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The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

Wells Fargo’s retiring head of Eastern community banking told the Observer Thursday that a key task for her successor will be maintaining the company’s reputation with customers at a time when the public’s trust for banks is still recovering from the financial crisis.

The meth crackdown was carried out by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI, with help from the Boone police and the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office.

Growth in the national economy should accelerate in the months ahead, a panel of commercial real estate experts said Thursday, and Charlotte, Raleigh and other Sun Belt cities stand to grow even faster.

The N.C. Student Power Union said students and university workers will gather at the Belk Tower for a speakout and “possibly further action.”

Nucor on Thursday said third-quarter profits rose 66 percent from a year ago as the Charlotte-based steel maker saw an increase in sales and average sales price per ton.

Justin Lane, of the National Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C., called the forecast “classic autumn weather.”

Hoyle Lee Mincey was taken into custody by deputies and a K-9 dog in a wooded area off Jimmy Morrison Road near Lawndale, in northern Cleveland County.

A man and a woman were killed Wednesday evening and two other people seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in western Gaston County, authorities said.

Three families were displaced by the blaze, authorities said.

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