Posted: 7:20 PM
- Gov. Pat McCrory has issued an executive order directing North Carolina's environmental agency to enforce all applicable laws to try to force Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash dumps.
- 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.
- 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.
- On Wednesday, a jury unanimously found Laurence Lovette not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Duke graduate student Abhijit Mahato. Lovette was accused of killing Mahato in January 2008.
- North Carolina House and Senate Republicans unveiled a plan for the state budget, which includes pay increases for teachers and retention of teacher assistants. While it sounds good, some teachers say it just doesn't add up.
- Runners in the Jacksonville area are encouraged to dress up as a "bad guy" and "run with the law" this Saturday, August 2nd. Proceeds from the race will go to the NC Special Olympics.
- The Coast Guard 5th District is stressing the importance of safe boating and swimming practices in the wake of 40 drowning deaths that occurred from northern New Jersey to southern North Carolina this summer.
- A day after Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neal completed his walk to Washington D.C. in efforts to re-open the closed Vidant Pungo Hospital, people we talked with in Belhaven believe it will happen.
- North Carolina and 12 other states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement to shut down the company and provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.