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In this May 2, 2006, file photo, attorney Freda Black announces she will wait for all her results for Durham County District Attorney to be tallied during a gathering at the University Towers in Durham, N.C. An autopsy released Monday, March 18, 2019.
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An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over "The Staircase" documentary series.

Duke University and freshman sensation Zion Williamson are 2019 ACC Tournament champions.
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The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds. Putting three teams in the Final Four is a different matter.

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Just about everything at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday night was about Zion Williamson.

The Duke freshman's nearly flawless performance returning from injury had the college basketball world buzzing.

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Small North Carolina brewers and alcohol wholesalers raised glasses on Thursday to what they call a legislative compromise that allows the breweries to keep control of their products longer as they grow.

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Changing his vote from the public stance he took last month, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis voted Thursday to support President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to pay for his border wall.

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Workers in North Carolina have removed a statue of a Confederate soldier by lifting it off its base with a crane.

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Mark Davis was appointed to the state Supreme Court on Monday afternoon, filling the void left by Cheri Beasley who was elevated to chief justice last month. She occupied the vacancy of Mark Martin, who retired abruptly to be dean at Regent Law School in Virginia.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is being sued again over its treatment of transgender people, as state employees argue that their health plan violated federal law by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures.

 In this May 3, 1994, photo, Naomi Judd pinches the cheeks of Luke Perry after asking him about the title of his new movie, "8 Seconds," during the 29th Academy of Country Music Awards in Universal City, Calif.
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When actor Luke Perry died earlier this week, most of the world lost a popular actor and former teenage heartthrob, but Jerome Davis lost a friend.

A sample of the ballot envelope, with spaces for two witness signatures.
N.C. State Board of Elections

The last of five people charged with illegally collecting mail-in ballots in North Carolina's undecided congressional election has turned herself in.

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North Carolina Democratic Party leaders are calling for the resignation of a Republican state lawmaker charged with cyberstalking related to a domestic case.

Cheri Beasley became North Carolina's first African-American female chief justice.
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North Carolina's first African-American female chief justice says she believes her elevation to the post brings "a lot of hope and promise" to the state and for young people to become whoever they want.

Faith leaders voiced their support of House Bill 2. The clergy also denounces comparisons between Civil Rights struggles and LGBT equality efforts.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Opposition lawmakers urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday to reconsider his ban on New York state-funded travel to North Carolina, so a group of state college swimmers and divers won't have to stay in neighboring Virginia during an upcoming NCAA championship meet.

N.C. Department of Transportation

The new bridge on the North Carolina Outer Banks will carry the name of a former state lawmaker.

The N.C. Board of Transportation voted on Thursday to name the bridge over Oregon Inlet for former state Senate leader Marc Basnight.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. poses for a portrait in his office on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Washington
Andrew Harnik / AP

The slate of candidates seeking to succeed the late North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is getting mighty crowded.

Gov. Roy Cooper addresses reporters on Thursday, May 10, 2018 regarding his $24.5 billion spending proposal.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Promoting what he called North Carolina's "chance for a bold future," Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday formally unveiled his budget proposal, which includes expanding Medicaid, raising teacher pay, borrowing for school buildings and helping revive rural communities.

Allison Jones Rushing
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed a 37-year-old lawyer as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals despite opposition from civil rights and LGBTQ groups.

Allison Jones Rushing was nominated by President Donald Trump in August for the lifetime appointment. She was confirmed Tuesday by a vote along party lines.

The Blue Ridge Parkway has lost its spot atop the rankings of the most visited national parks.
National Park Service

The Blue Ridge Parkway has lost its spot atop the rankings of the most visited national parks.

Photo: 'Vote Here' sign in English and Spanish
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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says a trial judge's ruling striking down North Carolina's new constitutional amendment mandating photo identification to vote "has a sound basis" in the law but ultimately will be resolved by higher courts.

This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins
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A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a "great big warning light to the basketball world."

North Carolina's top elected officials signed off on Tuesday to move the state Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters from Raleigh to Rocky Mount by next year, a decision that could lead scores of state employees having to look elsewhere for work.

A former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice and other retired state government workers and teachers aren't exempted from paying health insurance premiums because they had a deal with the state to keep their benefits unchanged, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Image from Jon WIlliams' Twitter feed. He has been charged with littering.
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Authorities have accused a man of placing white hoods on a Confederate statue depicting a woman and a young boy on the grounds of North Carolina's Capitol.

Voter stickers
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A judge will soon decide whether one of many pending lawsuits challenging North Carolina's new photo voter identification laws should go to trial.

The election timetable for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District special election.
N.C. State Board of Elections

Next week marks the start of a new round of elections in the nation's last unresolved congressional race after November's results were thrown out because of concerns about ballot tampering and state officials called for a do-over.

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A Wake County jury sentenced a man to death on Monday after his conviction for killing two people at a motel almost three years ago.

Democrat Dan McCready, second from right, will run again in special election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.
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North Carolina officials set a Sept. 10 date for a new election for the nation's last unresolved congressional race after the November results were thrown out over concerns of ballot tampering. Parties will hold their primaries on May 14.

Democrat Dan McCready, running for a U.S. congressional seat, visits a Lumberton shelter and thanks the nurses for their long hours on Twitter.
@McCreadyForNC Twitter post

A ballot-fraud scandal that brought down a Republican candidate and led North Carolina to order a do-over congressional election could give Democrats a strong shot at taking back a seat that has been held by the GOP since John F. Kennedy was in the White House.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.

North Carolina's largest health insurer said Friday it expects to reimburse about 700,000 customers after administrative and other costs outstripped a limit allowed by the health care overhaul law championed by President Barack Obama.

Lynne Patton, who works in the Trump administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, stands behind Meadows, as Meadows said to Cohen, "I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light."

Kelly Darden Jr. still remembers one of the first times he experienced the "black friend defense."

Back in high school, a group of white classmates dressed in Confederate-inspired clothing as part of a social club called the "Rebel Rousers" and insisted they weren't racist when confronted because some of them knew Darden, who is black.