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News Minute: Here is the latest North Carolina news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST

ATLANTA (AP) - Major delays are being reported in Atlanta at the world's busiest airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said early Wednesday that snow and ice have prompted the airport to operate a ground delay program. The FAA said that is causing some arriving flights to be delayed more than an hour.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - An Arctic wave of wintry weather is expected to spread snow across the width of North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast. Schools closed early Tuesday from the Tennessee border to Asheville ahead of the rush of snow and cold.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Judges who struck down North Carolina's congressional map for excessive partisanship have refused to delay their order telling Republican state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. Tuesday's decision by the three-judge federal panel was expected, given that the judges ruled last week the boundaries are illegal political gerrymanders violating the U.S. Constitution. GOP legislators have also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's top health official says she's pleased with changes underway at a regional mental health agency her department took over temporarily following spending decisions criticized by auditors. The state health and human services secretary did not give a date to a legislative committee Tuesday about when a new board and the executive team at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions would take over but says it's getting close.

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