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UPDATED at 6:10 p.m. Thursday

Governors Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Henry McMaster of South Carolina have both declared a state of emergency so state and local officials can better prepare for Hurricane Irma.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is ordering the evacuations of 143 health care facilities on the coast. He said he’ll decide Saturday morning whether to order an evacuation for residents. But he warns the major highways are already getting crowded with people leaving Florida and Georgia.

UDPATED 10:10 a.m. August 25, 2017

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster directed all state and local agencies to stop funding for abortion clinics. Thursday’s executive order includes attempting federal permission to exclude abortion clinics from Medicaid’s provider network.

Jerry Lewis
The Jerry Lewis Show

  Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side.

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Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday, days after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.

The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early Saturday morning from Duke Chapel where it stood among 10 historical figures depicted in the entryway. Another statue of Lee was at the heart of a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) — Police say a man pepper-sprayed Confederate re-enactors in North Carolina during a reunion parade.

News outlets quote police as saying that 56-year-old Karl Smith of Morganton has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Protesters on Thursday marched on the Durham County courthouse in support of the demonstration that brought down a Confederate statue, while a monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee was vandalized nearby at Duke University.

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 North Carolina's biggest health insurer has picked a top executive with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to become its next CEO.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Tuesday that Dr. Patrick Conway will become the insurer's chief executive on Oct. 1. He will replace Brad Wilson, who is retiring.

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.
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Updated at 3:47 p.m. 

Some South Carolina Lawmakers have called for a special session to deal with the abandonment of two nuclear reactors announced earlier this week. $9 billion has already been spent building the V.C. Summer plant about 30 miles north of Columbia.

The biggest health insurance company in the state says it doesn’t need as big of a rate increase as originally thought for its individual Affordable Care Act plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Wednesday it was reducing its request.

Updated at 2:55 p.m., August 1, 2017

A committee has approved a ban on courtroom work by a center founded at the University of North Carolina to help the poor and disenfranchised.

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