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Wednesday - April 23, 2014
Kindappers Went To The Wrong House

RALEIGH -- An indictment was handed down Tuesday from federal authorities against the group that allegedly kindapped 63-year-old Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home. The indictment alleges the kidnappers went to the wrong home.

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I-40 Closed In Western NC

RALEIGH -- I-40 is closed in both directions between Asheville and the Tennessee State Line due to an overturned chemical tanker at Mile Marker 6, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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Gov. McCrory Has Announced A New Plan To Tackle Coal Ash Basins

RALEIGH -- Governor Pat McCrory announced a plan Wednesday that would address coal ash ponds and strengthen environmental and health regulations. The initiative would result in the conversion or closure of all the state’s coal ash ponds, close loopholes in state law to strengthen the state’s ability to regulate coal ash ponds, eliminate special exemptions for utilities and increase regulatory authority to ensure dam safety and protect water quality.

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NC Supreme Court Heard Arguments Involving Role Of Race In Death Sentence

RALEIGH -- North Carolina's highest court is again looking into the state's capital punishment laws. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases involving convicted murderers whose trials were scrutinized under the now-repealed Racial Justice Act. Prosecutor Danielle Elder argued the death penalty should be reinstated in the cases.

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Same-Sex Ban Supporters Have Responded To Recent Legal Action

RALEIGH -- Supporters of the constitutional ban on gay marriage say there was no need for an additional legal action this week. Tammi Fitzgerald with the North Carolina Values Coalition says her group and others also want to make sure the will of the voters is fully represented by the state.

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State Designates Retirement Communiites

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced that Tarboro and Edenton have been designated Certified Retirement Communities. The General Assembly established the program in 2008 to designate communities that offer unprecedented quality of living that is desirable to retirees. “This designation will be a valuable economic development tool for both Tarboro and Edenton and their residents,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “The people of Tarboro and Edenton recognize the valuable contributions that retirees can make to enhance their community.”

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