Attorneys defending the hog industry against federal lawsuits that claim spraying liquefied animal waste over farm fields has harmed their North Carolina neighbors don't want jurors to hear about alternative methods used to dispose of the waste elsewhere.

A Washington-based group asked North Carolina ethics officials Monday to investigate some of state House Speaker Tim Moore's business interests and interactions with state environmental regulators over the site of an old poultry plant.

In this July 21, 2017, photo, hog waste pond pumping equipment is seen adjacent to hog houses at Everette Murphrey Farm in Farmville
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Terry "Pap" Adams says he was out in the backyard, tinkering on one of his car projects, when another cloud of noxious pinkish-brown mist drifted overhead. The droplets hit his wife's black car, leaving blotches with greasy little dots in the center.

The preacher and the president, seated side-by-side in the lit-for-television Capitol Rotunda, leaned a few inches closer. The Rev. Franklin Graham whispered something to President Donald Trump, who listened as he kept his eyes on the pine casket at the center of the room.

 Pallbearers carry the casket of the Rev. Billy Graham as family members watch as it returns to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte on Thursday
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The Rev. Billy Graham's five adult children and some of his favorite singers prepared to offer memories, hymns and prayers at a funeral Friday that marked the culmination of more than a week of tributes to "America's Pastor."

Franklin Graham speaks to the media in front of the Billy Graham Library after greeting former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush, who came to pay their respects to Billy Graham during a public viewing in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.
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As his public appearances dwindled in recent years, the Rev. Billy Graham began choosing songs, scripture and speakers for one last public opportunity to spread the Gospel — his own funeral.

Plans for Friday's service took shape in the years after his final crusade in 2005 as he huddled with confidants and loved ones in his North Carolina mountain home. Musicians who had shared Graham's stage would sing. Some of the best preachers Graham knew — his own children — would deliver personal messages.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, participate in a ceremony honoring Reverend Billy Graham in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Washington.
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He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday received a rare tribute from the nation's top political leaders under the Capitol Rotunda.

Former President Bill Clinton, left, speaks to the media as Franklin Graham, right, listens after paying respects to Rev. Billy Graham during a public viewing at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
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Updated at 1:20 p.m., Feb. 27, 2018

Former President Bill Clinton says he came to pay his respects to the late Rev. Billy Graham more like a regular mourner than a man who once led the free world.

Rev. Billy Graham
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Updated 3:13 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018

A family spokesman says the Rev. Billy Graham carefully planned and signed off on every detail of his funeral next week.

The entrance to the Wake County Public Schools administration office.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

A legislative committee studying the pros and cons for students and local governance of splitting up North Carolina school districts won't recommend breaking up specific school systems, a panel leader said Wednesday at its first meeting.

Dante Strobino (at right in jean jacket) takes notes during his trial on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Strobino is one of eight people facing charges for toppling a Confederate Monument in downtown Durham last summer.
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Problems identifying protesters on video hindered North Carolina prosecutors on Monday as they sought to hold demonstrators responsible for toppling a Confederate statue last summer.

Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park NC
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North Carolina environmental regulators have ordered a chemical company to take further steps to reduce emissions of chemicals that have questionable health effects.

Mickey Michaux
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Democratic Rep. Mickey Michaux, currently North Carolina's longest-serving state legislator and a fixture at the General Assembly in the fight for voting rights and funding historically black colleges, said Thursday he won't seek re-election.

Cedar Fork Elementary in Wake County would have to add three more kindergarten classrooms under the class-size change scheduled to go into effect in the fall.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Updated 3:15 p.m. Feb. 9, 2018

Republican legislation to phase in North Carolina's upcoming class-size mandate has passed one General Assembly chamber. Democrats complained it is loaded with other provisions targeting Gov. Roy Cooper and the state elections board.

NC Legislative Building
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The North Carolina General Assembly signaled action later this week on environment, education and possibly elections administration legislation, ending a nearly monthlong hiatus as lawmakers returned to Raleigh.

North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh.
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A group of academic historians, preservationists and business people are meeting for the first time to evaluate the request by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's administration to remove three Confederate monuments from North Carolina's old Capitol grounds.

The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

The Supreme Court has struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina because race played too large a role in their creation.
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North Carolina Republican legislative leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to block enforcement of an order throwing out the state's congressional map because the lines were too partisan and directing a redraw almost immediately.

Mikisa Thompson, mother of defendant Takiyah Thompson, addressed supporters outside the Durham County Courthouse on Thursday, January 12, 2018.
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A North Carolina district attorney says he plans to drop felony charges against eight protesters accused of toppling a Confederate statue last year.

The courtroom was packed as the last eight defendants in the case stemming from the toppling of a confederate statue in downtown Durham showed up with their attorney and lots of witnesses.

a vacation rental
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A western North Carolina city has voted to restrict tourist rentals downtown.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the city council voted 6-1 Tuesday to restrict short-term vacation rentals. Supporters say the restriction will help prevent too many homes from being converted to short-term rentals such as those make popular by Airbnb and others.

Federal judges have ruled that North Carolina's congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave the GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

The North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday for another session in which leaders say they'll act quickly on a slender agenda, but adjournment may be delayed for redistricting litigation and potential judicial changes.

A picture of a sale sign in front of a home.
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North Carolina's insurance commissioner has rejected a proposed 18.7 percent increase on home insurance rates.

Tom Knott blew snow off the steps and sidewalks around Christ Church in downtown Raleigh. Knott works on the church’s maintenance crew.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated 8:58 a.m. | Jan. 5, 2018

It's bitterly cold in North Carolina after a storm dumped more than 6 inches of snow in the eastern part of the state.

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

North Carolina corporate and economic leaders predict jobs and company profits will continue to see steady, diverse growth in 2018 even without landing a Toyota auto factory or Amazon headquarters expected to be announced within months.

This 1955 photo shows from left, LeRoy Frasier, John Lewis Brandon and Ralph Frasier at UNC.
Roland Giduz Photographic Collection / The Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill

LeRoy Frasier, who along with his brother and another high school student was among the first African-American undergraduate students to successfully challenge racial segregation at North Carolina's flagship public university, has died at the age of 80.

Duke University Hospital, which is part of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham
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The basketball rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina is legendary, but a federal lawsuit says the two elite institutions have agreed not to compete in another prestigious area: The market for highly skilled medical workers.

Henry McCollum
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A federal judge said Thursday that he will approve a $1 million payout from a North Carolina town to two half brothers wrongfully imprisoned for 30 years, but the men's attorneys must justify their cut of the proceeds before the court finalizes the settlement.

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