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North Carolina Senator Passes Away

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State Sen. Vernon Malone has died of natural causes at his home in Raleigh. He was 77.  Malone's son Rod said his father died Saturday morning.

The Democrat served most recently as co-chairman of the education budget subcommittee and had represented District 14 in the General Assembly for four terms.

The Shaw University graduate held public offices in Wake County over three decades. As school board chairman, he presided over the merger of Raleigh city schools and Wake County public schools in 1976.

He served as a Wake County commissioner from 1984 until his election to the Senate in 2002.

Details for a memorial service are not yet set.

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