This was one of the first proposals to be introduced and voted on the state Senate this year. The legislation that states magistrates can opt out of performing all marriages if they have a religious objection to it.
North Carolina's unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent in April, marking the first time in 11 months that the state's jobless rate was higher than the national average. The state Commerce Department released the closely-watched measure of North Carolina's economic fitness Wednesday.
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An 18-month-old Fayetteville girl who died after being found unresponsive in January suffered head and facial trauma, according to an autopsy report.
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