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Elizabeth City officials expect a large number of people will attend tonight’s First Friday ArtWalk despite the fact that people protesting the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. are expected to assemble downtown for a 16th consecutive day.

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A letter to District Attorney Andrew Womble from attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. asks Womble to request the investigation of Brown's April 21 shooting death be transferred to another jurisdiction, citing the district attorney's working relationship with the officers involved in …

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An order signed by a Superior Court judge requiring disclosure of the body and dash camera footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s April 21 shooting death by Pasquotank sheriff's deputies lays out for the first time a short, official narrative of the events during deputies' encounter with Brown.

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BARCO — Led by the complete game, shutout pitching of Addyson Romanczyk, and the timely hitting of Gracey Capps, the Currituck Knights defeated East Bladen 3-0 in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state softball playoffs.

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In this graduation season, we should note with pride that 40 years ago ECU graduated its first class of physicians. This remarkable feat was accomplished just 16 years after Chancellor Leo Jenkins launched parallel efforts to obtain university status for East Carolina College and start a new medical school. Transforming ECU into an institution of national stature with a new school of medicine sparked remarkable advances in our community and region, which provides a very positive story to tell as ECU focuses on an innovative future under our new chancellor.

In early April Duke University announced that all new and returning Duke students must present proof of Covid vaccination before enrolling for the fall semester. Notre Dame, Cornell, Brown, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wake Forest have implemented the same requirement. Look for others to follow. But can they legally require vaccination?

In April, a Swedish plastics manufacturer announced that it would be locating its first U.S. production facility in Gaston County, creating 22 jobs at an average salary of $59,132. That news merited a press release from the state Department of Commerce and a quote from Gov. Roy Cooper.

Americans are so wont to say things like Remember the Alamo, Remember the Maine, Remember Pearl Harbor and Remember 9/11. We now have another remembrance: Tuesday, April 20, 2021. It’s the day a much-confused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on dead George Floyd and thanked him for “sacrifi…

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WINFALL — Nearly a year after a fire destroyed its original sanctuary, Spirit and Truth United Methodist Church’s congregation returned home to worship for the first time last Sunday.

In 1954, the United States was involved in the newest telecommunication era. The advent of television in post World War II to market consumer products made building TV towers and studios possible across the nation.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big question within North Carolina state government at the start of the year was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders could agree on a state budget after reaching a negotiating impasse two years ago.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The family of a Black man who was fatally shot in his car by sheriff’s deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will only be shown a fraction of body camera footage recorded at the scene and could wait days longer to view it, under a judge’s written ruling.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — EnPro Industries Inc. (NPO) on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $18 million.

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced growing pressure Friday to impose a strict nationwide lockdown, despite the economic pain it will exact, as a startling surge in coronavirus cases that has pummeled the country's health system shows no signs of abating.

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MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said Friday an explosion that wounded former President Mohamed Nasheed and four others including a British national was an act of terrorism and they are attempting to identify four possible suspects. Australian police said they are ready to assist…