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North Carolina native, pro wrestling mogul tapped for Trump’s Cabinet

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the United State’s federal agency in charge of helping small businesses get loans and government contracts is a North Carolina native from New Bern, a graduate of East Carolina University, and big-time donor to Trump’s charity and to Republican candidates. Linda McMahon, who twice unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate from Connecticut, grew a small, family-owned regional wrestling company with her husband Vince in the 1980s into the now-famous WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

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Idaho’s long wait for a second federal judge just got longer

With Congress nearing adjournment, Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho have had no luck in getting the GOP-controlled Senate to confirm David Nye as the state’s second federal judge. Both senators are hoping that President-elect Donald Trump will renominate Nye for the position in 2017.

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Suspect in Georgia cop killing found dead

Authorities surrounded a house in Americus, GA, where authorities found the body of Minquell Lembrick, who is accused of killing of Americus police officer Nicholas Smarr and wounding of Georgia Southwestern campus police officer Jody Smith. Sumter County Coroner Greg Hancock confirmed Lembrick was dead at the scene just after noon.

Politics & Government

Pearl Harbor, Oakland fire tributes are stuck in the Senate, and spending bill could be next

Wednesday, it was symbolic resolutions on the Pearl Harbor anniversary and last week’s deadly Oakland warehouse fire. Thursday, it could be funding to keep the federal government open beyond Friday. So far, a few Senate Democrats have made good on their promise to block Senate business until Congress approves a permanent fix a permanent fix to a pension plan that more than 100,000 retired coal miners and their families depend on for health care.

Business

Economists expect steady SC job growth in 2017

Jobs in South Carolina are expected grow by a steady 2.6 percent in 2017 because of healthy expansion of the state’s industrial base across all regions. The manufacturing sector and the professional and business services sector were the fastest growing industries in South Carolina this year. Rebuilding from the 2015 flood and Hurricane Matthew is expected to boost construction jobs.

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Bond hearing for woman accused in hit-and -run death of Benedict basketball player

The woman accused of fleeing the scene after hitting and killing a Benedict College basketball player and injuring another with her car was given a $75,000 bond Tuesday. Yalonda Lewis, 31, is charged with hit and run involving a death and hit and run with injury in connection with the Sunday collision that killed 22-year-old Rashee Hodges.
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Bond hearing for woman accused in hit-and -run death of Benedict basketball player 1:25

Bond hearing for woman accused in hit-and -run death of Benedict basketball player

1 dead and 2 injured in accident at DAK Americas in Gaston 1:37

1 dead and 2 injured in accident at DAK Americas in Gaston

One dead, two hospitalized after accident at DAK Americas in Gaston 3:27

One dead, two hospitalized after accident at DAK Americas in Gaston

Nursery Road Elementary School Teacher honored with Milken Award 0:28

Nursery Road Elementary School Teacher honored with Milken Award