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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) - A state senator said he wants to know what's planned for 600 acres that the N.C. State Ports Authority bought for $30 million for a megaport that was never built. The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the vacant land bought by the state almost 12 years ago now had an estimated value of $15 million in 2013, half its purchase price.

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) - A poultry company in western North Carolina says it has installed cameras in the plant where live birds are present after a federal report found 33 inhumane violations. The Morganton News Herald reports the U.S. Agriculture Department found the violations at Case Farms' plant in Morganton.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A summary released by the Department of Defense shows reports of sexual assault from Fort Bragg increased by 28 percent in 2016 over the year before. The summary says Fort Bragg received 146 reports of sexual assault in 2016 compared to 114 reports in 2015.

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - State officials say construction of an observation tower that will provide a 360-degree view from South Carolina's highest point is scheduled to begin this month. A spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the construction on Sassafras Mountain is scheduled to begin Nov. 27.

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