Cheap Solar Panels, Batteries Help Ocracoke Keep The Lights On

A year after a construction crew accidentally cut power to the Outer Banks, Ocracoke is taking advantage of cheaper solar panels and batteries to make its own energy right on the tiny island.

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Aretha Franklin, The 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzPXozDgvYs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujRur_sDjgM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1p92gQTQCg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53qpjd7jJYo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJA1QRND3aw Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," died Thursday in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76. Franklin sold more than 75 million...

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A three-judge panel met Wednesday to discuss two challenges to constitutional amendments proposed by the Republican-led General Assembly.

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A coalition of concerned community members and activists filed a federal discrimination complaint Monday against the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and School System. It alleges that they mishandled concerns about mold and air quality at the elementary school Ashley Academy for Cultural & Global Studies, which serves a predominantly black and Latino population in eastern Winston-Salem.

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 In the early 1990s, U.S. Congress authorized 1,000 special visas for displaced Tibetans living in exile in India and Nepal. Tenzin Kalsang is a Tibetan who came to the U.S. as part of that resettlement. Despite a steady stream of struggles, and trying to navigate life without her family, Kalsang took a job as a cleaner in an office building. It was there that she struck up a friendship with writer and educator Madeline Uraneck, and the two went on to consider each other family. 

Two adults with developmental disabilities make candles.
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The transition from high school to college or the job market is difficult for many people, but it can be especially difficult for people with developmental disabilities. The Chapel Hill-based nonprofit Extraordinary Ventures aims to bridge that gap. It operates six small businesses that employ more than 50 people with developmental disabilities. 

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
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A North Carolina committee tasked with deciding the fate of three prominent Confederate monuments now located at the State Capitol grounds will announce its plan next week.

A trio of North Carolina judges in Raleigh, N.C., listen Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, as attorneys argue whether proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution were worded to be misleading and mask the goal of Republican legislators to reduce Democra
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A panel of judges was asked Wednesday to decide whether North Carolina's Republican-dominated legislature is trying to fool voters by calling for constitutional changes without explaining the effect would be to strip more power from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

A sign at the entrance of the Fayetteville Works site on N.C. 87 in Bladen County, North Carolina.
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The Chemours Company will stop providing bottled water to hundreds of residents whose well water has been tainted by the chemical GenX.

A screengrab of a video showing the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department use a drone for a simulated beach rescue.
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The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department is experimenting with drones to help lifeguards with water rescues.

The department is testing equipment that allows drones to carry a lightweight inflatable buoy to swimmers who might be in distress, according to Wrightsville Beach firefighter Sam Proffitt. He said the drone can quickly fly a few hundred yards and drop the device.

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Some U.S. House races that were once considered reliably Republican are becoming more competitive, and three of these districts are in North Carolina. 

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A North Carolina woman was stalked and harassed on social media for months, and police said they could not do anything to help her. 

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A coalition of concerned community members and activists filed a federal discrimination complaint Monday against the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and School System. It alleges that they mishandled concerns about mold and air quality at the elementary school Ashley Academy for Cultural & Global Studies, which serves a predominantly black and Latino population in eastern Winston-Salem.

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Next month's departures of three State Board of Education members will give Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper the ability to fill vacancies without his replacements having to win formal North Carolina General Assembly approval.

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Ten former members of the UNC Board of Governors have accused the sitting board of practicing bad governance.

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Student loan debt is on the rise nationally and in North Carolina, but recent graduates are faring better here than in other states.

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