From specialized gyms offering one type of class to one-stop fitness centers with an almost country-clublike feel, the city’s gym scene has moved beyond the YMCAs and 24 Hour Fitnesses.

Three years ago, Republican lawmakers balked at a deal put forward by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to offer a company cash incentives to lure 1,300 jobs to North Carolina. But times have changed.

Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay.

Bigger, faster, louder: That’s what most of the renovations at Bank of America Stadium add up to. Here’s a look at what’s different since the last time the Carolina Panthers played in Charlotte.

An influx of funding will keep two young primates and their mothers at the NC Zoo, and bring three newcomers in the spring. Just two months ago, North Carolina's zoo was ready to send its youngest gorillas, Bomassa and Apollo, and their mothers away, along with an unrelated female.

A few months after losing daughter Libby to leukemia, Josh Jones is the No. 1 individual fundraiser for cancer research event 24 Hours of Booty

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The Daily Edit: 7.25.2014

GM Dave Gettleman said Greg Hardy’s legal troubles are very concerning and disappointing.

A victory Sunday at Indianapolis would essentially lock Ryan Newman into the Chase field.

Duke's David Cutcliffe, N.C. State's Dave Doeren, UNC's Larry Fedora draw laughs during the annual Bill Dooley Chapter Pigskin Preview.

Verde wins a point for rarity-of-menu before you even get in the door.

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