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The Charlotte City Council did not break the law when it voted privately to offer the Carolina Panthers millions in incentives to stay in town, a judge ruled Thursday.

Roy Cooper apologizes for an attack ad against Raleigh lawyer Dan Boyce, Cooper’s former opponent for attorney general. The settlement ends a 14-year libel lawsuit.

Louis Rango has thought he’d make a good Mecklenburg sheriff for years. But he says he and his wife did some soul searching and decided to take the plunge in January, a few weeks before the deadline to file for office.

With strong backing from women’s groups, state Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro out-raised her Democratic rivals and holds a wide financial edge in the race to replace Mel Watt in Congress.

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