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    13 NC kids killed since 1999 by drivers passing school buses Video included

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    NC drivers pass stopped school buses every day, violating state laws requiring drivers to yield when a bus's stop arm is extended.
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    Drunk driving: Lasting impact, inconsistent punishment Video included

    Driver arrested for drunk driving in Apex on Aug. 29, 2013. Driver arrested for drunk driving in Apex on Aug. 29, 2013.
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    Drunk driving can have a lifelong impact,  but enforcement across North Carolina is inconsistent. More>>

    Gov. McCrory raises concerns over Coal Ash Commission Video included

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    Gov. Pat McCrory says he'll sign a "coal ash cleanup" bill in response to this year's massive spill, but he says he has strong issues with the legislation.
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    Aqua NC testing 'dirty' water in Wake Forest neighborhood Video included

    Wendy Callahan took this photo of an Aqua NC truck in the Crescent Ridge neighborhood. Wendy Callahan took this photo of an Aqua NC truck in the Crescent Ridge neighborhood.
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    A WNCN Investigates report is prompting action after a Wake Forest family complained its tap water was brown in color. More>>

    Wake Forest neighborhood says drinking water is 'dirty' Video included

    Neighbors in the Crescent Ridge neighborhood say their water is discolored and often leaves behind a trail of sediment. Neighbors in the Crescent Ridge neighborhood say their water is discolored and often leaves behind a trail of sediment.
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    Neighbors in the Crescent Ridge neighborhood say their water is discolored and often leaves behind a trail of sediment. More>>

    McCrory failed to report Duke Energy stock ownership in 2013 Video included

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    Filings with the North Carolina Ethics Commission show Gov. Pat McCrory failed to properly disclose his ownership of Duke Energy stock in 2013. More>>

    Lawmakers hope rules ease concerns about fracking in NC Video included

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    Protesters and environmental groups have taken a stand against fracking, while the General Assembly has worked to get the ball rolling in North Carolina. More>>

    Lawmakers announce major reform plan for VA health care Video included

    Lawmakers say a $17 billion plan will help veterans get quicker VA help. Lawmakers say a $17 billion plan will help veterans get quicker VA help.
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    The U.S. House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees announced a plan Monday to reform the Veterans Affairs health care system.   

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    Pretrial programs cut down on overcrowding; but are they worth it? Video included

    Troy Arrington Jr., 27, and Derick Davis II, 23 Troy Arrington Jr., 27, and Derick Davis II, 23
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    The two men of the men accused of beating a UNC professor to death had both been released from jail less than a month before the murder. More>>

    Penn. company illegally trying to purchase mineral rights in NC Video included

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    It has been less than three months since North Carolina lawmakers approved fracking in the state and now one out-of-state company ready to get the ball rolling.


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    Raleigh neighborhood hopes 'nasty water' clears up soon Video included

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    A Raleigh neighborhood plagued with filthy drinking water is hoping to see some relief after a new, larger water tank was installed. More>>

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay Video included

    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work. Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
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    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive. More>>

    Veteran says Fayetteville VA missed his cancer diagnosis Video included

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    Retired marine Edward Kirby sought help outside the Fayetteville VA after waiting a year for care.
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    Employees accused of inappropriate scheduling at Durham VA

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    An employee with the Durham VA Medical Center charges other employees at the hospital kept veterans from getting help they needed. More>>

    Veteran says VA is waiting for them to die

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    Day in and day out, staff at the Durham VA Medical Center work to give veterans their well-earned care. More>>

    Millions saved in flood insurance could cost NC taxpayers after next storm Video included

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    New maps released by North Carolina have many properties moving out of flood zones and saving homeowners on insurance costs. But the new maps could also plunge a federal program already flooded with debt deeper into the hole.
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    Duke Energy removing ash from the Dan River Video included

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    The coal ash clean-up continued on Monday afternoon as Duke Energy allowed media to watch operations at Abreu-Grogon Park. More>>

    Duke Energy stands by permit in wake of Cape Fear Plant leak Video included

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    Duke Energy hosted an information fair at its Cape Fear Plant in Moncure for citizen to ask questions and talk to employees. More>>

    Aqua NC to construct 300K gallon water tank in Wake Forest

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    Aqua North Carolina announced Friday it planned to construct an elevated 300,000 gallon water tank in Wake Forest.
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    WNCN Investigates: Raleigh neighborhood has a 'nasty water' problem Video included

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    Water in the Jordan Woods neighborhood contains high levels of manganese, which the EPA says can damage the nervous system in adults and cause learning disabilities in children. More>>

    WNCN investigates coal ash in NC Video included

    Duke Energy says it will take at least two years to clean up the entire mess left by a collapsed pipe at its retired Dan River Steam Station, as well as sites near Asheville and Charlotte. More>>

    Farmers worry about using river water after coal ash spill Video included

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    Dozens of farmers and livestock owners living along the Dan River wonder if toxins from coal ash will prevent them from using the river for irrigation. More>>

    DENR: Duke coal ash pond pumping could be illegal Video included

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    Duke Energy is facing new questions and possible legal trouble after photographs showed the utility pumping wastewater into a canal feeding the Cape Fear River. More>>

    Flu hitting young adults in NC hardest this season Video included

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    Of this flu season's 74 deaths, 30 have been people between the ages of 25 to 49. More>>

    NC residents skirting public housing requirements

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    WNCN found people living in public housing who aren't eligible to be there. And some people who are making much more money than you may think. More>>

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    Tax delinquency a billion dollar problem for NC Video included

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    North Carolina is owed about a billion dollars in back taxes, more than $10 million of which is tied to the worst offenders. More>>

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    Getting the best deals in NC hospitals Video included

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    Under a new pricing-transparency law going into effect next year, N.C. hospitals must submit charges for 140 of their most common procedures. More>>

    Durham man becomes someone else after identity stolen Video included

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    The federal government's latest report estimates that about 300,000 people in N.C. become victims of identity theft each year. More>>

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    How safe is NC train travel?

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    For the last two years, North Carolina trains have led the nation in both revenue and ridership growth. More>>

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    Fayetteville builder cited for 12 violations, license suspended

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    The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors issued a 12-month stayed suspension to a new home builder following a WNCN investigation into the home builder. More>>

    Gov. McCrory signs bill protecting consumers from drinking toxic water Video included

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    As a result of WNCN's investigation "Poison in the Water," Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law to prevent North Carolinians from drinking toxic chemicals. More>>

    Private well owners educational web site

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    Private well owners must test their own water to ensure its safety. The web site set up by DENR will help guide private well owners through how to check their water for contaminates. More>>

    Wake Forest homes get clean water supply Video included

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    Last September, dozens of homes in Wake Forest found traces of TCE in their wells. Some of those homes are getting hooked up to a clean public supply of water Wednesday. More>>

    WNCN newscast on 'Poison in the Water' wins Murrow Award Video included

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    WNCN's newscast of Oct. 25, 2102, has won a prestigious Murrow Award. More>>

    Wake Forest residents drink contaminated water for years Video included

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    A Wake Forest neighborhood drinks contaminated water for years. More>>

    Changes recommended to fix Wake Co. water problems

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    Wake County's water quality director outlined a number of recommendations Monday. More>>

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    • Letter found with body of App State student, police say

      Letter found with body of App State student, police say

      Monday, September 15 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:16:12 GMT
      The body of Anna Smith was discovered in a heavily wooded area in Boone.The body of Anna Smith was discovered in a heavily wooded area in Boone.
      The Boone Police Department said a letter was discovered with the body of an Appalachian State University student, indicating her death may have been a suicide.
      The Boone Police Department said a letter was discovered with the body of an Appalachian State University student, indicating her death may have been a suicide.
    • 'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

      'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

      Friday, September 12 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:38:35 GMT
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      A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.
      A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.
    • 3 Panther Creek students injured in Cary crash

      3 Panther Creek students injured in Cary crash

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:36:13 GMT
      Three students from Panther Creek High School were injured Tuesday in an accident involving a SUV and a dump truck.
      Three students from Panther Creek High School were injured Tuesday in an accident involving a SUV and a dump truck.
    • DENR released more than 13,000 pages of public records after the massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2, 2014, on the Dan River.

      Below, you can browse and search those documents. If you find anything that you believe deserves to be looked in to further, you can contact the WNCN Investigates team at wncninvestigates@wncn.com.

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    • High Level LSD Distributor Arrested in Madison County

      High Level LSD Distributor Arrested in Madison County

      Monday, September 15 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:23:08 GMT
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      MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says they have made an arrest of a high level distributor of Synthetic LSD between Madison, Starkville and Mississippi State University. 
      MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says they have made an arrest of a high level distributor of Synthetic LSD between Madison, Starkville and Mississippi State University. 
    • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

      16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

      Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
      A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
      A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    • September Is National Recovery Month

      September Is National Recovery Month

      Monday, September 15 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:11:16 GMT
      HATTIESBURG, Miss. - September is National Recovery Month. It's a month that brings awareness to and honors those who have overcome substance abuse. "Most people are just really unaware of their addiction. Most people are in denial about it," said Isaac Boose, Director of Pine Grove's Next Step Center.Next Step it a 12 step program that aids men into chemical dependent recovery, and is a top program in the country, according to Boose."We confront all of the things that they are afraid of, and...
      HATTIESBURG, Miss. - September is National Recovery Month. It's a month that brings awareness to and honors those who have overcome substance abuse. "Most people are just really unaware of their addiction. Most people are in denial about it," said Isaac Boose, Director of Pine Grove's Next Step Center.Next Step it a 12 step program that aids men into chemical dependent recovery, and is a top program in the country, according to Boose."We confront all of the things that they are afraid of, and...
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