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Understanding The $15 Billion Dominion Energy-SCANA Deal

State regulators approved Dominion Energy’s $15 billion purchase of troubled South Carolina-based utility SCANA Friday. South Carolina’s Public Service Commission approved the Virginia-based company’s offer of cash and stock to buy SCANA, which is the parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas.

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We have four big TVs in the WFAE newsroom. One is tuned to local news, and the other three are on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. All week long, those last three TVs – and sometimes the other one, too – featured the same images over and over again: Someone who used to work for President Trump, being led into or out of a courthouse.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating after a woman and a 5-year-old were shot in a Steele Creek home early Sunday morning.

It's been 40 years since doctors in San Antonio first organized a conference about breast cancer to educate local physicians. A few nationally known experts flew in, and at an airport hotel, some 140 people — mainly men — talked over slide presentations.

The event has grown — and evolved — since 1978. This year, some 7,500 people gathered in early December at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world's largest annual conference devoted to breast cancer.

Environmentally conscious consumers often ask me whether a real Christmas tree or an artificial one is the more sustainable choice. As a horticulture and forestry researcher, I know this question is also a concern for the Christmas tree industry, which is wary of losing market share to artificial trees.

President Trump called a Friday ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act "Great news for America!" Democratic lawmakers rushed to decry the decision, calling it "monstrous" and "harmful." And Republican lawmakers remained mostly quiet Saturday.


Embattled Republican Mark Harris said in a TV interview Friday that he personally approved hiring Bladen County political operative McCrae Dowless, and said Dowless told him that he and his employees would never collect ballots from voters.

Updated at 8:35 p.m. ET

President Trump said Friday evening that Mick Mulvaney, his director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be the acting White House chief of staff.

It's unclear how long Mulvaney will serve in the role, succeeding outgoing chief of staff John Kelly. Trump announced on Dec. 8 that Kelly would leave at the end of the year.

Map shows the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The builders of the $7 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline say they will appeal a federal court ruling Thursday that invalidated a permit allowing the pipeline to be built through two national forests and across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

Bladen County voters said people supporting Republican Mark Harris pressured them to vote early, and offered to pick up their absentee by mail ballots.
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The Republican-controlled General Assembly has passed a bill that would require a do-over of the party primaries in the 9th Congressional District if the North Carolina Board of Elections says there should be a new election due to fraud.

The North Carolina State Board of Election and Ethics Enforcement says it will hold a public evidentiary hearing on voting irregularities in the 9th Congressional District next year.

The hearing, set for 10 a.m. Jan. 11, 2019, will focus on the investigation into the results of the Nov. 6 election that the board has twice declined to certify. The board said it would meet and hold a hearing on or before Dec. 21. 


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