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Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory signed the remaining bills on his desk Friday from the General Assembly's recent session except for one he plans to let become law without his signature. Two others that he vetoed last week will bring lawmakers back to Raleigh early next month. McCrory signed 33 of the 34 bills he hadn't acted upon that lawmakers had left for him when they went home July 26. They include a wide-ranging regulatory overhaul, a three-year delay on implementing pollution-control rules for Jordan Lake and an effort that keeps judicial disciplinary activities secret for a longer period. By Gary D. Robertson.

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CHARLOTTE — For more than a decade, Frank Siller has been trying to honor the memory of his brother, a New York firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Along with family members, he created a foundation that not only remembers Stephen Siller's legacy of helping others, but also builds homes for U.S. veterans who have lost multiple limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Mitch Weiss.

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MOORESVILLE — Authorities say 20 people were hurt, one critically, when a bus carrying Army reservists overturned north of Charlotte. The crash occurred Friday afternoon in Mooresville, which is about 25 miles north of Charlotte. Mooresville city spokeswoman Kim Sellers said 11 people were taken to a local hospital. Sellers said one person was listed in critical condition.

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GREENSBORO — A federal judge wants to hear from lawyers in person on the legality of 2011 ultrasound requirements passed by North Carolina legislators before deciding whether they should be tossed out permanently as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles already put the restrictions on hold nearly two years ago while the litigation took its course. She scheduled oral arguments for Friday in Greensboro on competing motions to strike down or uphold challenged portions of the law.

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COROLLA — Scientists along the North Carolina Outer Banks say at least 16 dolphins have washed up on the shores from Corolla to Avon in the last week. The Virginian-Pilot from Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/13LZ33l) scientists connected to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network are collecting the corpses for testing.

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UNDATED — Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Friday that it will be reviewing working conditions of its employees, particularly those of junior staffers, after the death of one of its interns. Moritz Erhardt, 21, died Aug. 15 in London. Police there said the death was being treated as not suspicious, which means there was no reason to believe anyone else was involved. The circumstances surrounding the death are not yet known.

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GREENVILLE — Attorneys have reached the deadline to file documents in a case to decide whether Pitt County schools have reached the goal of providing equal education regardless of race. A group of black parents represented by the UNC Center for Civil Rights are asking a court to reverse a 2011 student assignment plan they say effectively re-segregated several county schools.

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SALISBURY — A child-custody hearing was closed in Salisbury for the family of missing teen Erica Parsons. Erica's adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, were ordered to court Thursday about allegations that two juveniles in their family had been abused.

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GASTONIA — Intricate wood designs adorn fireplaces and doorways in the historic, two-story house in Dallas. But beneath the fine designs, termites have chewed away at the house's foundation and structure, according to owner John Beaty. The extensive damage and looming upgrades needed for the home have led Beaty to a tough decision. He's going to have the 121-year-old house at 216 W. Trade St. torn down. By Diane Turbyfill, Gaston Gazette.

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— SAME SEX MARRIAGE, from MARSHALL — Madison County officials have refused to issue a marriage license for two women. Moved as APNewsNow.

— BEACH PATROL-BODY, from CAROLINA BEACH — Police in Carolina Beach are working to identify a man whose body was found in the surf by a turtle patrol. Moved as APNewsNow.

— GANG BAN, from CHARLOTTE — A Mecklenburg County judge is the first to use a North Carolina law that forbids members of a street gang from having any contact with each other. Moved as APNewsNow.

— CHARLOTTE-HOMELESS, from CHARLOTTE — The United Way in Charlotte is working on a new approach to make information more easily available for the homeless in the state's largest city. Moved as APNewsNow.

— RESTAURANT WAGES, from ASHEVILLE — An Asheville restaurant and some of its former employees have settled a lawsuit seeking back wages. Moved as APNewsNow.

— WAL-MART THEFTS, from PITTSBORO — Authorities say three men from Henderson have been identified in connection with a theft ring that targeted Wal-Mart stores across central North Carolina. Moved as APNewsNow.

— MILITARY DOG-RETIREMENT, from SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force is honoring explosives detection dog Charlie at the German shepherd's retirement after 10 years of military service. Moved as APNewsNow.

— AIR FORCE-SUMMER BLAST, from SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE— North Carolina's Air Force base is celebrating the end of summer with a private bash open to members of the 4th Fighter Wing, airmen who keep the jets aloft, and their families. Moved as APNewsNow.

— RED SNAPPER SEASON, from CHARLESTON, S.C. — The three-year-old moratorium on red snapper fishing in the Southeast is being lifted this weekend. Fishermen in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida will again be able to catch red snapper, but only from Friday through Sunday. Moved as APNewsNow.



CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina's defense struggled during coach Larry Fedora's first season. Kareem Martin remembers a string of missed assignments and inconsistent performances. Things must change if the Tar Heels want to hang with sixth-ranked South Carolina in next week's road opener, much less contend for an Atlantic Coast Conference championship by November. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard.

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