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Missing North Carolina girl’s stepfather convicted of failing to report child’s disappearance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina jury on May 31 found Christopher Palmiter, stepfather of missing Cornelius girl Madalina Cojocari, guilty of failure to report the disappearance of a child to law enforcement. The Mecklenburg County jury took 15 minutes after Palmiter’s weeklong trial to reach a verdict, according to FOX 8 Greensboro. “He was the person in the role …

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Missing Madalina Cojocari's mother pleads guilty to failure to report disappearance, may be deported

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Diana Cojocari, mother of missing North Carolina girl Madalina Cojocari, pleaded guilty Monday morning to one count of failure to report a missing child. Madalina was last seen getting off a school bus in her hometown of Cornelius, just north of Charlotte, on Nov. 21, 2022, when she was 11 years old. Public defenders changed Diana’s plea …

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Raleigh, NC, mayor says she won't run again, citing health, family

The mayor of North Carolina’s capital city announced on Tuesday that she won’t seek reelection this fall, citing in part health challenges and mentioning a new job. Mary-Ann Baldwin, whose time on Raleigh’s city council goes back to 2007, has been mayor since December 2019. Raleigh is North Carolina’s second-largest city by population with over 475,000 people. “It’s time to …

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Small plane makes emergency landing on NC highway, clipping 2 vehicles

A small plane experiencing engine problems struck two vehicles as it landed on a highway near a North Carolina airport, but no injuries were reported, authorities said. The single-engine Lancair 360 with only the pilot on board landed near Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County Airport in Sanford around 4:20 p.m. Thursday after experiencing engine problems, the Federal Aviation Administration …

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1 hospitalized after North Carolina college dorm shooting

One person was hospitalized after reports of a shooting at a residence hall at North Carolina Central University, police said. Police were called to Lawson Street Residence Complex at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the university in Durham. The school was placed on lockdown, and a campus alert was issued warning those in the area of …

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North Carolina reports over 400,000 enrolled in Medicaid expansion program

Enrollment in North Carolina’s new Medicaid coverage for low-income adults has surpassed 400,000 in the expansion program’s first four months, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Monday. The full health benefits coverage for some adults ages 19-64 who earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid began on Dec. 1, roughly two months after lawmakers completed their last step to implement …

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North Carolina GOP elects Trump-endorsed executive director as its next chairman

North Carolina Republican activists have chosen the person running the state’s party day-today operations to become its next chairman, succeeding Michael Whatley after he was elevated to lead the Republican National Committee earlier this month. Members of the state GOP’s Executive Committee voting Tuesday night in Johnston County elected party Executive Director Jason Simmons as state chairman over Lee County …

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First week of NC sports betting sees almost $200M in wagers: 'strong start'

Legalized statewide sports wagering in North Carolina from smartphones and desktops that began two weeks ago is off to a “strong start,” a state lottery official said on Wednesday, likely buoyed by betting on college basketball at its season’s apex. Preliminary monetary numbers for the first day and first week of sports wagering were presented at a meeting of the …

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NC Supreme Court declines challenge to Confederate monument's removal

North Carolina’s highest court declined on Friday to revive a challenge to the decision by Asheville city leaders to remove in 2021 a downtown monument honoring a Civil War-era governor. The state Supreme Court agreed unanimously that it had been appropriate to dismiss legal claims filed by an historic preservation group that had helped raise money to restore the 75-foot …

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