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Mom charged with murder after newborn found in trash bag in closet at NC home

  “We move forward, we don’t ever move on”: One year after Trooper Conner’s death, his wife recalls the past and looks toward the future

Appeals court tosses another protection against video sweepstakes machines

  Downtown Wilmington’s residential population set to double with current construction

NC nursing home employees accused of creating senior fight club

FBI photographer from Alabama found dead in N.C. creek

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N.C. health officials confirm second death from Legionnaires disease

Student rides horse to school after missing bus in NC

N.C. high school teacher catches flak for response to sign encouraging prayer

  Bill named after fallen trooper Kevin Conner signed by governor

North Carolina ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. for most solved murders

Police: Mother sold child to couple in exchange for car

Breakout of Legionnaires’ disease in NC mountains traced back to hot tubs at fair

A breakout of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina and South Carolina has been traced back to hot tub displays at the NC Mountain State Fair, state health officials said Thursday.

Recently-retired Mooresville K-9 officer Baks passes away

A K-9 officer with the Mooresville Police Department has passed away just months after he retired, the department announced Thursday.

N.C. man accused of raping 5-year-old he was babysitting arrested in West Virginia

A Cove County, N.C. man wanted for allegedly raping a 5-year-old child he was babysitting was arrested in West Virigina, according to authorities.

New CFCC, UNCW admissions initiative aims for seamless transition to undergraduate programs

A new partnership between Cape Fear Community College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will help students stay on a direct path to continuing their education.

ECU interim chancellor put on administrative leave after bar photos surface

  ILM receives over $3 million in FAA grant money

First vaping-related death reported in North Carolina

  NC wild horse manager says a herd lost 28 horses in Dorian

  ‘We will not yield’: Wilmington group says elected officials need to be held accountable

  Climate strikes take place worldwide, including Wilmington

  Wilmington art students send #OcracokeStrong cards to hurricane victims

A group of art students in Wilmington sent supplies as well as some words of encouragement for those in Ocracoke still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island community.

NC sheriff indicted on felonies over threat to kill former deputy

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday on two counts of felony obstruction of justice, according to a news release from Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.

  Wrightsville Beach relief group shifts efforts to Dorian victims in Ocracoke

Port City Proud believes nobody should be forgotten, so they’re packing their bags and hitting the road with tools and fresh produce to help those in Ocracoke Island who need it the most.

‘Eno’ the emu dies while being restrained during capture, N.C. officials say

Animal services employees were attempting to capture the large bird and relocate it to an animal sanctuary.

  SBI: Missing man’s remains found, bringing end to 24-year-old cold case

State and local investigators have discovered skeletal remains that are believed to be that of a missing Boiling Spring Lakes man, bringing an end to a 24-year-old cold case.

USGS: Earthquake reported 4 miles outside Cherokee in NC mountains

The 2.5 magnitude earthquake is the third reported quake in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains in the last three and a half weeks, according to USGS mapping information.

  Cooper attends NCDOT update on U.S. 421, a year after Florence

Governor Roy Cooper will be visiting the section of U.S. 421, Tuesday, that was washed out during Hurricane Florence.

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.

  ’We want you to know we are with you’: Gov. Cooper visits Wilmington, talks Dorian recovery in shadow of Florence

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited the Port City Friday under sunny skies, just hours after Hurricane Dorian finally cleared the state’s Southeastern Coast.

Hurricane Dorian impacting early-voting in NC9 congressional election

Hurricane Dorian is impacting early voting in the makeup election in North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes part of Bladen County.

Kindred Spirit Mailbox relocated as Dorian bears down

A well-known landmark that sits along the shoreline near the quiet town of Sunset Beach has a new home, at least temporarily.

Three-judge panel tosses NC districts for being too partisan

A North Carolina trial court has rejected state legislative district maps, saying lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help elect a maximum number of Republicans.

Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency due to Hurricane Dorian

Governor Roy Cooper on Friday declared a state of emergency for North Carolina ahead of the possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

Mooresville teacher posts video on social media criticizing disabled student

A video has surfaced online in which a teacher in Mooresville criticizes a special needs student who she had been tasked with watching while the rest of the class was on a field trip.

  Burgaw Elementary students treated to brand new school supplies

Students at Burgaw Elementary school received new school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year Wednesday.

NC day care worker charged with breaking infant’s leg

The worker is accused of twisting a 6-month-old child’s left leg – causing an oblique fracture of the left femur, warrants show.

DA: Former NC school athletics intern pretended to be woman to entice young boys for child porn

Frank Darrell Cromwell, 23, of Boone, was arrested in July after he was accused of pretending to be a female “to entice the minors to produce and send to him child pornography, and to engage in sexual activity.”

  NC high school football players now eligible for international play

According to a recent rule change by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, high school football athletes are now eligible for international play under USA Football.

  Free home available in Southport...with a catch

Amy Templeton, of Greensboro, has dreamed of living in Southport. There’s no denying the charm of this storybook seaside village, but it turns out what she bought isn’t her dream home.

President Trump tweets about another potential rally in NC

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump tweeted, expressing excitement about another potential rally in North Carolina this year.

  Homeowners could see easier access to solar energy under new bill

A bill that has been in affect for over a decade already allows homes to use solar panels, barring they meet a few requirements. HB750 could change that.

Three-legged bears popping up around NC mountains

Bears with missing limbs have been spotted in western North Carolina - and they’re worrying some residents.

  West Nile virus found in mosquitos in central Brunswick County

The State Laboratory of Public Health identified the West Nile virus in a pool of mosquitoes collected in the central part of the county on Aug. 13.

Missing 63-year-old man found dead in Bald Head Island harbor

A 63-year-old man reported missing yesterday afternoon was found dead in Bald Head Island’s harbor Thursday morning, according to officials with the village’s Department of Public Safety.

Six people facing charges after 70+ guns stolen from NC pawn shop

Two teens have been charged and a man is being sought after dozens of guns were stolen in a Statesville pawn shop break-in.

EPA brings back pesticide known to be harmful to bees

Last month, the EPA reintroduced a pesticide known to be harmful towards bees called Sulfoxaflor.

  Brunswick County SROs prep for upcoming school year

The Brunswick County School Resource Officers had a school meeting Tuesday about how to keep kids safe for the 2019-2020 school year.

Nicholas Sparks cleared in defamation lawsuit

A federal jury in Raleigh cleared author Nicholas Sparks in a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill Wednesday that would require sheriffs to cooperate with detainers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE detainers

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have required sheriff’s office’s to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when it comes to immigration detainers.

Guest injury closes Carowinds roller coaster ride

Carowinds’ newest thrill ride, Copperhead Strike, is closed until further notice after a guest was injured on the ride Sunday evening.

  Massive gator spotted taking stroll near N.C. overpass

A massive alligator was caught on camera taking a stroll near a busy Wilmington overpass Tuesday morning.

Leaders vote to remove Confederate statue from courthouse grounds in NC town

Chatham County Commissioners voted to end a 1907 agreement allowing a Confederate monument to remain outside the historic courthouse in Pittsboro.

Earthquake reported in NC mountains just outside Asheville

An earthquake was reported just outside Asheville on Sunday afternoon, according to information released by the United States Geological Survey on Monday morning.

  District 9 early voting to begin this week

North Carolina District 9 one-stop early voting begins Wednesday, August 21. The 9th district stretches from Bladen County, all the way to Charlotte.

  Historic radio station in danger of being pulled from the airwaves

WVOE is the first black owned and operated radio station east of the Mississippi River. The business in Chadbourn has seen its airwaves go to locals for 57 years, but that might soon end.

N.C. health officials investigate possible link between vaping and lung disease

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating recent reports of severe lung disease after vaping.

'A living legacy’: Charlotte woman celebrates 115th birthday

Hester McCardell Ford of Charlotte celebrated her 115th birthday Thursday!

  Local conservationists unhappy with changes to Endangered Species Act

The Trump Administration announced new changes to the Endangered Species Act, Monday. Laws that have been in place for 45 years will now list endangered plant and animal species on a case-by-case basis.

Cash crunch forcing DOT to lay off hundreds of temp workers, contractors

The state Department of Transportation will lay off hundreds of temporary workers and contractors in the coming weeks because storms and lawsuits have drained the agency’s funding, officials said Wednesday.

Brunswick County officials announce plan to settle H2GO dispute

Officials with the towns of Leland and Belville, along with the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO Sanitary District, announced a potential agreement that would settle litigation surrounding H2GO’s water and sewer assets.

NC restaurant has social media disabled after receiving racist letter

This happened just days after A&I’s Chicken Shack said it received hate mail telling the minority-owned business owners to leave town.

Charlotte airport employee killed while driving a luggage vehicle, officials say

An employee at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport was killed in an accident Sunday night, according to airport officials.

  Ocean waves prove dangerous in summer 2019

Many people are at the beach for a much needed vacation, to enjoy friends and family, but nobody things about a wave crashing down on them as they’re playing.

Report: Downtown Durham explosion that killed 2, injured 25 was an accident

An explosion in downtown Durham that killed two people and injured 25 more was deemed accidental, according to the City of Durham Fire Department’s report released Friday.

Trooper seriously injured in Charlotte crash moved to Atlanta rehab center

On Thursday, Wooten was transported from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte to Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, the Highway Patrol said.

School superintendent, college-bound 18-year-old killed in SC crash

Two people are dead after a head-on-crash in Chester County Thursday night.

  Bulletproof backpacks show up in Wilmington stores

Don’t be surprised to see school bags with a little more padding then normal this school year. Parents across the county have made the item a top priority on their annual back-to-school shopping lists.

  Highway 6: How the Shrimp Festival came to be

As the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival comes up on it 49th year, we’re taking a look back at its history.

Current firearm bills unlikely to move in NC House committee

Calls to move gun reform bills through a North Carolina’s House of Representatives committee may not yield the results supporters want to see. Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover), the Senior Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling for comprehensive solutions rather than separate proposals.

No action for weeks on bill named after fallen Trooper Kevin Conner

A bill named after a state trooper killed in the line of duty has not moved in North Carolina’s Senate chamber in more than a month, and there is some conflicting information on what has stalled its’ progression.

  Cats and dogs will be allowed in breweries and taprooms this fall under new NC law

Cats and dogs will be allowed in North Carolina breweries and taprooms starting in September now that a new law is in place.

4-year-old NC girl found in Texas with human traffickers, police say

Aubriana Recinos, 4, was reported missing on July 8, along with her 23-year-old mother, Carmen Lowe.

  Woman requests to adopt dogs with most seniority and special needs from NC shelter

Leslie walked into the Asheville Humane Society July 24 with a question and a request: “Which two dogs have been here the longest, with the most special needs? I’m here to take them both home with me.”

Pentagon identifies Fort Bragg paratroopers killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has announced the names of two U.S. soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Monday.

  NC bill to make ride-sharing safer heads to governor’s desk for approval

North Carolina legislators are working to improve the safety of ride-sharing after University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was abducted and killed by a person impersonating an Uber driver.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram sworn in as president of N.C. Sheriffs’ Association

Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram V will be sworn in as the president of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Tuesday evening.

N.C. gun shop buys ‘4 Horsemen’ billboard insulting congresswomen

A new billboard in North Carolina shows four minority congresswomen smiling down on the small town of Murphy, their faces at odds with the apocalyptic phrase slapped above them: The 4 Horsemen Cometh.