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For a fraction of what some Americans spend on coffee or their cellphone bill a month, Elizabeth City State University says it can help more ECSU students pay for basic living expenses like housing, travel and emergency relocation.

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In what their coach described as “a big win” for Mid-Atlantic Christian University’s women’s basketball program, the Lady Mustangs defeated the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan University Monday evening at TowneBank Arena, winning by a final score of 56-47.

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The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of the North Carolina life sciences industry in battling our most serious public health threats. When faced with the threat of COVID-19, biotechnology companies — many based right here in North Carolina — answered the call and quickly developed safe and effective vaccines, tests, and treatments. Increasing vaccination rates — both in the U.S. and abroad — and continuing to invest in innovation remains a priority for the North Carolina life sciences ecosystem. Unfortunately, policymakers are currently considering proposals that will hamper our ability to effectively respond to COVID-19 and future pandemics.

The spirit of Christmas means a lot of different things to people. To me, it means the spirit of joy and life inside me. It means feeling the spirit of our holy father each and every day, not just at Christmas

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“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” — I Corinthians 3:10-11

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” — Ephesians 1:3-4

Currently on display at Museum of the Albemarle until August of next year is “Picturing Women Inventors,” a poster exhibition designed to educate and inspire young people to see themselves as future inventors. This exhibition showcases breakthroughs, motivations and challenges women encounte…

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Three people were shot and wounded Friday during an apparent fight between two groups at a North Carolina mall crowded with shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving, the police chief said.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New state data shows more than 1.3 million of the roughly 8.2 million North Carolina adults who qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot — or one in six eligible residents — have gotten the extra protection against a virus that has killed about 775,000 Americans.

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The city manager in Newport, Rhode Island, is standing by the city police department's review of the 1966 death of an employee of wealthy heiress Doris Duke that found that there is no new information that would change the result of the original investigation that determined it was an accident.

National & World AP Stories

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ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more da…

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jury for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright's shooting death began to take shape Wednesday, with nine of the necessary 14 panelists seated, including a woman who said she owns both a gun and a stun gun.