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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - Services are being held for two workers killed during an attempted escape by North Carolina prisoners who tried to burn, stab and slash their way out. The service for Correction Enterprises manager Veronica Darden is being held Saturday, and the service for Correctional Officer Justin Smith will be held Sunday.

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - Contractors for the NC Department of Transportation are slated to begin work on a bridge that will result in lane closures. A news release from the department said deck maintenance on the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge on the U.S. 64 Bypass included concrete deck repairs, concrete crack sealing and new pavement markings. The work starts Monday and will continue through Dec. 13.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says a military justice case must be "resolved on its own facts" after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argued that President Donald Trump's criticism prevented him from receiving a fair sentence. The White House statement issued Friday doesn't mention Bergdahl by name. It says Trump "expects all military personnel" in the military justice process "to exercise their independent professional judgment."

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged in September for the third straight month, staying at 4.1 percent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that North Carolina's unemployment rate fell by one percentage point over the past year, one of the best improvements in the country.

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