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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. Now, with a Republican governor at the helm, some GOP lawmakers want to expand state incentives and create a so-called "closing fund" that will allow cash grants to large corporations that promise to add jobs.
A former Pfeiffer University English professor and dean of student affairs will return to campus next month to serve as interim president, the university announced Thursday.
A new landfill in Person County is one small step toward solving North Carolina's coal-ash problem. Even environmentalists like it. The question that remains is how long will it take Duke Energy to clean things up, how much will it cost, and who will pay for it?

A few months after losing daughter Libby to leukemia, Josh Jones is the number one individual fundraiser for cancer research event 24 Hours of Booty

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.

A witness testifying for the second day in the trial of his former high school wrestling coach charged with molesting team members told a Gaston County jury on Thursday that the coach wanted the witness to kill him.

A month after being struck by lightning, 9-year-old Khye Felder sits comfortably between his parents and siblings, who joke that they can’t decide between the nicknames “Bolt” or “Mr. Lightning.”

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Common Grounds Farm Stand is celebrating its sixth season this summer, selling local produce and homemade food with proceeds benefiting Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center. The volunteer-run stand operates Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the summer, and is located on the front porch of the Thies Mortgage Building at 119 Huntley Place. It has raised more than $25,000 for the Urban Ministry Center since opening.

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