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SouthBound: Barton Swaim On The Struggle Of Being A Conservative Writer Opposed To Trump

Three years ago, Barton Swaim gave us an inside look at a bizarre moment in American politics. His book “The Speechwriter” was a memoir of his time working with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, when Sanford went missing and then tried to cover up an affair by saying he had been out walking the Appalachian Trail.

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As floodwaters from former-Hurricane Florence's massive rains continue to flow through the Carolinas, the end of the storm's damage is nowhere in sight.

Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that "America grieves for you" as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind.

North Carolina's Court of Appeals says a prisoner convicted of killing a pair of brothers in Charlotte must have the chance to be released one day because he committed the crimes when he was 17.

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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Hurricane Florence delivered a punch to Charlotte's tree canopy, causing some to fall before the heavier bands even arrived. The city's chief arborist provides a post-Florence assessment of Charlotte's signature trees.

Republican Andy Dulin said Tuesday he will skip next week's televised forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters. He said the group sides with Democrats.
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Updated: 11 a.m.

Some local Republican candidates will skip upcoming forums co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, saying the organization is biased against the GOP.

Roy Cooper talks with out-of-state emergency workers at a temporary dormitory in Wilmington Tuesday.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA chief Brock Long visited Wilmington Tuesday afternoon to view damage from Hurricane Florence and meet out-of-state emergency workers camped at a shopping mall.


Jury selection begins Wednesday in the trial of former UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen, the brother of the Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen.

Wilmington residents are emerging from homes and shelters after riding out Hurricane Florence.  Power was still out on Front Street Sunday afternoon, but a few businesses were open for those who ventured out, providing food and supplies or a beer among friends.


South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster confirmed there have been six deaths in the state attributed to Hurricane Florence. The latest fatality was Rhonda Hartley, 30, who died Sunday in a car crash due to floodwaters in Lexington County.

Cars lined up to get food and supplies at two distribution points in Wilmington Tuesday, Sept. 18.
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WILMINGTON — Power is still out and most stores are still closed in the parts of southeastern North Carolina hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Emergency food distributions began Tuesday in several counties, including the coastal county of New Hanover. 


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