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Jails are all ears for inmates' phone calls

Listening in to calls can be time-consuming, prosecutors and defense attorneys say, but it also can yield gems of information that make or break a case. Full story

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Croatan Beach residents say too much dredging hurts shoreline

Near-constant dredging directs sand to resort beaches north of Rudee Inlet, resulting in smaller beaches, lower dunes and more danger to Oceanfront homes, residents said. Full story

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Time could not topple this centuries-old Manteo tree

Tree-ring borings a half-century ago dated the live oak to the mid-1500s. It would have sprouted into a sapling about the time Queen Elizabeth I took the throne.  Full story

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Political squabbles can't squash Portsmouth parade fun

Thousands of spectators watched the Memorial Day parade, waving flags and cheering on the bands — even as a few residents collected signatures to oust Mayor Kenny Wright. Full story

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