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White House hosts local officials, touts impact of policies

By JOSH BOAK FILE - President Joe Biden smiles in the Oval Office of the White House, Sept. 16, 2022, in Washington. The White House is reaching out to local governments. It's hosting officials from North Carolina on Thursday to highlight funding opportunities and hear firsthand how coronavirus relief, infrastructure dollars and other policies are faring in communities. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) The White House has a new effort to

Racism seen as root of water crisis in Mississippi capital

By DREW COSTLEY Deneka Samuel, of Jackson, Miss., cannot hide her disappointment and frustration at the problems with the city's water system, that she partially blames on racism shown by state and federal governments at the Black-majority city, Sept. 7, 2022, as she stands in the parking lot of Mount Nebo Baptist Church during a meeting of some African American community leaders with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael S. Regan,

Inside the abbey, a funeral fit for a leader

By DANICA KIRKA A piper plays during the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in London, Monday Sept. 19, 2022. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP) I couldn’t see the lone piper. But it didn’t matter. As the sounds of the Scottish lament, “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep,” faded into the silence of Westminster Abbey, it finally struck me that Queen Elizabeth II was really gone. The queen loved bagpipes so much that

Mmoh Takes The ATC Title In Cary

CARY—#7 seed Michael Mmoh defeated #8 seed Dominik Koepfer 7-5; 6-3 in the final round of the Atlantic Tire Championship today. The tournament was held at the Cary Tennis Park from September 11 to the finals today.  Mmoh won 74% of his first serve points and saved 67% of breakpoints throughout the match to carry him to victory. Many of you may be familiar with the name Mmoh because Michael’s

How are people surviving?

“Like, how are people surviving?” That is the question that was posed to millions of followers on social media by Cardi B regarding this economy that is still not showing the signs of real recovery. For someone in her shoes, a millionaire several times over, there might not be a significant change in her lifestyle or bank account, but that is not the case for most Americans, especially those in

Package explodes on Boston campus; 1 injured, FBI involved

By WILLIAM J. KOLE Police and emergency personnel respond the scene of an explosion in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. A package exploded on the campus of Northeastern University and the college said a staff member suffered minor injuries. (WCVB via AP) A package exploded on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston late Tuesday, and the college said a staff member suffered minor injuries. Authorities said another suspicious package

Judge unseals additional portions of Mar-a-Lago affidavit

By ERIC TUCKER Former President Donald Trump gestures while playing golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  A federal judge Tuesday unsealed additional portions of an FBI affidavitlaying out the basis for a search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, showing that agents earlier obtained a hard drive after issuing a subpoena for surveillance footage recorded inside Mar-a-Lago. A heavily redacted

NC Supreme Court to hear voter ID arguments next month

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Oral arguments over the constitutionality of North Carolina’s photo voter identification law will be held next month, the state Supreme Court has decided in another ruling determined along partisan lines.  In a 4-3 decision, the justices who are registered as Democrats agreed with attorneys for minority voters who had asked the state’s highest court in July to move the case along more quickly.  These voters are plaintiffs in

Democrats try to seize political offensive ahead of midterms

By WILL WEISSERT FILE - President Joe Biden takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a Democratic National Committee event at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Sept. 8, 2022, in Oxon Hill, Md. A boisterous mood marked the Democratic National Committee’s recent summer gathering near Washington. Party officials are feeling emboldened ahead of midterm elections, a turnabout from the effects of high inflation and other political

Small plane crashes into Lake Hartwell

A single-engine plane crashed into a lake on Saturday near the border of South Carolina and Georgia, officials said.  The Federal Aviation Administration told news outlets that the Beechcraft B55 Baron crashed into Lake Hartwell near Anderson Regional Airport in Anderson, S.C.  Rescue crews were searching for the pilot, the only person believed to be aboard the plane, news outlets reported.  Lake Hartwell is a 56,000-acre lake that spans part