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Blood, Urine Tests Of Chemical Plant Neighbors find No GenX

Dozens of neighbors of a North Carolina chemical plant had industrial compounds in their bloodstreams, but tests by state and federal health officials outlined Tuesday didn't find the much-debated and little-studied one they were looking for.

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Battle For The Senate: 10 Races That Will Determine Control

The battle for the Senate is being fought on Republican-friendly turf, and with three weeks until Election Day the GOP is increasingly optimistic that the chamber will remain in the party's grasp. Fears that a fiery Democratic opposition could turn the map upside down have abated some, now that the GOP base is more tuned in following the confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But the charged political dynamics of 2018 leave open the potential for drama when results...

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State lawmakers approved $850 million in hurricane relief money during a special session Monday, half of which can be spent immediately. The money will go not just to infrastructure but also to helping communities with things like mosquito abatement and agricultural recovery. The General Assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation in an effort to address the $13 billion in damages caused by Florence. 

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Six proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot could impact key aspects of state government. But there is not much information available about how these amendments would be implemented.

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A judge declined Monday to punish a black University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to pouring red ink and her own blood on a Confederate statue in a headline-grabbing protest that preceded the statue's toppling months later.

Jordan Denoia, 21, moved to Wilmington in August to work as a certified nursing assistant at a local nursing home. She lost her job after the storm and has lived in a Red Cross shelter since September 20.
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Tammy Short and her family moved to Wilmington from Gastonia three weeks before Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. She had landed a job at a tourist shop; her 25-year-old son had found work at a local diner. They were living at the Carolina Beach Campground while they figured out their next steps in their new city.

Hurricane Florence wiped all that away.

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His soulful songs may be reminiscent of Sam Cooke, but Anthony Hamilton refuses to be put in a box. He was discovered while cutting hair at a barbershop in Charlotte and was signed to Uptown Records, but it took him 10 years and several failed record deals to finally establish himself as a solo superstar.

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The countdown to the 2018 midterms is on, and all seats in the North Carolina General Assembly are up for election. Democrats are hoping to secure wins in both the House and Senate to break the Republican supermajority. Two competitive House seats in Haywood County may be crucial grabs for the Democrats, while two Democratically-held seats in Buncombe County are also competitive races.

FT. BRAGG STORIES: Hurricane Florence

Oct 14, 2018
Spc. Alvarez carries a package of bottled water to a family in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 21, 2018.
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Hundreds of soldiers aided in Hurricane Florence rescue and recovery efforts, even as some saw their own homes flooded or evacuated. 

Specialist Ruben Alvarez is a parachute rigger at Fort Bragg. During the storm, he volunteered to help evacuate houses, working long shifts with the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

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As Florence recovery marches on across portions of North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper calls on the Legislature to appropriate a $750 million down payment. His request came the same week as a new report out from the United Nations on the short-term effects of climate change.

University police stand watch inside a barricade around the Silent Sam Statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill protestors for and against the statue’s removal attended rallies near the statue on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
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Updated 3:25 p.m.  | Oct. 12, 2018

The chancellor of North Carolina's flagship public university apologized Friday for the school's history of slavery, adding that words alone are not enough to atone for using enslaved people to build and maintain the campus.

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  The Appalachian region is an expansive stretch of hundreds of thousands of miles from the mountains of New York to Mississippi. It is home to more than 25 million people who celebrate diverse cultural traditions, yet its stereotype as a region filled with poor, white farmers still looms large. In the 90s, writer Frank X Walker coined the term “Affrilachia,” to chip away at those stereotypes and render visible the life and work of a more diverse array of residents.

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WUNC’s education reporters have been following staff and families in New Hanover County Schools as they weathered Hurricane Florence and now work to put their classrooms and schools back together.

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University police stand watch inside a barricade around the Silent Sam Statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill protestors for and against the statue’s removal attended rallies near the statue on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
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Updated 3:25 p.m.  | Oct. 12, 2018

The chancellor of North Carolina's flagship public university apologized Friday for the school's history of slavery, adding that words alone are not enough to atone for using enslaved people to build and maintain the campus.

File photo of UNC Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith and UNC system President Margaret Spellings responding to questions about the aborted Western Carolina University chancellor search at a July 27, 2018 press conference.
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The UNC Board of Governors, which oversees North Carolina's public universities, has voted to changed the way chancellor searches are conducted. The new policy includes a section on confidentiality mandating that candidates' identities not be disclosed to the public.

Islands Fresh Mex Grill in Wilmington hosted a fundraiser for Trask Middle School's PTA, which has been giving aid to families and teachers affected by Hurricane Florence. Staff and families at the event, just a week into school, already had the threat of
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New Hanover County Schools are just getting back to class, meanwhile the threat of Hurricane Michael has many feeling nervous.

Trask Middle School staff and their families gathered at Islands Fresh Mex Grill in Wilmington for an evening fundraiser this week. Proceeds from the burritos and taco salads sold will go to the school's Parent/Teachers’ Association.

Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School 2nd grade teacher Jenna Parker talks with students on Oct. 4, 2018 as they reflect on their experiences Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington.
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Since the day Hurricane Florence began battering the North Carolina coast, WUNC’s education reporters have been following staff and families in New Hanover County Schools as they first weathered the storm, and now work to put their classrooms and schools back together.

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