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The world is saying it’s goodbyes to Betty White, John Madden and Dan Reeves, but I’d like to use this space to tell you about another accomplished individual we just lost. His name is Sam Jones, he’s from right here in North Carolina and his story is an incredible one.

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Elizabeth City State University’s men’s basketball team didn’t have to do anything Sunday — except show up — to claim the trophy for winning the inaugural YES U.S. Virgin Islands Basketball Classic tournament.

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From July 2020 to July 2021, there was a net inflow of 637,729 Americans into these top-five destination states: Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. During the same period, there was a net outflow of 918,443 Americans from these top-five exporter states: California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Louisiana.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Georgia Tuesday to push their party’s bill to federalize U.S. election procedures on terms favorable to Democrats. “We are going right to the belly of the beast, or ground zero, for voter suppression, voter subversion and obstruction,” senior White House official Cedric Richmond told Politico.

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The Dominion Energy Foundation has awarded the College of The Albemarle Foundation a $10,000 grant to expand the college’s offerings in science, technology, math and engineering, and to offer its STEM outreach programs in additional counties.

State AP Stories

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina congressman said an effort by voters to block his candidacy by citing a constitutional amendment preventing insurrectionists from serving will fail and is part of a scheme to target “America First patriots” who backed former President Donald Trump.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted a request from the police chief of a North Carolina city to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The legal fight over North Carolina's redistricting plans shifted quickly to the state Supreme Court the day after trial judges refused to throw out the new maps. By Wednesday, nearly half of the justices had been asked by lawyers to stay out of upcoming deliberations be…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper gave former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley his full-throated endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, attempting to secure a smoother path for her to become the Democrats' nominee to wrest a seat held by a Republican since 2005.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel refused Tuesday to throw out redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, rejecting arguments that the lines were illegal because they were politically stacked for the GOP.

National & World AP Stories

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the former president of Mali who took office in a landmark election held after a destabilizing coup only to be ousted in another military takeover nearly seven years later, has died. He was 76.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption receded Sunday, but the massive ash cloud covering the tiny island nation of Tonga prevented surveillance flights from New Zealand to assess the extent of damage.

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BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese city of Xi’an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown, as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games are due to start.

COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted.

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