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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The former president of North Carolina's community college system says he was forced from the post. Jimmie Williamson resigned on July 31 and left the job at the end of September. He said he believes he was "collateral damage" from a power struggle between a local college board and the state board.

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a woman has died after being trapped in her burning vehicle. According to the patrol, Linda Creswell was driving west on U.S. Highway 64 Alternate east of Robersonville on Monday when her SUV ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree. A state trooper said Creswell was alive, but rescuers couldn't get her out before the SUV caught fire.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The nation's largest electric company agrees to seek a lower rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers and charge a lower potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal. Duke Energy Corp. and consumer advocates working for the North Carolina Utilities Commission said Monday they've agreed to a partial settlement as the company's seeks a reduced 13 percent rate increase.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State House Rep. Susan Martin has announced she will not seek re-election to a fourth term. The announcement of Martin's decision came on Monday from the office of State House Speaker Tim Moore. Martin co-chairs the state House Committee on Commerce and Job Development, as well as the state House Committee on Finance.

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