- North Carolina's Senate has given approval to a $21.1 billion state budget that gives public school teachers an average 7 percent raise and kindergarten through college classrooms $113 million more in funding.
- An audit says state health officials' failure to get federal certification for a new Medicaid payment system could put at least some of the planned savings of $10 million a year at risk.
- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.
- A statement from ECU says their preliminary analysis of the proposed state budget shows the legislature "responded positively" to concerns about budget cuts that would have had detrimental impacts on the Brody School of Medicine.
Poll Results: The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. Inspectors will focus more on food safety and plant cleanliness, which could reduce foodborne illnesses. Do you think such change is needed?