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More drivers have become concerned they might own defective air bags after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday urged vehicle owners to act immediately on recalls dating as far back as 18 months ago. Those recalls affect nearly a dozen automakers and millions of vehicles, regulators said.

Judicial campaigns, technically non-partisan, have become steeped in politics as lawsuits challenging laws and policies adopted by the legislature make their way through the courts.

The commission has identified potential legislation to stop companies trying to cheat on workers’ compensation and skirt labor laws. Community members and commission advisers met Friday to offer feedback.

Union County’s days of being among the national leaders in growth have receded, but that doesn’t mean the county intends to ignore growth management needs.

A proposed Love’s truck stop moved closer to opening near Interstate 40 Exit 154 in Statesville, after an Iredell County judge ruled against an appeal filed by the project’s opponents.

Gastonia police are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a fraud case.

The prosecutor in Asheville plans to dismiss about 230 speeding tickets that were written by police officers using radar guns with out-of-date certificates.

A highway construction worker has been killed in a hit and run in Beaufort County.

A 23-year-old Mooresville man has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of a stolen firearm in the Oct. 11 shooting of Marquise Leon Dalton, 24, also of Mooresville. Demitree Lenoy Adkins was being held at the Iredell County Jail without bond. Police discovered Dalton and Adkins with gunshot wounds near downtown. Both were transported to hospitals. Dalton died from his wounds. Adkins was hospitalized in stable condition. Joe Marusak

Police have identified the man who died Thursday when he failed to get out of the way of a Norfolk Southern freight train as Jarvis Tyree Glover, 32.

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