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Tropical Depression Two Forms in the eastern Atlantic

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Tropical Depression Two formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean Monday afternoon.
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Rain Chances Continue into Tuesday Video included

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Rain chances remain above normal for much of the work week.
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Pitt Commissioners approve merit bonuses for employees

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County Manager Scott Elliott recommended the county use $171,450 in state reimbursements to offer county employees the $150 bonus. More>>

Craven County sees economic stimulus with Minges expansion Video included

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Craven County is getting a major economic stimulus as Minges Bottling Group will build a new, expanded New Bern facility at Craven County Industrial Park. More>>

Tips for rental car insurance

Tips for rental car insurance

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Rental car insurance may be extra confusing this summer travel season. More>>

NC police chiefs in Wilmington for conference

NC police chiefs in Wilmington for conference

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North Carolina police chiefs are down in Wilmington for a conference. More>>

Graduate students hold book drive for Belvoir Elementary School

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East Carolina University graduate students are helping a local elementary school promote literacy.
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NC pension changes near final legislative approval

The General Assembly is one vote away from finalizing changes to North Carolina's government retirement system in part to prevent the system from having to pay for some large pension spikes for high-income workers. More>>

NC sales tax limit for counties reviewed by Senate Video included

A Superior Court judge has struck down parts of new rules. A Superior Court judge has struck down parts of new rules.

Senate Republicans have retooled a proposal limiting local sales taxes in North Carolina but could still stop two large counties from putting referenda on the ballot this fall. More>>

McCrory judicial choice once reprimanded by NC Bar

A new District Court judge appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory was previously reprimanded for professional misconduct by the North Carolina State Bar. More>>

Prosecutor: hearing in UNC agents case on hold

This week's scheduled hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been postponed. More>>

Greenville attorney found guilty of 35 misconduct violations Video included

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David Sutton went before the North Carolina State Bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission.  More>>

Teachers get creative to fund classroom needs

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A Havelock teacher is taking action when it comes to getting money for her classroom.
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The sky is the limit for private UAV users Video included

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With unmanned aerial vehicles becoming more affordable, more people are taking to the skies but what do you need to know before taking flight? More>>

Wildlife officials warn of black bears in the east Video included

Black bear seen Sunday in Winterville Black bear seen Sunday in Winterville
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After several recent sightings, NC Wildlife officials are asking people to be on alert for black bears. Sunday a mother bear and her cubs climbed a tree in Winterville. More>>

Push to grow Community Watch in Washington Video included

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The Washington Police Department is going back to the basics. In the last seven months they've jump started five community watch programs.  More>>

North State stays alive in State Little League Tournament Video included

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North State beat South Durham 10-5 on Monday to stay alive in the North Carolina State Little League tournament at Elm Street Park. More>>

Sharks in the sound: researchers study aims to ease fears Video included

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Millions of people enjoy North Carolina waters every year. But few of those people stop to think what they may be swimming in. More>>

Deputies looking for missing teen in Carteret and Craven Counties

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The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a missing juvenile. Deputies tell 9 On Your Side, Phillip Cody Jones, 16, was last seen at 409 Plantation Drive in River Bend. More>>

Camp Lejeune Marines, sailors to conduct pre-deployment exercises in Virginia

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Residents in Southside and central Virginia could see military aircraft and ground vehicles through July 30th as Marines and sailors prepare for a deployment later this year. More>>

Duplin County deputies searching for missing teens from Rose Hill area

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According to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, The Duplin County Sheriff's Office is looking for two female undisciplined juvenile runaways from the Rose Hill area. More>>

NC Rep. Fulghum dies after cancer diagnosis

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State Rep. Jim Fulghum has died, weeks after announcing he was being treated for cancer. Molly Fulghum Heintz says her father died at his Raleigh home on Saturday evening. More>>

Craven County investigator awarded Badge of Courage Video included

Craven County investigator, Mike Sawyer, is awarded with the Badge of courage. Craven County investigator, Mike Sawyer, is awarded with the Badge of courage.
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An investigator with the Craven County Sheriff's Office was awarded with a Badge of Courage on Monday for saving a child left unattended in a vehicle from potential heatstroke. More>>

Senator Hagan and Speaker Tillis agree on dates for two debates

Two dates have been set for debates between Sen. Kay Hagan and NC House Speaker Thom Tillis. Two dates have been set for debates between Sen. Kay Hagan and NC House Speaker Thom Tillis.
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Senator Kay Hagan and NC House Speaker Thom Tillis have agreed on three debates and have now set the dates for two of them.Democratic incumbent, Kay Hagan, will defend her seat against Republican Thom Tillis during the upcoming mid-term elections in November. More>>

Car hits bear in Craven County

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Highway Patrol troopers responded to an accident involving a bear Sunday night. More>>

Martin County man wanted after community complaints lead to drug bust

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Deputies with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office tell 9 On Your Side that tips from concerned citizens led them to a drug bust. Now they need your help finding a man. More>>

"Swinging for Shwachman" raises money, awareness for SDS Video included

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East Carolina linebacker coach Duane Price and his wife Becca hosted the first ever "Swinging for Shwachman" event to raise money and awareness for a syndrome that their 11 year old son, Chilton suffers from. More>>

Deputies arrest suspect in fatal La Grange shooting Video included

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Lenoir County deputies have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with a murder last week in La Grange. More>>

Greenville man facing statutory rape charges due in court Monday Video included

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A Greenville man is under arrest after the Pitt County Sheriff's Office said he sexually assaulted an underage girl. More>>

Jones County: Marine charged after Saturday night road rage incident

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Deputies say a marine is facing several charges after repeatedly ramming his vehicle into another vehicle Saturday night in Jones County. More>>

Pitt County social clubs hold rally to end violence Video included

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Pitt County community groups and social clubs held a rally Sunday evening at C.M. Eppes Recreational Center demanding an end to violence. More>>

Coast Guard medevacs woman near Atlantic Beach

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The Coast Guard medevaced a 57-year-old woman Sunday about 14 miles southwest of Atlantic Beach. More>>

2-year-old boy hit by car in Pender County, dies

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Authorities are investigating after a 2-year-old boy was hit by a car and killed in Pender County. More>>

Security drills involve Hatteras-Ocracoke ferries

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The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route and terminals will be part of security exercise drills.
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NC teacher assistants' future key in budget talks Video included

A Superior Court judge has struck down parts of new rules. A Superior Court judge has struck down parts of new rules.
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The most high-profile fight between the House and Senate in extended North Carolina budget negotiations is over how large they want teacher pay increases to be.
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Jacksonville residents join in national illegal immigration protest Video included

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People in Jacksonville joined in on the two-day nationwide protest against illegal immigration.

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Fighting violence with Day of Love block party Video included

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A community it's in eastern North Carolina is used love to fight violence. On Saturday, dozens of people gathered at the "Day of Love" block party in Greenville. More>>

Kevin Reddick holds camp in his hometown of New Bern Video included

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Star linebacker Kevin Reddick returned to Eastern North Carolina this week to throw a camp in his home town of New Bern. More>>

NC lottery director says there is room for growth Video included

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As North Carolina's Education Lottery has grown, so have the demands on its revenue.
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Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

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World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the... More>>

Carolinas opinion mixed on offshore drilling

Opinions are mixed in the Carolinas to the Obama administration decision opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore energy exploration. More>>

Ex-NC chief pleads guilty after investigation

The former police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation involving his son, who is a convicted felon. More>>

NC man accused of threatening to kill girlfriend

Deputies in Cumberland County have arrested a Fayetteville man after investigators say he set fire to his girlfriend's bed while she was lying in it. More>>

Fort Bragg airman killed in exercise identified

Officials at Fort Bragg have identified the airman who died after he was run over by a government vehicle during an Air Force training exercise. More>>

Fatal wreck near Jamesville

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Highway patrol tells 9 On Your Side a Greenville man died in a wreck in Martin County. More>>

Deputies: Holly Ridge man arrested for molesting step-granddaughter

Deputies arrest Willis Griffin Jr. on 7/18/14 for sex crimes with 13 year old. Deputies arrest Willis Griffin Jr. on 7/18/14 for sex crimes with 13 year old.
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Onslow County Deputies arrest a Holly Ridge man for sex crimes with his 13-year-old step-granddaughter. More>>

FDA warns against powdered caffeine

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The FDA says even a teaspoon of the powder caffeine could be lethal - it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee.  More>>

Kinston Chief addresses uptick in crime Video included

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 There's a spike in crime right now in the city of Kinston; from random shootings to gang violence. People want to know what police are doing to keep them safe. More>>

Greenville amends ordinance on private roads Video included

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The city of Greenville is standing up for homeowners living on private roads.This week the Planning and Zoning board amended an ordinance that now requires developers to build roads that meet the standards of public streets.In months prior, the city got a number of requests asking them to assume responsibility of private roads---which they can.But often times, those streets have fallen into disrepair and lack drainage requirements. To ease the financial burden of residents, all new roads, pub... More>>

Giving rural communities access to affordable dental care Video included

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Giving people access to affordable dental care and helping students learn is the idea behind East Carolina University's community service dental learning centers. More>>

Three arrested, one stabbed in Washington Co. burglary Video included

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A family of ten was at home when three men broke-in and tried to rob them. More>>

Newport man jailed for sex offense

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A Newport man is accused of statutory rape. More>>

Mechanical issues impact Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry

Mechanical problems are plaguing the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry runs. More>>

NC health officials urge vigilance for mosquitoes Video included

Health officials in North Carolina want residents to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites after Florida announced its first two locally acquired cases of chikungunya. More>>

Shane Carden named to Walter Camp Watch List Video included

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East Carolina senior quarterback Shane Carden is one of 50 players named to the initial 2014 Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Watch List the foundation announced Friday morning. More>>

Deputies: Two arrested for assault with a deadly weapon

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Deputies say they’ve arrested two men for an assault. More>>

3 busted in cocaine investigation

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Police say they busted three men in a cocaine investigation. More>>

One shot in Plymouth home invasion Video included

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A home was broken into Thursday night in Plymouth. More>>

5 arrested in Onslow, Pender sex offender compliance operation Video included

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The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force joined up with various federal, state, and local agencies in Onslow and Pender counties. More>>

NC unemployment rate remains flat at 6.4 percent

North Carolina's unemployment rate remained flat for June, as the number of people with full-time jobs slipped slightly from the prior month. More>>

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