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RALEIGH — The start of the new school year has reinforced the question many North Carolina voters have pondered for decades when choosing the state’s chief executive: who is truly an “Education Governor?” Both Republican incumbent Pat McCrory and the man seeking to unseat him, Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, have tried so far during their closely fought gubernatorial race to prove they’re worthy of that mantle — worn previously by prominent Govs. Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford, Jim Holshouser and Charles Aycock. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 650 words.


PARKMAN, Maine — The converted turkey coop that a co-founder of Burt’s Bees once called home in Maine is going to be saved and displayed at the company’s headquarters in North Carolina. Burt’s Bees has bought the structure where Burt Shavitz once lived and has moved it to Durham, where it’s going on display this fall. By David Sharp. SENT: 550 words, photos.


NORFOLK, Va. — Hermine spun away from the East Coast on Sunday, removing the threat of heavy rain but maintaining enough power to churn dangerous waves and rip currents and keep beaches off-limits to disappointed swimmers and surfers during the holiday weekend. The system picked up strength in the Atlantic Ocean and could regain hurricane force later Sunday as it travels up the coast. Forecasters expect it to stall over the water before weakening again to a tropical storm by Tuesday. By Ben Finley. SENT: 850 words, photos.


WILSON — By Christmas of 2014, Melissa Hanson was tired of being sick. For months, she had been vomiting and feeling weak without explanation. As she stared at the plate of food in front of her, she realized that as much as she wanted to, she just couldn’t eat anymore. By Kelsey Padgett, The Wilson Times. SENT: 1,830 words as an AP Member Exchange.


— CAMPAIGN 2016-CLINTON, from CHARLOTTE — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is planning a public campaign stop Thursday in Charlotte. SENT: APNewsNow.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-HERMINE-NORTH CAROLINA, from MANTEO — The National Park Service has reopened visitor centers and campgrounds along North Carolina’s Outer Banks closed as Tropical Storm Hermine moved through the area. SENT: APNewsNow.

— SOUND WALLS, from FAYETTEVILLE — Some residents in Fayetteville are signing a petition asking the state to build soundproof walls along a section of the city’s Outer Loop because of the noise in their neighborhoods. SENT: APNewsNow.

— POOL DEATH, from RALEIGH — Investigators are trying to determine what happened to a 17-year-old girl found dead in a community pool in Raleigh. SENT: APNewsNow.

— SPORTS BAR KILLING, from FAYETTEVILLE — Investigators say a man has been beaten to death in the parking lot of a Fayetteville sports bar. SENT: APNewsNow.

— RALEIGH DEATH, from RALEIGH — Detectives have charged a 20-year-old man with murder in the death of a man whose body was found in a Raleigh yard. SENT: APNewsNow.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULT, from RAHWAY, N.J. — Authorities in New Jersey say a man sought in the sex assault of a child four years ago has been captured in North Carolina. SENT: APNewsNow.



DARLINGTON, S.C. —Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to Sprint Cup success after a concussion in 2012. He’s betting he’ll do it once more in 2017 and beyond. Earnhardt spoke Sunday at Darlington Raceway, two days after he and Hendrick Motorsports announced the sport’s most popular driver would end his season as he continues recovery from concussion-like symptoms after a crash at Michigan in June. SENT: 640 words, photos.


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