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As activists mark more than 100 days of protest since the April 21 death of Andrew Brown Jr. — killed outside his Elizabeth City home as police officers served a warrant on drug charges — faith leaders are now voicing support for drug law reform.

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Every day in counties across North Carolina, citizens, judges, jurors, attorneys entering their local courthouse must walk by monuments to soldiers who defended the Confederate’s support of the horrendously cruel institution of slavery.

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The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines brought great hope in the battle against the deadly pandemic that has affected our way of life for nearly a year and a half. Now, more than seven months into the largest vaccination effort in history, the data and science is clear: the vaccines are effective, but only if people get their “dose of hope.”

Let’s say there’s an outbreak of deadly parvovirus in your neighborhood. Your beloved golden retriever Red, however, goes into a full-scale panic attack at the sight or smell of a veterinarian. You know the disease is highly communicable and potentially fatal.

Every day in counties across North Carolina, citizens, judges, jurors, attorneys entering their local courthouse must walk by monuments to soldiers who defended the Confederate’s support of the horrendously cruel institution of slavery.

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“There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.” — Proverbs 11:24-25

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool k…

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday decided to reverse course from guidance he issued last week and will now urge all K-12 public school students and staff to be masked, even if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's health department will require workers, volunteers and others at 14 state-run health care facilities to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Sept. 30 unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption, according to a memo.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has offered some of the victims' families nearly $33 million to settle their lawsuit over how the company marketed the firearm to the public.

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Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are rapidly expanding their services to grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet stores and even department stores.

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TOKYO (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter plans to seek asylum in Poland, an activist group said Monday, after the athlete alleged that her team’s officials tried to force her to fly home, where she feared she wouldn’t be safe from an autocratic government that recently was accused of diver…

KASHIMA, Japan (AP) — Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and Canada earned a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States in the Olympic women’s soccer competition on Monday.

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